However, after much prayer and spiritual promptings, they chose to the counsel of their bishop and criticism from within the church, and were civilly married in 1974.(c) A 1992 article which tells the story of Robert Stenson, who converted in 1972 because of his overall testimony of the gospel, despite being furious that the LDS Church still engaged in racial separatism.I stared, captivated, at the photo for a long time – mostly admiring how beautiful and happy the couple looked — I think they were wearing bright yellow while standing in front of a palm tree. I don’t remember the exact words, but I remember the gist.The person remarked, in a tone of disapproval, that they didn’t think the couple should be getting married. But the person who said it was an adult, and adults knew more than me.Maybe the older person at church who had said the mean thing about the interracial couple still thought blacks and whites should be separated? I learned about , the 1967 Supreme Court decision striking down bans on interracial marriage as unconstitutional.Around the same time, I learned about the Mormon Church’s own tragic history of banning blacks from receiving the Priesthood or attending the Temple until 1978.
Even today, the church’s position remains ambiguous.That answer also didn’t make sense to me as a five-year-old, but at least the race-based part had been corrected.Any lingering confusion was further corrected the next year, when my first grade teacher did a Black History Month unit and we read children’s books about Martin Luther King, Jr.For the curious, here are the results: (a) The 2014 Race & the Priesthood gospel topics page and essay, which acknowledges (in a footnote) that Utah outlawed interracial marriage for the better part of a century.in the 1970s because Toe refused to be with Joseph on the grounds that he could not hold the Priesthood or get married in the Temple.