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Part 3/8 – Mitt Romney & Corporate Mormonism – Theocracy

Theocracy, or as Mormons call it theo-democracy; is a system of government controlled by Apostles according to their God’s law.  It is the way Saints believe the earth must be run to achieve their fate as inheritors of the planet and managers of Jesus’ power.  Addressing the staples of Mitt’s religion was less about faith than it was to demonstrate the goal s of a political prophet.  On our journey to understand his calling, we are now stopping in the state of Utah.

 

The western frontier was mostly their own, as pioneers forged the Mormon Trail to the great valley.  Utah was deemed the new Jerusalem and new platform from which a theocratic government could thrive without the interference of Washington.  Brigham Young was the equally new president of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and he picked the next Heaven on earth, while Mitt’s family were the ones to proclaim it Zion on behalf of their kin to follow.

 

Great-great grandpa Parley, along with Uncle Orson, was first on the scene and considered to be one of the most influential Apostles in the building of an empire.  Among his sermons that founded the doctrine, he also created a language (beyond Reformed Egyptian) that was secretive within the Saints.  The Deseret Alphabet was rebellion against the Latin based English language and relied more on phonetic symbols, known only to the creator and those he taught.  Although books were translated in the new form it became too cost prohibitive to transition the whole community and the tongue of Deseret was then used as the code of personal missives.  Curiously this language was important enough to mark the gold Utah currency from the Latter Day Saints mint.

 

(Wikimedia Commons, from LDS Mint)

 

(Wikimedia Commons, from University of Deseret)

 

In the beginning the iconic Mr. Young petitioned the federal government to create the state of Deseret.  The eager proposition included most of the west (including parts of what is now California, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico and Utah), to be regulated by Saints according to the Book of Mormon.  They used the Constitution to justify theocratic rule and that argument was reasonably successful, except with the Civil War approaching the ambitious land grab was reduced from Deseret to the Territory of Utah (see Compromise of 1850).

 

The Mormon clan formed their own legislature, ensuring only Prophets and Apostles held these bureaucratic positions.  This included Mitt’s predecessors as the first senators and constitution drafting members of the legislative assembly.  The government of Utah was dedicated to men-Gods and the full senate was re-baptized to confirm the purity of their hierarchy as the main condition to being sworn in (see Dec 30, 1856).  They sought to build a wall around their fortress, to keep the goodness in or the evil out and as a result the religion-ruled state was finally realized.

 

The courts were ecclesiastical in nature and Brigham Young exercised tighter control over the lives of inhabitants than any other state as the first governor.  The United Order of Enoch was established, stipulating residents would owe all their profits from commerce and trading directly to the church for the benefit of the Mormon community.  The Welfare Plan was such that non Apostles could work on the farms and be fed for their contribution to the literal commune, as a means of giving the poor some purpose within their ranks.  Despite many troubles gaining adoption, the most successful areas were under command of the Romneys/Pratts and this feat remains a condition to achieving world ownership according to the official Mormon Doctrine and Covenants.

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints describes early Utah in these terms (see Provisional State of Deseret),

 

There was no separation of church and state because the Latter Day Saints considered all affairs of the kingdom of God to be one, whether spiritual, economic or political.”

 

Upon the grand opening of the first Utah tabernacle (architect Miles Romney), Brigham Young delivered an impassioned sermon to command support for their theocratic version of government.  He goes on to warn that any person of riches who hoards them from the church, will be condemned to an eternity of suffering and ousted from the kingdom.  (Journal of Discourses by Brigham Young, Weakness and Impotence of Men, pgs. 201-203, April 1852, with access to scan of original church document.)

 

Current lessons for Mormons include explanation of their gospel as the only way to exaltation, noting all earthly religions before them fell short of becoming God’s rulers and are therefore part of the Apostasy.  Humans were only returned to the divinity through the prophecy of Joseph Smith and the Twelve Apostles,

 

The Lord began to prepare those social, educational, religious, economic and government conditions under which he could more easily restore the gospel for the last time.”

 

This quote is taken from Mormon Doctrine, Second Edition 1966, as presently instructed by LDS leaders.  The book was revised by Mitt’s cousin and former Mormon president Marion Romney, from its original “tone” that was deemed too blunt for the masses.  Although it remains a cornerstone for Bishops to teach, the church ceased printing any more copies should they fall into critical hands.  When Mitt was confronted about this in April 2012, according to the Washington Post the discussion was off limits.  The presidential nominee would only address his faith as opposed to the workings of it.

