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“That the Negro race, for instance, have been placed under restrictions because of their attitude in the world of spirits, few will doubt. It cannot be looked upon as just that they should be deprived of the power of the Priesthood without it being a punishment for some act, or acts, performed before they were born.”

Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection (Salt Lake City, UT: Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1935), 43; Ninth edition/1951. Emphasis added.

“Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else.” Emphasis added.