Skip to comments.Mitt's Mormon Army: How It Works
Posted on 02/04/2012 6:53:17 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Very, very good e-mail lists and an internal debate over whether to use them. I'm getting really tired of the ads for Romney campaign trips coming from this list serve, writes one young Mormon.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- At Mitt Romneys first rally here earlier this week, there were plenty of hints that the enthusiastic crowd of 1,000 was stacked with Mormons. Kids walked around in BYU sweatshirts, moms chatted about LDS youth groups, and at least one supporter was overheard talking about making phone calls for the candidate as part of "family home evening" -- a weekly family night the church encourages its members to hold.
But while it's no secret that Romney's coreligionists have swelled the ranks at campaign stops from Des Moines to Reno, one question about the Mormon vote has gone largely unanswered this primary season: How, exactly, have they gotten so organized?
"We heard about it from some friends in our [LDS] ward," said one woman standing outside a rally held in a Las Vegas hotel supply warehouse. "We're so glad we could make it." Another Mormon standing nearby chimed in, "Everyone we know is voting for Mitt!"
The secret to the grassroots success lies, in part, in the unique national structure and scrupulous record-keeping of the Utah-headquartered Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While the church itself is politically neutral, it contains the structural groundwork for one of the most organized and effective voting blocs in the countrysomething Romney is poised to capitalize on.
Heres how it works
In contrast with most other religions in the country, the Mormon Church is nationally organized in a strict, top-down fashion, like a corporation. Every congregation in the U.S. reports back to church headquarters in Salt Lake. Whenever an individual is baptized -- either as a child or as a convert -- local ministers take down the persons name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, and feed the information into a national database maintained by officials in Salt Lake (and only accessible to certain church leaders).
From there, the individuals are assigned to geographically-determined congregations -- or wards -- of about 200-300, which they attend on Sundays. Their contact information is filtered into a local ward list, which is distributed to all local congregants for planning purposes--from coordinating Sunday school, to working out the logistics for church barbeques.
For decades, these ward lists were printed out and distributed after Sunday services, but in recent years the system has migrated online to LDS.org, where Mormons create logins to access the contact information for every fellow believer in the area.
For active Mormons, wards often become the center of their social universe: its not uncommon for members to visit their local chapels three or four times a week for various activities and meetings. Additionally, Mormons participate in home and visiting teaching programs, which require them to visit certain ward members on a monthly basis. In this context, ward lists become invaluable tools for Mormons daily lifeinevitably finding their way into Google groups, listservs, and cell phones.
They also frequently become political tools.
Working the wards
The church expressly forbids using these directories for non-religious purposes, but that doesnt deter many politically active Mormons from working their ward lists to get out the vote. Reports abound of members blasting out congregational e-mails soliciting support for partisan causes and candidates. One Southern California ward received several e-mails urging congregants to vote for an LDS politician running for local office. And in nastier example of the practice, ward lists in Alpine, Utah were used to spread an anonymous smear campaign against a candidate on the eve of a local election.
Several Mormons told BuzzFeed that as the 2012 primaries heated up, they started to see their fellow congregants use ward lists to organize local efforts for Romney.
Here in Nevada, Ryan Erwin, a consultant for the Romney campaign, acknowledged that the candidate has benefitted from grassroots efforts by Latter-day Saints, and said the campaign is proud of their support. But he also thinks the Mormon factor has been overstated.
Mormons make up seven percent of the population here, Erwin said. If you read some of the reports in the media, youd think it was 90 percent its a little aggravating when youve worked for months to build up an organization and then they say, Well, he just won it because hes a Mormon.
That said, exit polls in 2008 showed that about 25 percent of Nevada caucus-goers self-identified as Mormon -- and Romney won that primary handily. This time around, polling indicates that hes headed for a similarly dominant victory, and if it happens, local Latter-day Saints will no doubt deserve a chunk of the credit.
Much like how Iowas Christian home-school vote advanced its own grassroots efforts for Mike Huckabee largely independently of his campaign, theres no evidence that Team Romney is officially coordinating with Mormon congregations. But anecdotal evidence suggests that a highly motivated base of Mormon supporters has effectively taken advantage of the LDS infrastructure to help Romney.
The Colonial First Ward listserv
One of the most illustrative examples is the Colonial First Ward listserv, which consists of more than 3,500 D.C.-area Mormons, many of them young and single.
E-mails obtained by BuzzFeed show the listserv being used frequently as a recruiting tool for Romney supporters -- gathering signatures to get the candidate on the Delaware ballot, requesting volunteers to aid the campaigns Illinois operation, and organizing a get-out-the-vote trip to South Carolina on the weekend of the primary.
The fruits of that last effort were obvious on the ground in Columbia, S.C., where dozens of young Mormon students from Virginia and D.C. were found rallying for Romney at various campaign stops.
But not everyone on the listserv has looked kindly upon efforts to transform the network into a booster club for Romney, and a number of members have e-mailed complaints.
Matt Larsen, a member of the listserv, wrote last October: I know Im probably going to make enemies here, but Im getting really tired of the ads for Romney campaign trips coming from this list serve. The disclaimer at the bottom of every list serve email states very clearly: Items that will not be posted/that will be removed include: promoting your business, promoting political ideologies, and inflammatory comments and rhetoric.
The protests appear to have been ignored though, with members continuing to send out e-mails as recently as last month that requested volunteer help for Romney.
The Colonial First Ward listserv seems to be a miraculous pro-Romney organizing tool, grumbled one D.C.-area Mormon, who is a Democrat. Whenever you get the contact information for 3,540 young Mormons in one place, I guess it has to be.
Were your history lessons learned from the KKK?
truth=hate only to one who hates the truth...
(1831 - 1844) JOSEPH SMITH Discoverer of the Golden plates, first Prophet
and Inventor of Mormonism:
“Had I anything to do with the negro , I would confine them by strict law to their own species and put them on a national equalization.’’