 

According to the Divine Constitution (that Mormon’s feel was angelic inspiration for the American one),

 

We’re now digesting a plan which in its operation would decide forever the fate of Republican Government…. It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound.  Tis right politically, for a man who has influence to use it.  From henceforth I will maintain all the influence I can get.”

 

More adeptly preached by Grandpa Parley in the church’s Journal of Discourses (see pg 10),

 

The Jews once held the Gospel, with its Apostleship, powers, and blessings offered unto them, but they rejected it as a people and for this reason it was taken from them…. These blessings would have continued on earth and would have been enjoyed in all the ages and nations of man, but for the agency of the people.  They chose their own forms of government, laws, institutions, religions, rulers and priests, instead of yielding to the influence and guidance of the chosen vessels of the Lord, who were appointed to instruct and govern them.”

 

They created their own money to govern themselves and since the land was essentially free, it was divvied up amongst the Saints who then donated the deeds to the church.  Much of this prosperity was used to benefit the Romney family as executives of LDS and so appeared Prattville, the Pratt Ward(entire region) and numerous historical sites maintained in the Romney honour.

 

Grandpa Parley became a top judge who wrote many of Utah’s early laws, Uncle Orson was the stake president and polygamously-related Uncle Mathoni was named the presiding bishop.  Because the family was so heavily impacted by considerable plural marriages it is difficult to outline every one of Mitt’s makers, but they all enjoyed esteemed positions within the administration of Mormonism.  The founding capacity of Apostle grandparents on both sides of the tree has spawned an American made patriarchy in which every Romney may aspire for the crown.  (See Romney family tree.)

 

Upon rebirth of the ‘ancient gospel’ to Mormons there was also recreation of the Melchizedek Priesthood.  Only those special enough and called to the highest order can achieve this oneness with God and bestowal of His powers as a Prophet.  Mitt is a Melchizedek Priest (see The Washington Temple).  His dad was a Melchizedek Priest, as were all Romneys of Apostle heritage since the beginning of Mormon in 1830.

 

Grandpa Parley explains (Journal of Discourses by Parley P. Pratt, Reminiscences and Testimony of Parley Pratt, pgs 194-201, Sept 1856, with access to scan of original church document),

 

I learned something of the rights of the Church…. the restoration of the Priesthood and many important truths….The man that believes in Mormonism, believes in….  the keys of the Priesthood and Apostleship, and through those keys the people are to be built up, preserved, sanctified and prepared for the coming of the Lord.  These keys came from Joseph Smith who received them from…. the risen Jesus, the Redeemer of men.  If we harken unto these keys we shall be saved and inherit the celestial glory and exaltation….”

 

Only iconic men can be Apostles and the church produces a lesson guide to teach women about the respect they must show them.  Although they’re permitted to receive blessings, only males can hold these limited keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.  This birthright is so protective that Prophet and father George Romney shared his testament on record while paving the way for Mitt.

 

As a sidebar, Cousin Marion Romney was born in Chihuahua, Mexico along with George W. Romney.  Mitt’s father was a Mormon bishop, stake president and high priest who became the Republican governor of Michigan.  Immediate Grandpa Gaskell Romney ran for county commissioner as a Republican and Cousin Henry B. Eyring spoke of him as the church patriarch who gifted his official blessing.  This was before Henry’s exaltation as an Apostle to the Quorum of Twelve in 1995.  Mitt’s polygamous but immediate other grandfather is Rey Pratt, who served as president of bringing Mormonism to Mexico.  Cousin Vernon B. Romney completed missions for the Saints and sat as attorney and chair for the Utah Republican party before making his own run for governor.

 

Great uncle George S. Romney also completed missions and was rewarded with the presidency of Brigham Young University in Idaho.  He added his name to a Supreme Court lawsuit brought by Mormons against the United States government, to recoup property in Utah that was confiscated due to transgressions by the church against federal law.  He was not successful but challenged the court to the very end.   Cousin Spencer W. Kimball then received exaltation to the Quorum of Twelve to make it a family affair.  He then inherited the all-powerful presidency and instituted the Indian Placement Program; where indigenous children were taken from their homes to be assimilated into white culture and educated by the Mormon Church.

