Native American relations:

Described as "dark", "loathsome", "filthy" people who falsely believed
they were "wronged" by their white "brethren". They need to be saved
from their filthiness and ignorance by the more elect white "gentile"
brethren. They, along with other dark-skinned people will turn white in
the end if they are good. Dark skin described as a curse and mark from


Never-mind Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Smith is the real man of God:

"… I do not believe that the people of the North have any more right to say that
the South shall not hold slaves, than the South have to say the North

…when I see persons in the free states signing documents against slavery, it
is no less, in my mind, than an array of influence, and a declaration
of hostilities against the people of the South! What can divide our
Union sooner, God only knows!

… the first mention we have of slavery is found in the holy bible,
pronounced by a man [Abraham]…who was perfect in his generation and
walked with God

...if the principle had been an evil one, in the midst of the communications
made to this holy man …[Abraham] would have been instructed
differently. And if he was instructed against holding men-servants and
maid-servants, he never ceased to do it; consequently must have
incurred the displeasures of the Lord and there
by lost his blessings -- which was not the fact."
-Joseph Smith, church magazine Messenger and Advocate, 1836

Alrighty then.

Womens' equality and rights:

"Divinely sanctioned" polygamy. Stay home (barefoot and pregnant). Women must not
enter the workforce. Feminism viewed as a "threat to the Church" by
Boyd K Packer.

Civil rights for blacks:

"The civil rights movement is a phony" is how Ezra Taft Benson put it. At this time leadership was
more concerned with abstaining from drinking tea and coffee than it was
with addressing the segregation issues of the day. They contributed to
the division by continuing to ban blacks from full membership.

Apparent disconnection with reality:

"...the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians."
Where is this found? Some obscure sentence by some random church figure from a long time ago?
Nope. It's on the INTRODUCTION PAGE of the Book of Mormon. Native
Americans are primarily of Hebrew descent. Evidence of how out-of-touch
the leadership is (a very diverse group)

When it comes to fitting in, sometimes I just have to say "No".

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In all fairness with your first two points: Neither of those stances were unique to church members. If you're going to be upset with them, *all* faiths of the time are toast. The Mormon faith was nowhere near as brutal as Catholicism or some Presbyterian faiths when it came to tearing Native American children from their homes in order to destroy their culture.

While it's fair to say "hey, wouldn't inspired men get it right?", things do need to be taken in historical context on both sides of the equation(non-Mormons weren't the only ones who used the red-light district that used to be between 1st and 2nd South in SLC!).
I agree with you on that point. Even now there are concerted efforts to keep Native American culture and languages alive because of what earlier "Christians" did to "convert" them. And I know there is still an astonishing amount of active racism and hate groups in the deep south who are church-going, active "Christians". I hate to see this kind of thing in any context.

Thanks for being the sort of sensible person who realizes that there's always more to the story. That just made my day. You have no idea how often I clash with people over that sort of thing. ;)
Hi all !
For me it was the Book of Abraham, once I knew it wasn't an authentic Book, I quickly came to realize how much of the Church's doctrine was really based on that book. Suddenly everything in "my religion" was false. It was a earth shaking moment for me. Then later I felt free...then again terrified and scared! After all, after 38 years of being a Mormon, now what? That was over a year ago. It still took me a year to get up the guts to resign my membership! I am such a chicken!


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