(1848 - 1877) BRIGHAM YOUNG 2nd Prophet and President
“...this people that are commonly called negroes are the children of old Cain. I know they are...” (Speech by Utah Gov. Brigham Young in Joint Session of the Legislature, 1852)
“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable, sad, low in their habits, wild, and seemingly without the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.
“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.”
The longtime university
religion professor Randy
Bott at LDS Church -
owned BYU argued that
Blacks were not ready for
like a young child
prematurely asking for
the keys to her fathers
Bott says that this ban
“was the greatest blessing The Almighty could give them” at the time.
~ BYU religion professor
Randy Bott, Feb 2012
Professor Bott pointed to
Mormon scriptures that
indicate descendants of
the biblical Cain who killed
his brother Abel and was
cursed by God
were turned black and
subsequently barred from
He also noted that past
LDS primates suggested
that blacks were less
valiant in the sphere
known in Mormon theology
as the premortal existence.
“This baby is black.
It is a dark, ugly thing.”
Utah Senator Buttars
(1877 - 1887) JOHN TAYLOR 3rd Prophet and President
“...after the flood we are told that the curse that had been pronounced upon Cain was continued through Ham’s wife, as he had married a wife of that seed. And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was necessary that the devil should have a representation a upon a the earth as well as God;.. “
(1901 - 1918) JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH 10th Prophet and President
“I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Negro. “Darkies” are wonderful people, and they have their place in our church.”
“Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race.
“... and they have been ‘despised among all people.’ This doctrine did not originate with President Brigham Young but was taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith ...”
Gordon Hinckley on Why it took so long to overcome racism in the LDS church— on You Yube
Jos. Smith, the inventor of Mormonism found in his translation of the Book of Abraham the rationale for withholding Mormon priesthood from Black males. In Mormon doctrine Blacks are considered to suffer from the Curse of Cain. In 1978 Black people were absolved of this curse. However the notion that Blacks as decedents of the biblical Cain, murderer of Abel, cannot be extinguished because biblical history cannot be changed.
The Book of Mormon (BOM) was not TRANSLATED CORRECTLY at first. Thousands of corrections were substituted and added later, inspired by revelation. For example, initially the BOM’s “... a white and delightsome [race of people]” had been translated incorrectly by the prophet Joseph Smith; it should have read “... light and delightsome”. Such replacements are always made without calling attention to the changes. An rare exception was, when in 1976, the LDS prophet widely publicized that it’s now OK to be a descendent of the Biblical Cain — the Black race.
Joseph Smith, translating
— correctly —
the Book of Mormon
First photograph of J. Smith Permission required. (FLDS church)
Joseph Smith, translating correctly, in this
South Park episode, “All About the Mormons”
Tarring and feathering of Joseph Smith
BRUCE R. McCONKIE of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles
The negroes are not equal with other races when the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned...”
...As a result of his rebellion, Cain was cursed with a dark skin; he became the father of the negroes”
“Cain Ham, and the whole negro race have _ cursed with a black skin, the mark of Cain, so they can be identified as a caste apart, a people with whom the other descendants of Adam should not intermarry.”
MARK E. PETERSON of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles
“At least in the cases of the Lamanites and the negroes we have the definite word of the Lord Himself that He placed a dark skin upon them as a curse - as a punishment and as a sign to all others.
” If there is one drop of negro blood in my children, as I have read to you, they receive the curse, There isn’t any argument, therefore, as to intermarriage with the Negro, is there? “Now we are generous with the Negro. We are willing that the Negro have the highest kind of education. I would be willing to let every Negro drive a Cadillac if they could afford it.
ORSON PRATT of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles
“The Lord has not kept them in store for five or six thousand years past, and kept them waiting for their bodies all this time to send them among the Hottentots, the African Negroes, the idolatrous Hindoos, or any other of the fallen nations of the earth
SPENCER W. KIMBALL:
“Lamanites” is the Book of Mormon term for Native Americans. The quote below is from a Mormon General Conference talk given by Spencer W. Kimball in 1960. Spencer W. Kimball became the president of the Mormon Church in 1975.
“The day of the Lamanites in nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. [...] The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.
At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old daughter were present, the little member girl- sixteen- sitting between the darker father and mother, and it was evident she was several shades lighter than her parents- on the same reservation, in the same hogan, subject to the same sun and wind and weather. There was the doctor in a Utah city who for two years had had an Indian boy in his home who stated that he was some shades lighter than the younger brother just coming into the program from the reservation. These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness. One white elder jokingly said that he and his companion were donating blood regularly to the hospital in the hope that the process might be accelerated.”
The above quotes by Mormon Primates are brief. Read on if you would like to see the comments in their fuller context, along with their sources.
A site where you can see — from the Mormon’s own scriptures — that what is written here is not just all made up — it’s the Mormon church’s bookstore.
Look up your beliefs: http://www.deseretbook.com/scriptures/pgp_home.html .
Mormon Scripture is quietly and systematically being cleaned up. For example, the ‘Mormon Doctrine’ by Mormonism’s chief apologist, Bruce McConkie, is being revised regularly. Much of the condemnation of Blacks has been censored away. You may have to track down some older copies in libraries to verify the veracity of this web page.
Much of this text is also given at various ‘Truer’ Christian web sites, each with its own axe to grind. These sites dredge up the ugly side of Mormonism to bolster their own view of THE TRUTH. One such site is Saints Alive In Jesus
Click to continue
These LDS Seers and Revelators silently acquiesced in in the Mormon condemnation of black and Indian people. It is noteworthy than none disagreed.
In all fairness —
In June in 1978, President Spencer W. Kimball spoke with The Heavenly Father, who lives on the planet Kolob. Afterwards, an announcement was made — without any doctrinal statement — which only said the Lord had indicated that the time for change had come. Blacks could now become full participants in the church, if they are worthy.”