 

Marion on the other hand, went from working at the Salt Lake post office to becoming the city prosecutor, before winning a spot in the state legislature as a Democrat.  However, this resulted in being called to the Quorum of Apostles so he’d resign his post under a non-Republican banner.  He was tasked with chairing the Home Teaching committee which regrettably led to lawsuits that persist to this day, regarding complications with oversight and the abuse of youngsters while in an Elder’s care.  The Mormon religion purports to be a Republican institution, but aside of this all Romney men have stood as general authorities of this highly political religion.  Church president Marion Romney also descended from an original Apostle through polygamy, but Mitt’s particular lineage is worshiped as the most esteemed of any.

 

Had a rough go with polygamy not hampered his ambitions, Grandpa Parley might have succeeded Brigham Young as president of the faithful.  But non-Mormons of the founding day were staunchly against the ministry of plural wives and God-dom, giving rise to tipping points that precipitated the Utah War.

 

The way grandpa contributed is through a mission he took to Arkansas to preach the gospel and convert those who’d never heard it.  While there he celestially married another wife, Eleanor McLean, but she was already legally married to Hector and they had a few children.  Grandpa Parley absconded with the lady and her little ones, although he claims to have saved them from a life of oppression without the Book of Mormon.

 

Needless to say Hector was angry and when stifled by the law he took matters into his own hands.  Parley Pratt was murdered May 13, 1857 and his remains never made it back to Utah.  What did return was word of the Apostle’s demise and this reignited the violent side of every ecclesiastic general in the Utah Mormon army, including President and Governor Brigham Young.

 

A plan was hatched to exact revenge but the Saints didn’t want their name on it.  News arrived that a caravan was migrating from Arkansas and Mormons set out to deceive the Indians about it.  They felt the people of Arkansas were responsible for not protecting the Prophet and wanted to see these 120 men, women and children sacrificed to atone for their error.

 

In his last confession, a fellow by the name of John D. Lee explains he was sent to spin the tale, that an emigrant group was on their way and Mormons had word they planned to viciously kill the Indians.  The only option was to destroy the group and convincing them took a great deal of prodding.  The orders had come from Brigham Young and the Apostles though, so Brother Lee wasn’t in a position to let them down.

 

After desperate negotiation he managed to sell the idea and Indians, against their better judgement, set out to snuff the allegedly threatening clan on their way from Arkansas.  To their surprise the travelers were formidable and managed to fight them off, with the tribes returning to Lee in horror asking for the same help in return.

 

According to Plan B the Mormon army accepted responsibility to commit the act.  It was a terrible ambush on September 11, when Saints befriended pioneers to gain their trust and swooped in to murder everyone when their guard was down.  It was dubbed the Mountain Meadows Massacre and to this day it remains one of the darkest moments in establishing Mormonism.

 

In the meantime Brigham Young declared martial law in the Territory of Utah.  The federal government passed anti-polygamy laws and decided to crack down on the theo-democratic violence as well.  Eventually this led to the 1890 Manifesto in which Mormons would give up plural marriage and senate, in exchange for clemency (related to polygamy) and having Utah inducted into statehood with access to federal funding.

 

The only last bit of business was persecution for the massive slaughter at Mountain Meadows.  Despite John D. Lee being unable to kill 120 alone, Brigham Young and the Elders testified against him to protect themselves and higher ranking Prophets.  It’s a sad story no matter the perspective and upon his execution, Mr. Lee made rather poignant comments regarding the treachery of these Apostles.

 

Up next is the special Mormon doctrine focused on Blacks, Jews, Indians & Christians; followed by Good Ole Dad and how these theories make their way into real legislative and moral actions committed by Mitt Romney and his prophetic family.

Part 4/8 – Mitt Romney & Corporate Mormonism – Blacks, Jews, Indians & Christians

Minorities have certainly seen their share of discrimination and Mormons may be the only group who’ve bothered to canonize such indifference.  The years 1978, 2000 and 2009 will come to be pivotal, but first we must describe the scripture and beliefs that led to the indoctrination of fear.  Remembering Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and the Romney Apostles were selected by angels, the following is essentially their description of how we should treat our fellow man according to The Book and skin colour.  This is not my view and with concern, I only report to be the messenger.

