Race and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in India
Mormon Studies Review
Brigham Young University
Paul Reeve has argued that the Book of Mormon’s imperative, “all are alike unto God,” “met its match in an American religious and racial culture which insisted otherwise.” The complexity of race and its construction in “Indian culture” over the course of a much longer history has created a formidable match for a Mormonism characterized at times by its “whiteness” and “Americanness.” Race in India is a multifarious and changing phenomenon. Contemporary scholars claim that India is facing “a race problem made up of a combination of ignorance and denial.” The policy of geographic boundaries rather than self-selection creates diverse congregations in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in India and produces unique responses to the issue of race.