But No doctrinal statement was given.
Mormonism can never correct its denigrating view of Blacks and Indians. To do so would mean that the scriptures aren’t true. It would mean that the war in the ‘pre-existence’, on Kolob might, after all, not have caused the devil to mix his blood with that of Cain. Then, Cain could not have fathered all black skinned children...
A doctrinal statement to gloss over this racist Mormon business is therefore not possible. Mormonism could not survive it.
To correct the bigotry now would mean that Joseph Smith could not have translated the golden plates. Perhaps Smith could not even translate anything at all! Perhaps he couldn’t read Egyptian, to boot. Could it be that Smith was a fraud and Mormonism is his colossal hoax? If so it would mean an unthinkable loss of tithing revenue for church coffers.
A Mormon recantation of its racist foundation cannot happen because racism is directly hard-wired into the source code of the entire program.
However, with the change of the Negroes receiving the Priesthood in 1978, Mormon leaders are attempting to cover up this embarrassing teaching concerning skin color.
“... many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a WHITE and a delightsome people.” (1830 Edition, p. 117)
“... PURE and delightsome people.” (1840 edition)
“...WHITE and delightsome people.” (All later translations until 1981)
“... PURE and delightsome people.” (1981 translations , II Nephi 30:6)
Although the Mormon Church will not make available the handwritten manuscript of the Book of Mormon, the R.L.D.S. Church has the handwritten printers copy, which was given to the printer to set the type for the first printing. It too, agrees with the 1830 Edition. It reads “white”. (off-site link)
It sure is!!
I post samples of it ALL THE TIME!!
Here is some MORE!!
I have been a member for 57 years and have never heard the Saviors name used in vain by an active church member.
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Every single Mormon doctrine takes the name of Christ in vain. They spit on Christ through their teachings by making Him less than He is.
Do YOU ACCEPT or REPUDIATE the above statements from MORMON leaders??
By comparison, blacks could be members of the LDS Church, they could drink and eat wherever they chose. They were never slaves or brutalized.
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Fail. There was slavery in Deseret and slaves were given as tithing. Also a black woman was sealed to Smith to be a slave in the CK.
Also, you seem to completely miss the point. The fact that Mormonism had the doctrine in the FIRST place proves it is not the ‘true church’. God isn’t a racist, if Mormonism were ever ‘true’, then it wouldn’t have had the doctrine ever.
I've only been at this for about 5 years.
How is it that I seem to know so much more about MORMONism?
The 'curse' was on CANAAN!!!
the figure of 93% has stood up as the number from his '08 campaign
lds vote in lockstep is a fact past all debate
It is rather amusing really...
Got any info of what he thought about their THEOLOGY?
My sense is, Elsie, that President Reagan was never much worried about their religious beliefs. He seemed to have a lot of respect for individuals beliefs. But maybe you can dig up some quotes of him trashing a particular religion or two.
Mormons are hypocrites!
Try to go to Rick Santorum’s website. Romney's Mormons have the filthiest and most profane messages I have ever seen; and I am married to an x-sailor. The crude and vulgar messages that I think liberals would not do.
I heard last week that romney was targeting Rick though the web, I didn't think much of it.
The really sad thing is that homeschoolers learning about politics go to these sites to learn candidates platform. These poor kids are going to see things that will take away there innocence. Rick's facebook is also being hit by the mormons. You would think they would want to talk up their guy on his page. No they have to go to Rick's and call him foul names.
After this primary, we have learned what the mormon’s believe and how far they will go to get power.
you all might enjoy this...
Bigoted on Bigfoot: Why Mormons Believe in a Big, Black, Hairy, Degenerate, Sinful and Miserable Bigfoot Creature Named Cain . . .
—MINDLESS MORMON MONKEY MADNESS
Mormons seems to have a peculiar—and prejudiced—fascination with tales of a large, ominous, ape-like, black-skinned “Bigfoot” (who, they swear, is actually Cain), condemned by the Mormon God to wander the Earth where he ends up scaring the faithful into invoking the Mormon priesthood in order to drive big, bad Bigfoot away.
For instance, one website, calling itself “The Utah County Sasquatch Investigative Society,” highlights a supposed “Mormon Connection” encounter with Bigfoot involving early LDS convert, David Patten:
(”Sasquatch with a Mormon connection? You decide!,” from “The Sasquatch Investigative Society,” at:
http://sasquatch.i8.com/mormonconnection.html; for a larger sense of this society, see also, “Announcing, Our First Annual Event: ‘Night of Sasquatch.’” from “The Sasquatch Investigative Society,” at: http://www.sasquatch.i8.com/Index.html)
Another website called “Utah Bigfoot” describes its purpose as ?continu[ing] the search [for] the legendary creature in Utah.”
(”Utah Bigfoot: The Search Continues for the Legendary Creature in Utah,” at: http://www.aliendave.com/UUFOH_Bigfoot.html
Yet another website, identifying itself as “Mormon Mentality: Thoughts and Asides by a Peculiar People,” headlines claims of Mormon encounters with Bigfoot whom their Mormon observers claim as being Cain.
A self-described researcher on this last site writes about having produced an historical investigative paper on latter-day Mormon run-ins with Cain, alias Bigfoot:
“[My] paper is based on David Patten?s story of encountering Cain, whom he described as very tall and covered in dark hair, in 1835, as described in a letter published in Lycurgus Wilson?s biography of Patten. Spencer Kimball copied the letter in ‘Miracle of Forgiveness.’”
The writer also makes reference to Seth Lester’s book, “Clan of Cain,” describing it as follows:
“I . . . mention [that book] in the paper. Lester begins the novel by fictionalizing Patten?s story in a prologue, then jumps forward to the present day. He bases his Bigfoot mythology on the Patten story, and gives Cain a family of other Bigfoot-type creatures.”
