Still in utter shock I said,
"I don't believe it I see a Black Mormon racing on a bike, on a Mormon mission!"
(I had to try and get a pic that's him below)
OK, I don't know about you guys but, I've never seen a black Mormon and I'm from Jersey:) Instantly I ran home compelled to do some research on the history of Blacks in the Mormon church, who knew, right???
Apparently the reason we don't see a lot of them is because there was a"priesthood-ban" placed on Black Mormons from 1843 to 1978 this following passage was part of their doctrine:
"But let them apostatize, and they will become gray-haired, wrinkled, and black, just like the Devil" (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol 5, p332
Mormon Church leaders taught, that Negroes were the "cursed" children of Cain!
On June 8th, 1978 the ban was lifted and Black Mormons thankfully have all the rights and opportunities in the Church as all others? (I guess there must be other nationalities in the Mormon church, wow!)
Since the ban was lifted Black Mormon membership has skyrocketed to over 400,000 members!!!
So now when these familiar guys on the left come knocking at your door, they may start looking like this fellow on the right:)
Just so you know, cause I didn't know, their are gay Mormons as well, since I don't really do politics's or religion, I'm going to leave this whole topic alone for now:)
Disclaimer: Sincerely, I mean know disrespect to any of you bloggers that may be practicing Mormons, I just thought I'd share:)