- Moses 7:8 For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people.
- Moses 7:12 And it came to pass that Enoch continued to call upon all the people, save it were the people of Canaan, to repent;
- Moses 7:22 And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.
- Abraham 1:21-24 Now this king of Egypt was a descendant from the loins of Ham, and was a partaker of the blood of the Canaanites by birth. From this descent sprang all the Egyptians, and thus the blood of the Canaanites was preserved in the land. The land of Egypt being first discovered by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham, and the daughter of Egyptus, which in the Chaldean signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden; When this woman discovered the land it was under water, who afterward settled her sons in it; and thus, from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land.
- Abraham 1:26 Pharaoh, being a righteous man, established his kingdom and judged his people wisely and justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam, and also of Noah, his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth, and with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood.
- Abraham 1:27 Now, Pharaoh being of that lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood, notwithstanding the Pharaohs would fain claim it from Noah, through Ham, therefore my father was led away by their idolatry;
President David O. McKay served as Church President for 20 years (April 9, 1951 – January 18, 1970) and yet he never felt impressed or moved by the Holy Spirit to lift the priesthood ban and remove the curse from Mormon doctrine, policy, and practice. The spirit of racism in the Mormon Church would prevail until 1978 when pressure upon Church President Spencer W. Kimball reached the breaking point. Nonetheless, all of the previous Church Presidents, including McKay had a spirit of racism in their hearts and minds and refused to recognize that perhaps God felt otherwise:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Race and the Priesthood wrote: Nevertheless, given the long history of withholding the priesthood from men of black African descent, Church leaders believed that a revelation from God was needed to alter the policy, and they made ongoing efforts to understand what should be done. After praying for guidance, President McKay did not feel impressed to lift the ban.
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