Continuing, he claims, “I found evidence, including a poem referencing the event by Eliza R. Snow and records of Quorum of the Twelve meetings, that this story was widely circulated in the 19th century.
“In [the] Church Archives I found a similar story—a page marked ‘from the papers of E. Wesley Smith,’ mission president in Hawaii in the 1920s and brother of Joseph Fielding Smith, describing Wesley?s meeting with Cain, and explaining that his brother told him of David Patten?s encounter. . . . “
“. . . As to [E. Wesley] Smith, I don?t have the materials on hand, but the gist of it is as follows:
“The manuscript I cite is in [the] Church Archives. It describes Wesley being attacked by a huge, hairy creature, whom Smith drives off in the name of Christ and by the power of the priesthood. He then goes to Joseph Fielding Smith, who tells Wesley that it was Cain, and gives him a copy of Patten?s own story, which would seem to imply that Fielding believed it, if the manuscript is to be believed.”
“I tied all this evidence, together with numerous folk tales about Cain, into 19th-century Mormon conceptions of evil, arguing that a physical, embodied Cain represented the very material conception of the struggle between good and evil that Mormon leaders expounded upon then—Heber Kimball being harassed by demons in England and such.
“More recently, however, particularly after the ban on African men holding the priesthood has been lifted, such conceptions of evil have shifted; Cain is no longer seen as literally the father of the African race, as folk doctrine once held, and evil is now experienced as wrong action rather than in terms of demonic, physical confrontation.
“Thus, Cain?s identification as Bigfoot has provided Mormons with a way to assimilate the claims of folktale with new conceptions of what Cain, the embodiment of evil, should be like.”
In the end, the researcher offers a qualifier of sorts:
“. . . I?ve purposely avoided making my own judgment calls about truth claims here—indeed, I avoid making arguments about it in the paper in favor of merely discussing the ways Mormons have thought about the folklore.
“However, none of the sources I?ve dug through describe Cain as being translated; rather, they discuss his state as a ‘curse’—Cain himself, in the Patten story, describes himself as a ‘very miserable creature, who could not die;’ Joseph Fielding Smith, in the Wesley Smith story, uses similar wording that I don?t want to try to reproduce from memory.
“It is true that virtually all assume Cain has a body; there?s some minor theology going on about his relationship to Satan because of that. The state of that body, though, would lend credence to the curse rather than translation theory—he?s warped and animalistic, universally describes as hideous and almost subhuman. Far from a translated body.”
(”A Mormon Bigfoot,” by Matt B., from “Mormon Mentality: Thoughts and Asides by Peculiar People,” 15 January 2008, at: http://www.mormonmentality.org/2008/01/15/a-mormon-bigfoot.htm)
From where have these weird and wacky Mormon Bigfoot obsessions sprung and been fertilized?
Utah Valley fiction writer Lee Nelson offers a telling clue in his Orem, Utah-published novel entitled “Taming the Sasquatch and Other Bigfoot Tales.”
Nelson spins the yarn of a character named “Alvin Sands” who claims to have ultimately encountered Bigfoot, after having first become fascinated consumed with reported sightings of the creature.
According to one of these sightings, Sands recounts that a logging truck driver spotted a “a brown ape-man run[ning] down the road in front of his logging truck. In another, he repeats the claim of someone out in the woods chopping down lodgepole pine spotted “a 300-pound black-haired ape man not more than 30 feet away, in broad daylight.”
In Nelson’s story, the Bigfoot-consumed Sands talks about setting for himself “a cause, a mission, a goal . . . [of] gather[ing] all the information I could about these strange animals.”
Where does Sands turn in his efforts to acquire that information? To resources provided by the Mormon Church.
Says Sands: “Through the periodical index in the Brigham Young University library, I dug out and studied every article ever published on Bigfoot, Sasquatch or the Abominable Snowmen.”
While author Nelson admits that his book’s main tale is fictional (albeit leaving that confession to its final pages), he acknowledges that “I wonder about some of the other accounts . . . The people I personally interviewed were convinced they had really seen what they described to me. . . . As long as nobody finds a Sasquatch that can undergo scientific scrutiny, the speculation will continue, as more and more sightings are recorded. Bigfoot sightings began in the early 1800’s when a trapper and trader by the name of David Thompson reported in his log the discovery of hug man-like tracks over 15 inches long. During the last 15 years nearly 1,000 sightings and tracks have been reported.”
(Lee Nelson, “Taming the Sasquatch and Other Bigfoot Tales” [Orem, Utah: Liberty Press, 1984], pp. 2-3, 83-84)
So, do true-believing, Cain-fearing Mormons actually subscribe to the notion that Bigfoot is literally the evil, murderous brother of Abel?
Odds are that some of them definitely do—and they can blame their kooky Mormon leaders for that mind-numbing and -dumbing notion.
—ACCORDING TO TRADITIONAL MORMON BELIEF, BIGFOOT IS, IN FACT, CAIN
As mentioned earlier, a claimed sighting of Cain/Bigfoot was made by early Mormon missionary David Patten:
” . . . David W. Patten, during his mission in the South . . . reported that, as he rode his horse, a large Black man covered with hair appeared beside him and told him that he was Cain and was going to destroy his mission.”
(”Latter-day Saints/Cain,” by John A. Tvedtnes, 10 June 2006, at: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Latter-day-Saints-958/cain.htm)
In support of the historic likelihood that the notion has circulated in Mormon circles claiming LDS missionaries have actually spotted Cain/Bigfoot, Spencer W. Kimball, in his book, “The Miracle of Forgiveness,” describes Patten’s encounter with Cain in decidedly Bigfoot-like terms:
“On the sad character Cain, an interesting story comes to us from Lycurgus A. Wilson’s book on the life of David W. Patten.
