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“[N]ephites and Lamanites. The former [light skinned] cultivated the arts of industry and refinement, and preserved a record embodying both history and scripture, while the latter [dark skinned] became degenerate and debased. The Nephites suffered extinction about 400 A.D., but the Lamanites lived on in their degraded course, and are today extant upon the land as the American Indians.” 

James Talmage, Jesus the Christ (Salt Lake City, UT: The Deseret Book Company, 1915), 49 (1976 edition).

Note – 20 July 2022 – The book is still on the church’s website, and this racially charged statement has not been revised.