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African-Americans

James J. Strang presided over general conference resolutions to allow African Americans to hold the high priesthood by 1849.   That was consistent with Joseph Smith’s known ordination of a black man named Elijah Abel to the high priesthood office of “seventy” in 1836.  The Book of Mormon says that “black and white” are all invited and “all are alike to God.”  There were two significant Black elders in the church under James Strang while he was alive, namely Samuel Chambers and Samuel Walker.

The picture below from a secular newspaper in New York shows reporting about James Strang while he was a lawmaker in Michigan.

We have in the recent century also had two famous Indian chiefs as members of our church, Jacob Greensky and Andrew J. Blackbird.

Other Mormons changed the church to ban blacks from the priesthood for 132 years (until 1978), and killed Indians in Utah.  Brigham Young said in his own Journal of Discourses, 7:291,

“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind. The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race–that they should be the ‘servant of servants;’ and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree. How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof. Until the last ones of the residue of Adam’s children are brought up to that favorable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood.”–Brigham Young.

We do not agree with that statement from Brigham Young.  Compared to Brigham Young, you will find James J. Strang a very moderate choice, and someone you would be thankful to call a Prophet.

 

Continuing Faith

For baptism for the remission
of sins, it is necessary only to have
faith toward God, and to repent of all sin.

To receive baptism by immersion, contact:

 

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One example of our
concise priesthood lineage

Prophet Joseph Smith, 1829

Ebenezer Page, 1830
(Early Mormon in N.Y., Missouri, brother of John E. Page,
Later an Apostle at Voree, Wis., and Beaver Island)


Elder Wingfield Watson, 1858
(Lived on Beaver Island)

Elder Joseph H. Hickey, 1907
(Son of L.D. Hickey who lived at Palmyra, N.Y., Nauvoo, Ill.,
Voree, Wis., and was an apostle on Beaver Island)


Elder Steve Barany, 1953
(Son-in-law of Joseph H. Hickey, died in 2010 at 95)

Others

 

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