“From the book I quote an extract from a letter by Abraham O. Smoot giving his recollection of David Patten’s account of meeting ‘a very remarkable person who had represented himself as being Cain’:
“’As I was riding along the road on my mule I suddenly noticed a very strange personage walking beside me. . . . His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing, but was covered with hair. His skin was very dark.
“I asked him where he dwelt and he replied that he had no home, that he was a wanderer in the Earth and traveled to and fro. He said he was a very miserable creature, that he had earnestly sought death during his sojourn upon the earth, but that he could not die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of men.
“About the time he expressed himself thus, I rebuked him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, and commanded him to go hence, and he immediately departed out of my sight. . . .’”
(Lycurgus A. Wilson, “Life of David W. Patten” [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1900], p. 50. as quoted by Spencer W. Kimball, “The Miracle of Forgiveness” [Salt Lake City, Bookcraft, Inc.]18th printing 1991 pp. 127-28).
Others—including non-Mormons—have referenced Kimball’s account as evidence that Cain is (at least the mind of the Mormon true believer) the legendary Bigfoot, as “told time and time again within the Mormon religion.”
For instance, Bigfoot buff Michael Nave in his article, “Bigfoot: The Mormon Connection,” writes:
“. . . I would like to touch on a different aspect of Bigfoot and an encounter that has been told time and time again within the Mormon religion. My work takes me all over the United States for many different training seminars and conferences. Recently, I met up with several people of the Mormon faith.
“One of these people, knowing of my interest in Bigfoot, suggested that I look into the ‘Mormon connection,’ The following story comes from my research on this topic.
“David Patten was a Mormon Priest who traveled and preached the Mormon gospel from 1832-1838. In author Spencer W. Kimball’s book entitled ‘The Miracle of Forgiveness,’ there is a passage where David Patten is quoted regarding his meeting with ‘a very remarkable person who had represented himself as Cain.’”
(”Bigfoot: The Mormon Connection,” by Michael Nave, under “The Legend Lives,” at: http://www.oregonbigfoot.com/newsletter/08_05.php)
—ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL MORMON DOCTRINE, CAIN WAS “CURSED” BY GOD WITH BIGFOOT-LIKE BLACK SKIN AND APPEARANCE
While some nervous, publicity-sensitive Mormon apologists may attempt to deny Mormon-manufactured lineage links between Cain and Bigfoot, the fact remains that high LDS leaders like Kimball have made clear and undeniable connections between a cursed black Cain/Bigfoot and people of African lineage.
Indeed, it is a matter of basic LDS doctrine that Black people descended from Cain.
To be sure, the Mormon Church has, from its earliest days and through the mouth of its presidents and apostles, officially declared that the black-skinned “curse of Cain” was made manifest by the Mormon God in the skin pigmentation of those of African lineage.
Joseph Smith preached that Blacks were the offspring of Cain, as recorded in his own journal:
“In the evening debated with John C. Bennett and others to show that the Indians have greater cause to complain of the treatment of the whites, than the Negroes, or sons of Cain.”
(Joseph Smith, “History of the Church,” vol. 4, p. 501)
Mormon Church president Brigham Young slurred people born with a black skin, labeling them the depraved, decadent descendants of the murderous Cain and consigning them to perpetual slavery, as willed and until ended by the Mormon God:
“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.
“The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin.
“Trace mankind down to after the Flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race—that they should be the ‘servant of servants’ and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree.
“How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof. Until the last ones of the residue of Adam?s children are brought up to that favorable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood.
“They were the first that were cursed, and they will be the last from whom the curse will be removed. When the residue of the family of Adam come up and receive their blessings, then the curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will receive the blessings in like proportion . . . .”
To place the official stamp of doctrinal approval on his “blame-Cain-for-the-Negroes” utterances, LDS president Young then closed his above racist diatribe by declaring to the Mormon faithful assembled to hear his words:
“I bless you all, inasmuch as you have desired and striven to do right, to revere the name of Deity, and to exalt the character of his Son on the earth. I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen.”
(Brigham Young, ?Intelligence, Etc.,? sermon in Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah, 9 October 1859, reported by G. D. Watt in “Journal of Discourses,” vol. 7 [Liverpool, England: Amass Lyman, editor and publisher, 1860], pp. 290-91)
Future president of the Mormon Church Wilford Woodruff also announced that, according to official LDS doctrine, Blacks carried the heaven-imposed, color-coded “curse” of Cain:
“What was that mark? It was the mark of blackness. That mark rested upon Cain, and descended upon his posterity from that time until the present.
“Today there are millions of the descendants of Cain, through the lineage of Ham, in the world, and that mark of darkness still rests upon them.”
(Wilford Woodruff, “Millennial Star,” vol. 51, p. 329)
Further, according to the official LDS publication, the “Juvenile Instructor,? the Mormon God punished those who had turned against the divine will by creating them for Earth life as the black-tainted and divinely-segregated seed of Cain, just as Mormons taught that he had similarly cursed sinful Native Americans with a brown skin:
“The mark set upon Cain was without doubt such a mark as was placed upon the descendants of the rebellious sons of Lehi . . . We are expressly informed by that ‘the Lord did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.’
“They were to be made loathsome to the people of God, unless they repented of their iniquities. Not only did this curse fall upon them, but all they who intermarried with them, or mingled with them, were cursed with the same blackness and loathsomeness . . .
“From this it is very clear that the mark which was set upon the descendants of Cain was a skin of blackness, and there can be no doubt that this was the mark that Cain himself received; in fact, it has been noticed in our day that men who have lost the spirit of the Lord, and from whom his blessings have been withdrawn have turned dark to such an extent as to excite the comments of all who have known them.”
(”Juvenile Instructor,” vol. 26, p. 635)
People of black skin, the Mormon Church’s “Juvenile Instructor” also declared, are supposedly identifiable as being ?pure Negro?:
“Their skin is quite black, their hairy woolly and black, their intelligence stunted, and they appear never to have arisen from the most savage state of barbarism.”
