Ban on Blacks for the Priesthood and Temple Ordinances

In this section we want to give a wide-ranging discussion about the LDS ban on black members receiving the priesthood and/or participating in temple ordinances. One common misconception is that this ban only impacted black males, but black females were also denied ordinances in the temple as well as (in the early days) the ordinances like healing the sick by the laying on of hands.

We highly encourage you to read through all sections as we discuss the following elements of the priesthood ban:

Historical Timeline of the Priesthood/Temple Ban on Blacks: A look at the timeline of the ban on blacks using the church's historical records, quotes from leaders, and the scriptures themselves.

Official LDS Essay "Race and the Priesthood" with Discussion Notes: We review the church's official Gospel Topics essay on race and the priesthood and annotate it with notes about the ban, why leaders taught it was doctrine from God, and why it ended.

What Do The Church's Scriptures Teach Us About Race Today? - We take a look at Russell Nelson's statement that "prejudice, hate and discrimination are learned," and compare that to past statements from prophets, seers, and revelators along with what the church's own scriptures teach about what caused people to have dark skin to this very day.

Quotes from Church Leaders about the Ban: We compiled a small selection of quotes from both church scriptures and leaders to illustrate what the ban on blacks was, how it was taught, and why it is still relevant today.

Come Follow Me: The Curse of Dark Skin -  A look at how the church changed their Come Follow Me manual after printing to avoid discussing the literal text in 2 Nephi that the Lamanites were cursed with a "skin of blackness" in order to "not be enticing" to the "white and delightsome" Nephites, and what church history and past prophets say about this very painful belief.

Come Follow Me: What if Skin Doesn't Mean Human Skin? - A response to the opinion piece in the Salt Lake Tribune about the dark skin controversy from 2 Nephi, and how the apologetic argument that the curse of dark skin actually meant clothing is an insult to our intelligence and has no basis in fact or common sense