admin November 30th, 2010
The most important part of the entire Blacks and the Priesthood doctrine is not whether the seed of Ham was really cursed on not, since that is clearly laid out in the Pearl of Great Price (Abr. 1:21–27). It’s who the actual seed of Ham really is! Both the Kolbrin and Oahspe offers a lot of pretty believable historical detail to suggest that many Europeans who are currently extremely white are actually Hamitic migrants from Egypt, Africa and other regions of the Mediterranean. (In other words, skin color can mutate over thousands of years or change by natural selection and culturally is based as much on latitude ad sun exposure as it is on genetic origin. ref). We need to also remember that Ham was white, it was his wife (or daughter depending on how you read it) that was “a partaker of the blood of the Canaanites by birth” and thus under the curse of Cain, likely having some darker shade of skin. That would suggest again, that he may well have had other Children who were white and yet also under the Priesthood curse laid on Ham by Noah (Gen. 9:27). So there could be many white and brown shaded individuals who are more under the Hamitic curse than many Blacks.
Second point. Apart from there being many whites who may fall under the Hamitic Curse, there are likewise many blacks who are not Hamitic and thus have no part in it. The best example of this are the Lamanites. They were cursed with a “skin of blackness” (2 Ne. 5:21), but as far as we know were not cursed to the priesthood in any way. We can also speculate that if God did this in Central America to the Lehite branch of scattered Israel, he may well have done it to others in other parts of the world. Thus it is error to think that all black skinned people are somehow under this ancient curse.
Might we also remember that Abraham’s Egyptian wife Hagar was also likely under the curse as well as her son Ishmael and his many middle eastern descendants. The same is likely true of Rachel’s servant Bilhah and their decedents (2 of the 12 tribes of Israel). Same again for the descendants of Moses and his Egyptian wife. In fact, despite the Israelite emphasis on racial purity, it is hard to know for sure how much intermarrying went on during Israel’s several hundred year sojourn in Egypt. And I have reason to speculate that the Lord led at least one group of Israelite from Egypt to colonize central and southern Africa. Not to mention the unavoidable mixing that occurred in the many Jewish enclaves with sprang up in Egypt and along the Eastern Coast of Africa after the Babylonian Diaspora.
So you see that despite a valid doctrinal foundation, the Churches insistence of not ordaining Blacks to the Priesthood up until 1978 may have been a bit of a misunderstanding. God gives all men as well as his prophets a large amount of leeway to rule according to their own dictates, and he often doesn’t point us in the right direction until we ask in faith with a desire to receive the right answer. This is most obvious in Christ’s words to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 15:16–18 where Christ states that despite the fact that he knew his apostles had misunderstood him as he spoke about his “other sheep”, he was explicitly commanded by the father NOT to correct them. He then however, later states in 3 Nephi 16:4 that they would have been made to know the truth if they would have just asked.
I believe that this is why the Church did not clear up the misunderstanding of blacks being barred from the priesthood until 1978. Before that time, there just weren’t enough black people in the Church to warrant the twelve to pray unitedly with enough faith to change the doctrine which may well have been a “tradition of their fathers”. But as there began to be a large number of converts in Brazil of obvious African decent, the leaders in Brazil began to relentlessly petition the Twelve for guidance, causing the Twelve to unite in purpose and prayer for an answer they and the body of the church were now ready to receive. And just as the Lord promised his twelve in Jerusalem, the answer came through the Holy Ghost.
Talk a bit more about how many Africans are of the house of Israel either through adoption or mixing. Also telling how we don’t know exactly who the seed of Ham (Egyptus) are, but whoever they are, they form an intricate part of the bible story! Use the below facts as well as Joseph smith marrying a black woman? And ordaining a black man. Its important to note that latitude/climate seem to have played a part in genetic alteration of skin color.
I believe color plays a huge role in the bible, and more importantly in the mystical meaning God is trying to teach us with Human History. It is all about the first becoming last and the last becoming first. Different shades of colors all combining to arive at pure light, the sum total of the rainbow. The colors of the jewels which represented each of the Twelve Tribes is significant. They were not only worn on the Ephod, but reiterated in the Book of Revelation. The Color of the skin of the twelve tribes I believe was also a rainbow assortment of tones, designated to teach us a lesson. I believe there was an assortment with the original twelve apostles as well. When the details of human history are revealed we will be able to unravel more of the mystical deeper meaning hidden in these racial symbols.
-In believe Japheth was likely white with a yellow wife… thus from him comes the Russians, Mongolians and Chinese.
-Ham was white with a black wife, thus from him comes the blacks and whites of Africa and parts of Europe.
-And Shem was white with either a white or possibly even brown wife, creating the whites (and browns) of India, South Asia, Europe and Israel.
In my opinion, Jacob’s four wives were also multi-colored. Rachel and Leah were white(ish), Rachel’s handmaiden Bilhah was Black and Leah’s handmaiden Ziplah was yellow/asian. Thus of the 12 tribes of Israel we have the colors.
Reuben (1) - white
Simeon (2) – white
Levi (3) - white
Judah (4) - white
Dan (5) - black
Naphtali (6) – black
Gad (7) - yellow
Asher (8) - yellow
Issachar (9) – white
Zebulun (10) – white
Joseph (11) – white
Benjamin (12) – white
-Adam may have been reddish or red haired (as Moses). The name Adam means red man according to some sources.
-The song of Solomon is supposedly dedicated to a black woman (reference?)
-Hagar the Egyptian, bore a child for Abraham by Sarah his wife.
-Simon the Canaanite who converted to the nation of Israel to become a Jew through the article of circumcision was an Apostle and reportedly black.
-Noah’s third son, Ham was the founder of the black races according to the bible.
-Hadassah, better known as queen Esther is said by some sources to have been Black (ish).
-Moses passed for an Egyptian and is said to have had a copper colored skin. Note that he lead his people out of African slavery.
-The Ethiopian eunuch was likely the first non-Jewish convert to Christianity
-It was a Cyrene or Libyian whom the Romans forced to carry the cross of Christ at his crucifixion. (This may be quite significant).
-Interesting that the Holy Land that Jews and Arabs are fighting over originally belonged to Canaan. (Although the Book of Jubilee says it was originally given to Shem and then unlawfully inhabited by Canaan.)