Continuing Mormonism’s historic, bigoted blatherings, LDS apostle and eventual LDS Church president Joseph Fielding Smith condescendingly taught that people of African descent are the sub-par relatives of Cain:
“Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race. . . .
“. . . [W]e will hope that blessings may eventually be given to our Negro brethren, for they are our brethren?children of God—notwithstanding their black covering emblematical of eternal darkness.” (
(Joseph Fielding Smith, “The Way to Perfection,” pp. 101-102)
Likewise, Joseph Fielding Smith?s son-in-law, apostle Bruce R. McConkie, taught that people of African descent were cemented into the direct genealogical lineage of Cain—with Cain being the original human son of perdition:
“Though he was a rebel and an associate of Lucifer in pre-existence, and though he was a liar from the beginning, whose name was ?Perdition,? Cain managed to attain the privilege of mortal birth.
“Under Adam?s tutelage, he began in this life to serve God. He understood the Gospel and the plan of salvation, was baptized, received the priesthood, had a perfect knowledge of the position and perfection of God, and talked personally with Deity.
“Then he came out in open rebellion, fought God, worshiped Lucifer, and slew Abel. . . .
“As a result of his rebellion, Cain was cursed with a dark skin; he became the father of the Negroes, and those spirits who are not worthy to receive the priesthood are born through his lineage.
“He became the first mortal to be cursed as a son of perdition. As a result of his mortal birth he is assured of a tangible body of flesh and bones in eternity, a fact which will enable him to rule over Satan.”
(Bruce R. McConkie,? “Mormon Doctrine,” [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc., 1958], p. 102]
—ACCORDING TO MORMON DOCTRINE, DESCENDANTS OF CAIN RECEIVED THEIR “CURSED” BLACK SKIN BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTENT SIN
High-ranking Mormon leader and member of the Council of the Seventy B.H. Roberts explained how it was that, through Cain, Blacks were cursed in Mormonism’s world with a dark skin:
“Now, why is it that the seed of Ham was cursed to the pertaining of the Priesthood? Why is it that his seed could not have the right to the Priesthood? Ham?s wife was named ?Egyptus, which is forbidden: . . . and thus from Ham sprang the race which preserved the curse in the land.? Was she a descendant of Cain, who was cursed for murdering his brother?
“And was it by Ham marrying her, and she being saved from the flood in the ark, that the race which preserved the curse in the land was perpetuated?
“If so, then I believe that race is the one through which it is ordained those spirits that were not valiant in the great rebellion in heaven should come; who rendered themselves unworthy of the Priesthood and its powers, and hence it is withheld from them to this day.” (B.H. Roberts, in Joseph Fielding Smith, “The Way to Perfection.”
(Salt Lake City, Utah: The Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1958), pp. 104-105)
LDS bigotry booster John J. Stewart, in his book, “Mormonism and the Negro,” defended this supposed color curse as a ?divinely directed policy,” intended by God as punishment for Blacks’ misbehavior in the pre-existence—punishment that is manifested through the demonized, dark-skinned lineage of Cain and that ?has been affirmed by the Church leaders of our day?:
“Cain, a son of Adam and Eve, apparently had quite a different record in the Spirit world. He was likely one of the valiant ones there, and thus was born into this world under the most favorable circumstances, of noble sire and mother, and was even privileged to walk and talk with God.
“Yet, Cain fell to the temptations of Satan, rejected God, murdered his brother Abel and thus brought upon himself a curse . . .
“Among the Negroid people, as indeed among all the races of the Earth, there is infinite variety and degree of circumstances of birth, of goodness, of opportunity or lack of it. There are Negroes born into families of wealth and refinement, others who are blessed with great talents and there are those born into the lowest classes of society in Africa, in squalor and ignorance, living out their lives in a fashion akin to that of the animals.
“Does not this infinite variety of circumstance give further evidence of man?s being assigned that station in life which he has merited by his performance in the pre-mortal existence?
“Note, also, that part of Cain?s curse was to have as his posterity those spirits unable to bear the Priesthood in this life. In view of the importance that humans rightly attach to their children, their posterity, what greater curse could come upon Cain, as pertaining to this life? And what could be more appropriate than for these spirits to have such a man as Cain as their progenitor? . . .
“In the . . . scripture from Abraham . . . we have a reliable account of the early genealogy of the Negro race, and in Abraham?s comments we have further evidence of the divine direction in the LDS Church policy of not allowing the Negro, the seed of Cain and Ham, to bear the Priesthood.”
Stewart then adds this hollow-sounding caveat, before moving on to condemn salvation-stopping marital race-mixing:
“There is nothing in Church policy that forbids nor discourages us from extending brotherly Christian love to the Negro.
“This, however, does not and should not include intermarriage, for we would bring upon our children the curse of Cain, or rather, we would bring unto ourselves children from those spirits destined to be of the seed of Cain.”
(John J. Stewart, “Mormonism and the Negro: An Explanation and Defense of the Doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in Regard to Negroes and Others of Negroid Blood” [Orem, Utah: Bookmark Division of Community Press Publishing Company, 1960], pp. 39, 44-46, 53-54]
Similarly devoted to defending Mormonism’s White supremacist race-based curse of Cain, Mormon author John L. Lund, in his book, “The Church and the Negro: A Discussion of Mormons, Negroes and the Priesthood,” argues that LDS prophets have definitively settled the question by confirming that descendants of Cain were marked by the Mormon God with a dark skin:
“On the subject of the mark of Cain, our prophets have given all the important information that is necessary for our salvation.
“Frankly, President Brigham Young has told us that the mark of Cain was a ‘black skin.’ . . . For the Latter-day Saint no further explanation is required.
“However, it is not necessary to rely on this single statement to arrive at this same conclusion. There are numerous references made by both ancient and modern prophets that point to the fact that Cain was the father of the race that became known as Negroid.”