 

This challenging conversation begins with identifying the word Lamanite, since it’s a Saintly term uniting two of the three and accounts for Native Indians as well as Mormons being the blood descendants of Israel.  As with most LDS (Latter Day Saint) creations previously explained, this is another example of a word and train of thought that can’t be found beyond the Book of Mormon.  (Atheists will need to bear a little longer as we sort through the logistics of doctrine, as they will illuminate Mitt Romney’s policies upon conclusion of the series.  This is required reading and the last stretch of background before getting to the heart of current politics.)

 

The church believes Indian tribes from around the world are Lamanites and constitute part of the original Israelis scattered from the Kingdom of God.  They’re fabled to escape Babylon and the destruction of Nebuchadnezzar in Jerusalem, as the unknown prophets that got away and weren’t revealed until 1830 by Mormon.  Instead of following the traditional Torah or Bible this new people is said to hop on boats and settle America – where the real holy land is located and Jesus is reported to have risen.  Coincidentally, Nebuchadnezzar relates to what Mormons are taught about Bible Christians and perhaps Mitt has been disingenuous when claiming to be Christian on the campaign trail (Journal of Discourses, Volume 5, pgs. 73-75).

 

Before we get any further it is important to explain the Book of Mormon; that it’s not a simple chapter written by a single prophet.  The Book is a collection of chapters that mimic the Holy Bible; through some amount of copying and complete additions of an entirely new story.  Whereas the Bible contains the Old and New Testaments; Mormon scripture contains only select lines and mixes them with new material, while failing to provide credit or explanation for where the two doctrines diverge.

 

A prime example is the Book of Nephi from Mormon literature, versus the Book of Isaiah from the Christian Bible.  In Nephi the Saints plagiarize lines from Isaiah in the first and second half, but they add their own take from Mormon prophets unknown to Christianity to fill the middle.  It is amongst these additions that we find the most trouble, especially about Blacks, Jews and Indians.  LDS calls these new Apostles preachers of the restored gospel and argues Christians and Jews will be judged for their failure to accept the newest version of the truth.

 

Many a writer has attempted critique of the Book of Mormon, as did Mark Twain (of Huckleberry Finn fame) at the time of its inception.  In his best-selling novel Roughing It, the prolific wordsmith reports on his visit with the Saints of Salt Lake valley, while passing through to the California gold rush.  He also stumbled upon the plagiarism and described the scripture as chloroform, also known as a sweet tasting poison.  In defence of this criticism Brigham Young University continues to refute the assessment with some unkind words of their own and as an arm of the Church directly.

 

Mormons believe not only that Jesus, Adam and company were man-Gods, but that new Apostles can be born every day and they harken to the Mormon faith.  Therefore they created the Doctrine and Covenants, as well as the Pearl of Great Price and the Journal of Discourses, to serve as companion guides with the Book of Mormon written by present day prophets like Mitt Romney and his ancestors (Abraham 1).  A Mormon Apostle has a calling to receive new revelations which are just as important as Moses or Abraham in the days of yore.  Only those of the Melchizedek Priesthood are endowed with this ability, but as previously noted the presidential hopeful is indeed one of them and subject to revelations that could change the course of faith at any time (Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, pg. 289).

 

Strung throughout the core literature we find messages that are less than inspiring.  Mormons believe they are the covenant people who are righteously able to wield the power of God, especially in judgment of Jews who do not convert to the Mormon version of Christianity.

 

“Wherefore he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish; for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; for they who are not for me are against me, saith our God.”  (2 Nephi 10:16)

 

Let us be clear that Mormons are the only remaining, entitled seed of Israel and the covenant made with Jewish descendants was overridden by a new covenant forged with modern day Apostles in America.  The Jews were deemed a wicked abomination (Nephi 1: 19-20), for which vengeance must be sought (Mormon 8: 32-41), because they refuse to accept Jesus Christ as God and therefore their church is of the devil (1 Nephi 14).  The Saints are further seeking justice against Jews for committing Jesus’ crucifixion (2 Nephi 10: 3) – however misplaced.

