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That’s not how this works. That’s not how anything works.

Journal of Discourses (October 9, 1859).

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When to the women’s chapter of the KKK in Silverlake, New Jersey——liberals get upset. They accuse me of distortion and even making up the whole thing. Many of them cannot find it within themselves to condemn this sordid moment. , who was highly unimpressed with, went so far as to assert that the KKK “was almost a mainstream group then, if still clandestine.”

Journal of Discourses . (PDF file)

There is something about black women in positions of power and influence that brings out the devil…
This is the "most correct book" on earth? This is the result of a "translation" process in which JS could not continue until he got it right? For some reason the term got changed from WHITE to PURE. We know faithful apologists who have admitted that it was likely finally changed for good in 1981 to be 'politically correct'. Some others argue that it should have always been PURE but was somehow translated incorrectly in 1830. Others say that this change seems to reflect the Prophet's concern that modern readers might misinterpret this passage as a reference to racial changes rather than to changes in righteousness.


But I couldn’t stop shaking my head.

The government has perpetuated disorder and paramilitary activity by maintaining a draconian military presence in many indigenous areas, where property rights and land ownership laws disadvantaging indigenous peoples have sparked rebellion. The Chiapas rebellion was spearheaded in 1994 by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Human Rights Watch reported aggressive human rights violations by the Mexican troops sent to the area; more than 150 people died in battle as the troops moved in. Approximately 80,000 Mexican army personnel continue to patrol the area, in an effort to keep the EZLN contained. United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson called the presence of the military in Indian communities "heavy and oppressive."

However in context of everything the prophets have said as well as official Church publications concerning the Lamanites actually changing their skin color when they converted it seems clear that the context is 'white' skin and not 'pure' hearts. This also disproves the arguments by some LDS apologists that say the ban had to do with lineage and not skin color.

Journal of Discourses 4:- (Aug 31, 1856). (PDF file)

So, someone originally wrote "white" (1830) and then someone changed it to "pure" (1840) and then back to "white" (after 1840) and then finally to "pure" (1981).

Journal of Discourses, . (PDF file)

Sporadic violence has been linked to various pro-government paramilitary groups who perceive the rebels as a threat to powerful landowners. The paramilitary groups have been linked with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the dominant political party prior to President Vicente Fox's election. On 22 December 1997, 45 peasants in Chiapas were massacred. Locals suspect pro-government paramilitaries behind the massacre, and human rights organizations have a strong suspicion of government involvement. After the massacre, thousands of Mexican troops were sent to Chiapas to "prevent further unrest," but the soldiers are said to only have further heightened tensions.

Journal of Discourses, . (PDF file)

Even the current children's book on the Book of Mormon states clearly "Laman and Lemuel's followers called themselves Lamanites. They became a dark-skinned people. God cursed them because of their wickedness." Then shows this photo of the now dark-skinned Lamanites:

The Way to Perfection, pages 101-102.

The expulsion of international monitors from the region further frustrates efforts to ensure protection of human rights. Authorities under former President Zedillo expelled and sanctioned many foreigners who were working in Chiapas as observers. In 1999, 144 observers and humanitarian workers were forced to leave the country for having visited Chiapas, and a further 100 were "invited" to "voluntarily" leave by the National Immigration Service.

Look magazine, October 22, 1963, page 79.

Although the Mormon Church will not make available the handwritten manuscript of the Book of Mormon, the RLDS Church has the handwritten printer's 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".