(John L. Lund, “The Church and the Negro” [John L. Lund, 1967], p. 13)
—OFFICIAL LDS FIRST PRESIDENCY STATEMENTS HAVE LINKED THE MORMON “CURSE” OF A BLACK SKIN DIRECTLY TO CAIN
The LDS Church’s First Presidency has officially defended the denial of the LDS priesthood to Blacks on the basis of their Cain “curse,” declaring it to have been a divinely-commanded consequence arising from the supposed sinful pre-mortal behavior of those who were eventually destined by the Mormon God to be branded with blackness:
“The few known facts about our pre-Earth life and our entrance into mortality must be taken into account in any attempt at an explanation . . . [including] . . . the Negro . . . [being] punished or allotted to a certain position on this Earth . . . through the loins of Cain because of his [the Negro’s] failure to achieve other stature in the spirit world.
(LDS Church First Presidency Statement, 17 August 1951, quoted in William E. Berrett, “The Church and the Negroid People,” Supplement to “Mormonism and the Negro,” pp. 16-18)
Confirming its official race-based, pre-Earth life, curse-of-Cain doctrine, the LDS First Presidency (this time in a 1947 letter to Dr. Lowry Nelson, former head of Brigham Young University’s Department of Sociology) stated emphatically:
“Indeed, some of God’s children were assigned to superior positions before the world was formed. We are aware that some higher critics do not accept his but the Church does.
“Your position seems to lose sight of the revelation of the Lord touching the pre-existence of our spirits, the rebellion in heaven and the doctrine that our birth into this life and the advantages under which we may be born, have a relationship in the life heretofore.”
The First Presidency concluded this official sanction of Mormon Church-approved racial bigotry by declaring:
“We are not unmindful of the fact that there is a growing tendency, particularly among some educators, as it manifests itself in [the] area, toward the breaking down of race barriers in the matter of intermarriage between whites and blacks but it does not have the sanction of the Church and is contrary to Church doctrine.”
(LDS First Presidency statement, quoted in Stewart, “Mormonism and the Negro,? pp. 46-47)
—SO, THIS IS HOW THE TRAJECTORY OF SKIN-COLOR “CURSING” TAKES ITS COURSE IN THE MORMON REALITY MENTALITY:
—First, Cain murders Abel.
—Therefore, the Mormon God punishes Cain by cursing Cain with a black skin.
—The Mormon God (whose apparent curse of choice is altering people’s skin color) also blights the pigment of those of African descent, punishing them with a black skin as well, and then proceeds to channel them into a deliberately- and divinely-decreed inferior non-White Earth life through the lineage of the “cursed” Cain—all because they supposedly weren’t deservingly valiant in their pre-mortal lives to earn themselves a white skin.
—Finally, according to historic LDS teaching, Mormons have actually spotted Cain wandering around the Earth in modern times as a black-skinned, hairy, loathsome, miserable and cursed creature—the supposedly damned, decadent father of the Mormon God-punished and -black swathed African race.
Where’s the nearest exit out of this hateful, primitive, silly, superstitious Mormon Cult?
Edited 12 time(s). Last edit at 01/16/2011 05:10AM by steve benson.
Posted by: SL Cabbie ( )
Date: January 16, 2011 06:14AMShoot, The World’s Leading Bigfoot Authority is also an LDS Apologist...
And here he is in one of the FAIR videos...
But don’t the secondary and tertiary effects negate the body as a whole??? I’m so confused.
I think I knew more about Mormonism than lawsone when I was only 19..
of course that was 1968...
a few years before the “milk” thing started..
I learnt more in one afternoon than he has in all of those 57 years of going through the temple etc...
HEY !!! lawsone...
you do have a TR dont you ???
The last few convert Mormons with this mission field either didnt have one yet or barely...
When is the Morg going to send us a fully “meated” member to chew ???
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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: February 14, 2012 10:21PMA Bl
essing from the Bigots: Black Mormon-”Owned” Slaves in Heaven—Only the Best for the “Cursed”
One such Mormon-”owned” slave was Jane Elizabeth Manning James—otherwise known among her Mormon friends and White overseers as “Aunt Jane.”
Aunt Jane was a faithful Black Mormon convert who worked in the household of Joseph and Emma Smith. After years of faithful belief and devotion to clean-up duty, she had the audacity to repeatedly petition the leaders of the Mormon Church to be sealed via temple endowment to her husband, but was denied her request by the Quorum of the Twelve.
Instead, she was made to settle for her White “owner,” Joseph Smith—as his slave for time and all eternity:
“The Territory of Utah gave up the practice of slavery along with the slave-holding states; however, the fact that they countenanced it when it was being practiced shows how insensitive they were to the feelings of black people. Even after the slaves were set free the Mormons continued to talk against blacks. In the year 1884, Angus M. Cannon said that ‘a colored man . . . is not capable of receiving the Priesthood, and can never reach the highest Celestial glory of the Kingdom of God.’ (’The Salt Lake Tribune,’ October 5, 1884)
“The idea that blacks were inferior and should only be servants to the whites persisted in Mormon theology. In fact, Mormon leaders seemed to feel that blacks would still be servants in heaven. On August 26, 1908, President Joseph F. Smith related that a black woman was sealed as a servant to Joseph Smith:
“’The same efforts he said had been made by Aunt Jane to receive her endowments and be sealed to her husband and have her children sealed to their parents and her appeal was made to all the Presidents from President Young down to the present First Presidency. But President Cannon conceived the idea that, under the circumstances, it would be proper to permit her to go to the temple to be adopted to the Prophet Joseph Smith as his servant and this was done. This seemed to ease her mind for a little while but did not satisfy her, and she still pleaded for her endowments.’ (’Excerpts From The Weekly Council Meetings Of The Quorum Of The Twelve Apostles,’ as printed in ‘Mormonism-Shadow or Reality?,’ p. 584).
