From Calcutta to Kaysville : Is Righteousness Color-coded?
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
In this article Copeland first discusses the popular concept that people born in less desirable places or conditions (i.e., black or other non-white races, in poor parts of the world, etc.) were born there because they were less valiant than others in the pre-existence. He shows that several general authorities have contributed to that belief. He next discusses the scriptural and cultural origins of that doctrine, showing that it is clearly racist in origin and nature and not supported as such by scripture. He then discusses the attitudes of certain recent and current church leaders, showing that they think quite differently about the matter, and that they are concerned that we get rid of such racial biases as we become a world wide church. He also discusses the concept of inter-racial marriage, showing that the Church now teaches that although it may not be wise, it is not condemend. He also suggests that inter-racial marriages are not any less successful than other marriages. With respect to the expanding church, he quotes Boyd K. Packer who said, in 1987, 'Now, we are moving into those countries, but we can't move there with all the baggage we produce and carry here! We can't move with a 1947 Utah Church! Could it be that we are not prepared to take the gospel because we are not prpared to take (and they are not prepared to receive) all of the things we have wrapped up with it as extra baggage.'