 

If anyone fails to heed Joseph Smith and his Quorum of Twelve Apostles they’ll be cut from society (Doctrine & Covenants 1: 14-18).  As the true heirs to Israel, they brought the Book of Mormon across the seas to America as a “white, exceedingly fair and beautiful” people (1 Nephi 13: 15).  They also slur at other churches for excluding their testimony by calling them harlots (1 Nephi 13).  More spectacular is their claim the Mormon Twelve will constitute the panel that sits in judgment of the twelve tribes of Israel (3 Nephi 27: 27) or they became a “dark and loathsome, filthy people” as punishment for disbelieving (1 Nephi 12: 9-10 & 23).  Native Indian-Lamanites could become white and delightsome if only they bond through marriage to Mormon Elders, but I’m not sure the same deal is being offered to Orthodox Jews.

 

Brigham Young once asked his followers if you can make a Christian of a Jew.  Although the answer was no, it was decided if a Jew renounced all they knew to become a Saint, that the evil blood of Judah would be purged from their veins (Journal of Discourses, Volume 2, page 142).  Therefore, in a heartfelt plea unto their brothers of Israel, the Mormons provided one last chance to repent (Book of Mormon, Chapter 7),

 

“Know that ye are the house of Israel.  Know that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved.  Know that ye must lay down your weapons of war and delight no more in the shedding of blood…. Know that ye…. must…. repent of all your sins and iniquities and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God and that he was slain by the Jews…. Therefore repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus…. And ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; therefore ye are numbered among the people of the covenant; and if…. ye believe in Christ and are baptized first with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savoir…. it shall be well with you in the day of judgment.  Amen.”

 

This statement applies to both Jews and Indians, who do not subscribe to the practice of baptism or Jesus Christ as the one almighty Savior.  These apparent blasphemers were marked with a curse according to the Book of Alma 3: 6-11, although there are countless Mormon scriptures to solidify this division and reasons for the shades of sin,

 

“The skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren…. who were just and holy men.  The Lord God set a mark upon them…. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that the Lord might preserve his people, that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction.  And it came to pass that whosoever did mix his seed with that of the Lamanites did bring the same curse upon his (children).”

 

Pertaining to Native Indians in North America, it was Mitt’s cousin Spencer Kimball who began the Indian Placement Program as president of the church.  The idea was to assimilate them into Mormon, white culture; while providing education and baptism into LDS.  As with any foster parenting there were good stories and bad, causing backlash that resulted in government study during 1977.  Many natives accused the service of destroying indigenous culture and eventually it was disbanded in the year 2000, however unofficially.  A non-profit group named Worlds of Difference sought to explore these challenges in protecting one’s heritage and produced a documentary examining the pros and cons of this program.  In it they state,

 

“A handful of former students told me they had been physically or sexually abused in their foster homes, but were still grateful to have found the Gospel.  A great number spoke of abuse in their natural families and of mothers who used Placement to protect them.”

 

Those who blended successfully may have become part of the singing group at Brigham Young University:

 

 

Another contentious part of Mormon culture has raised important questions for Blacks.  From plentiful scriptures we can ascertain they were cursed with blackness for smiting the white God of Nephi (2 Nephi 5: 21-23).  In 1954, Apostle Mark Peterson gave an especially troublesome address to the Mormon teacher’s conference about the Negro Question.  It was after the US Army desegregated and a Supreme Court decision promoted integration amongst schools that he offered this,

 

“I have read enough to give you an idea what the Negro is after.  He is not just seeking the opportunity of sitting down in a café where white people sit…. It appears the Negro seeks absorption with the white race.  He will not be satisfied until he achieves it by intermarriage.  This is his objective and we must face it.  We must (not) feel sorry for Negroes that we will open our arms and embrace them with everything we have…. This Negro…. which justified the Lord in sending him to earth…. with a black skin – if (he) is willing when he hears the Gospel to accept it…. and is truly converted…. he can enter the Kingdom.  He will go there as a servant….”

 

This belief is stirred by a number of Mormon prophets.  They assert the people of Canaan were cursed with heat, a barren land and marked with blackness on all their children to be despised throughout the land.  Because they were black they could claim no place amongst the Saints either, except in continued servitude (Moses 7:  8, 9 & 22).