“The idea that a black is only worthy of the position of a servant has deep roots in Mormon theology. Mark E. Petersen, . . . [former] Apostle in the church, once said that if a ‘Negro is faithful all his days, he can and will enter the celestial kingdom. He will go there as a servant, but he will get celestial glory.’ (’Race Problems-As They Affect The Church,’ a speech delivered at Brigham Young University, August 27, 1954).”
(Jerald and Sandra Tanner, “Changing the Anti-Black Doctrine,” Chapter 10, Part 1, in “The Changing World of Mormonism,” Utah Lighthouse Ministry, at: http://www.utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech10a.htm)
Jane Elizabeth Manning James (1813-1908)—even in faith, a victim of Mormon bigotry, RIP:
“Jane Elizabeth Manning was born in Wilton, Connecticut, one of five children of Isaac and Phyllis Manning, a free black family. Although Jane was a member of the local Presbyterian Church, she remained spiritually unfulfilled until 1842 when she heard the message of a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . . . .
“Soon afterwards she joined the Mormon Church. One year following her conversion, Jane Elizabeth and several family members who had also converted decided to move to Nauvoo, Illinois, the headquarters of the Mormon Church. After traveling by boat to Buffalo, New York, the African American Mormons, unable to pay additional fares, began an eight-hundred-mile journey by foot to Nauvoo. In Nauvoo, Jane lived and worked in the home of Joseph Smith, Jr. the founder of the LDS Church and his wife, Emma.
“Following the 1844 murder of Joseph Smith, Jr. and his brother Hyrum in Carthage, Illinois, Mormon leaders under Brigham Young decided to abandon Nauvoo and look for a safe haven in the West away from forces hostile to the LDS Church.
“In the fall of 1847, Jane, her husband Isaac James whom she married in 1841, and two sons traveled across the plains to the new home of the LDS Church in the Salt Lake Valley. They were the first free black pioneers in the Mormon settlement and Jane would spend the remaining fifty-one years of her life in Utah. They shared the hardships of their fellow Mormons and engaged in the spirit of mutual aid and cooperation that characterized LDS pioneer life.
“By the 1880s Jane became increasingly concerned about her place in the afterlife. Well aware of the LDS Church’s proscriptions that prohibited blacks from full participation in the rituals that were prerequisite to being eligible for a place in the celestial kingdom, she nonetheless argued for an exemption because of her faith.
“’Is there no blessing for me?’ she asked Church leaders for more than a decade. Those leaders refused her requests. They attempted to pacify her by authorizing her limited participation in LDS rituals.
“Through it all, Jane Manning James remained a devout Mormon and is generally recognized in LDS history for her unwavering faith. Jane Manning James died in Salt Lake City in 1908.
“A special monument to her is located in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, close to her gravesite, to commemorate her life and faith.”
(Ronald G. Coleman, “’Is There No Blessing for Me?’: Jane Elizabeth Manning James, A Mormon African American Woman,” in Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Moore Wilson, eds., “African American Women Confront the West,” 1600-2000 [Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press 2003], at: http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aaw/james-jane-elizabeth-manning-1813-1908)
Ahhhhh, how sweetly described—and deceptively presented.
That “limited participation in LDS rituals,” as it is euphemistically described above, is more fully laid out on pp. 152-157 of Coleman’s biography of “Aunt Jane.” There it is painfully detailed how, despite her faithfulness—and only because of her so-called “cursed” race—she was relentlessly denied her personal plea for access to the Mormon temple for her own family sealing endowment.
The First Presidency also rejected her request to be adopted, via temple sealing, into the family of Joseph and Emma Smith, in whose home she faithfully worked as a servant.
The First Presidency eventually, out of the kindness of their white-and-delightsome hearts, did permit her to be eternally sealed to Joseph Smith as his servant.
(Tracking note: Google search “Ronald G. Coleman Manning.” Up will come “African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 -Google Books Result.” Click on that and Coleman’s article will appear).
More on the patronizing treatment she received from the Mormon Church:
” . . . [H]ave you wondered why Jane walked to Nauvoo? It was because white Mormons would not allow her to ride with them or assist her in paying for passage. And once she arrived in Nauvoo the Beautiful, that ‘Zion on the Mississippi,’ she was either rebuffed or ignored by her fellow Saints, until finally someone pointed out Joseph Smith’s home to her.
“Once she finally did meet Smith, he made Jane his house servant, and when Smith was murdered in 1844, Brigham Young then took in Jane James as his servant as well. Despite her faithful service to the church and its wealthy presidents, she lived most of her life in abject poverty.
“She arrived in the new Zion of Utah among the first of the Saints in September 1847, the first free black woman in the territory, only to find that slavery was already being practiced there. Mormon Apostle Charles C. Rich owned slaves in Utah, which must have been a great trial of her faith. The only Western State or Territory to practice slavery was Utah.
“She wished to be ‘sealed’ to her loved ones for all eternity just like the white-skinned members of the congregation were allowed to be. For all of her sacrifice, the highest eternal blessing the Mormon church could offer Joseph Smith’s former house servant was to ‘seal’ her to Joseph Smith as his servant forever.
“The words recited at this ceremony were that she was ‘to be attached as a Servitor for eternity to the prophet Joseph Smith and in this capacity be connected with his family and be obedient to him in all things in the Lord as a faithful Servitor.’
“In essence, an eternal slave, bound to service a white master for eternity.”
(For more on this final above account, along with a photograph of Jane Manning, see: “Nauvoo Pageant 2007: Just Who is Jane Manning?,” in “Mormon Home Evening: Official Blog of Mormon Missions Midwest Outreach,” 17 July 2007, at: http://mormonhomeevening.blogspot.com/2007/07/nauvoo-pageant-2007just-who-is-jane.html)
Wow I had a big day at work and missed all the fun here!