For most of its existence, the Mormon Church was a racist organisation. In the Mormon tradition, they believed that Cain was a black man, and that he loved Satan more than God, which is why he slew his brother Abel. God then punished Cain by making his skin black. Essentially, black people (the seed of Cain) have dark skin because they bear the mark of Cain, thus having dark skin is a punishment and a curse according to their beliefs. The Mormon Church had an official racist policy regarding black members up until 1978. Blacks weren’t allowed to be clergy because as their beliefs dictate, blacks were cursed by God. This isn’t something from the days or slavery of from the reconstruction era, this is modern day stuff.
To add insult to injury, in 1954, Mormon leader, apostle and President of the Mormon mission, Mark E. Peterson, decreed that faithful blacks would be granted acceptance into the afterlife only as eternal servants. His exact words were “If that 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 a celestial resurrection.” This is what they believed until 1978, and their stance only changed due to outside pressure and the fact that it wasn’t politically expedient.
The official stance of the church has been amended (in some cases edited - i.e. racist passages in the book of Mormon being reworded), but the Mormon Church was in Africa proselytising their faith prior to 1978, when they had an official racist policy. The Mormon leaders and elders today were around when all this was going on. They were adults, so they can’t feign ignorance. The leadership is largely the same. Some of the people at the helm in those racist days are still there, and if they passed away, then their children are at the helm. How any black person could be a part of this organisation is baffling. I can only surmise that they are either completely in the dark about the still relatively recent history of the church, or they’ve been thoroughly brainwashed.”