 

As governor, Brigham Young delivered a speech in the legislature on February 5, 1852.  Entitled Slavery, Blacks and the Priesthood; he proceeded to inform the government about the origin of African blackness.  He emphatically professes it to be the curse of Cain, from whence Cain slayed his brother Abel in the first murder committed by humans.  Departing from Christianity however, the theocratic governor thought anyone who produced mixed children should be murdered as a favour,

 

“Were the children of God to mingle their seed with the seed of Cain it would not only bring the curse…. upon themselves, but they entail it upon their children after them and they cannot get rid of it.  If a man in an unguarded moment should commit such a transgression, if he would walk up and say cut off my head – and kill man, woman and child, it would do a great deal toward atoning for the sin.  Would this be to curse them?  No it would be a blessing to them – it would do them good that they might be saved with their Bren.  A man would shudder should they hear us talk about killing folk, but it is one of the greatest blessings to some to kill them, although the true principles of it are not understood.”

 

Men did hear it though from this address in sitting government.  Grandpa Parley and Uncle Orson held elected posts, as they continued debating the US Constitution on this matter.  By their interpretation, it had no right to undermine the Territory of Utah and Blacks should never be afforded the right to assume office.

 

In continued persecution, their perceived lack of intelligence was documented in the Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, pg. 290,

 

“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 intelligence that is normally bestowed upon mankind…. Cain slew his brother…. and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin.  Trace mankind…. and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race – that they should be the “servant of servants” and they will be until the curse is removed; and the abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree.”

 

It goes on to say the curse can only be lifted after all the fair people have reached the priesthood.  Only then, at the very end, can Blacks be relieved of the smiting put upon them.  It is clear white skin accounts for holiness to Mormons because they also compare the shades of coloured races against one another, to suggest they each remember their own filthiness when seeking a hierarchy amongst the dejected (Jacob 3: 8, 9).  The term white and delightsome has been repeated many times, in many speeches and Books (Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, pg. 336).

 

A more detailed account of Indian skin colour becoming whiter due to Mormonism, Jews having their blood changed to achieve Mormon repentance, the curse of Cain and the selling of Black slaves between LDS Saints, police surveillance of dissidents, a shooting, legislative denial of civil rights, oppression of Martin Luther King and a Supreme Court case preventing Blacks from becoming Boy Scout leaders can be found in a thorough investigation here (162 pages of predominantly Black history with the Church of Mormon, including historical documents from the beginning until 2004).

 

Whereas discrimination against others can be summarized in paragraphs; it is impossible to quote the real actions taken against Blacks in this type of overview.  There’s an extensive history behind the doctrine taught to Prophet Mitt Romney and I can only encourage sitting down with the above linked document as time permits.

 

It was 1978 when the Church relaxed restrictions against Blacks; so they could finally receive baptism, entry into the priesthood, marriage within the temple and acceptance to Heaven beyond that of servants.  Despite pressures from the NAACP and like minds, an attempt to change policy earlier was blocked directly by the church president.  Some have even suggested it was Grandpa Parley who helped to usher in the original ban against them.

 

Cousin Spencer Kimball was in charge of LDS at the time of Official Declaration 2 and explained it as a revelation he received, as a prophet, from up above, to let the Blacks in.  It coincided nicely with the church’s expansion into Brazil, since it was harder in other countries to trace the ethnic origin of participants and find anyone of pure white heritage.  In an effort to monitor the Saint’s evolution, it is noteworthy their first Black African authority wasn’t ordained to an executive position until 2009, despite the policy amendment occurring 31 years prior.  Other ethnicities accepted earlier have either been released or excommunicated and women are still uninvited to the table of revelations.

 

This goal of expanding the church to a global scale was at definite cross purposes with the deeply rooted meaning of scripture.  In an effort to alleviate the growing pains and convince Black members who’d been disaffected to return, the Genesis Group was created as support through a church auxiliary unit.  The homepage opens with Darius explaining how he misses the old days when his parents were slaves unto masters and the times seemed more respectful.  More uncomfortable is this month’s newsletter that spiritually discusses racism in Mormonism and offers an account of church missionaries calling Obama the N word.  The church’s own site goes on to say that discrimination is widespread and Blacks are still treated differently.

 

Technically if you wanted to make a complaint, you could send one to Mitt Romney.  He’s an executive at the church and his family is the board of directors.  Coming up next is Good Ole Dad, followed byChurch Business.  I leave you with this video of Mitt’s son, Tagg Romney, to offer a preview of what church, government and business look like when mixed together.