Thursday, August 19, 2010

What Do Mormons Believe? Watch This Cartoon

When I was a youth pastor, we were shown the following video (but the movie included more than just the following cartoon).  On the one hand, it makes me laugh.  The production value isn't great, the animation is choppy, and some of it is rather ridiculous.  However, it does present fairly sound Mormon theology.  I'm sure much of it will surprise you.

It is important to clear up one thing that may be going through your mind after watching the video.  The cartoon suggests that Mormons believe that blacks are a cursed race.  Is this really true?  Well, yes and no.  Ask the average Mormon and they will reject it and will probably not even know that that was once believed by their church.  However, it is true that official Mormon doctrine on this issue use to believe this but, like the polygamy issue, have sense changed their doctrine.

The Book of Mormon says:

And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sons cursing, because of their iniquity.  For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. -2 Nephi 5:21

Other passages could be mentioned, but this one is troubling.  I should repeat that to most, if not all, Mormons, they reject the idea that they believed that blacks were a cursed race.  However, texts like this are difficult to get around and many have tried.

I would not begin here when talking to a Mormon, but instead discuss the gospel.

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