They were warmly welcomed instead, and the family eventually converted.
It’s been six years since I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In April 1978 he married his wife “after receiving counsel about the challenges of interracial marriage.” Just two months later the Priesthood and Temple ban for black members was lifted, and his family was sealed the next year.
Although still far from perfect, today it appears that the Church’s content acknowledges both that the Church previously disapproved of interracial marriages, and makes clear that such views are unacceptable.
I said something to my mother about how I was very sad they weren’t temple worthy because one of them was black.
My mother quickly corrected me, explaining that the real reason they weren’t getting married in the Temple was because one of them had recently been baptized and they had to wait a year to be sealed.
To the extent anyone still harbors any semblance of a belief that interracial marriage is disapproved or disfavored, the Church’s statement yesterday should put that belief to rest.
Out of curiosity, this afternoon I went and searched “interracial” and “miscegenation” on