There Was No Curse!


Left to right: (former Genesis president) Darius Gray,  (first Genesis president) Ruffin Bridgeforth, (emeritus member of the quorum of the seventy) Helvécio Martins, (current Genesis president) Don Harwell


Toward the end of 2013 the LDS church begin releasing a series of essays on their “gospel topics pages”. These essays were to serve as a resource, as well as to shed more light into bothersome subjects of concerned members. While, some bishops and stake presidents have shied away from discussing the information found on the church’s website, that was not my experience. It’s probably not a surprise that the essay that I gravitated to the most was “Blacks and the Priesthood”! After reading it several times, then checking and rechecking the website to make sure it was on the LDS churches official website, I decided to copy, paste and email the essay and link to my bishop and stake president. Both responded in a very positive manner, which I must say was a relief, because I knew that some of my friends were experiencing push back from their leaders. Within a week of receiving my e-mail, my stake president arranged a time where I could share the information with the bishops as well as the priest in my stake. I’ve read the story in The Salt Lake Tribune about what the Dawson’s experience, it was heart breaking, especially considering that the majority of the black members of the LDS church know and have known about the dynamics of the priesthood ban. Once most of us discovered the information, we were armed and ready to go tell it on the mountain. However reaching the mountain,  came in the form of resistance from our brothers and sisters in the gospel. That is why when the LDS church came out with the essays, on race, polygamy, and Joseph Smith, I was content. Having information like Race & the Priesthood meant I know longer had to prove that what I was saying was true or proving that where I got my information from was legitimate. I said all that to say this, that as the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ feel moved to release information: I’m going to support it! It may not be everything I want when I want it, but I can certainly support their efforts. For the record that whole curse thang, I am not cursed, ain’t never been cursed,  and ain’t never believed that I was cursed! And, err’body I know can run tell dat!

Are you familiar with the essays on the “gospel topics pages“? Do you have an experience worth sharing as it pertains to the sharing of info found in the essays?


Still Blessed!

Sista Beehive~



  • Ssev Dor

    I do not fault the LDS members. Nor do I fault Joseph Smith, who had no such view of blacks, or the Book of Mormon, which teaches that all, black and white, are children of God. I fault the Mormon Church’s leadership, since Joseph Smith.

    Here are the questions that a humble seeker of happiness, who loves Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, must ask themselves:

    What did Joseph Smith mean when, speaking to the LDS people, he said, “You don’t know me; you never knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it: I shall never undertake it.”

    What did Joseph Smith know that would have got him killed by his brethren, the Mormon leadership, allegedly “under” Joseph Smith? “Brethren, if I were to tell you all I know of the kingdom of God, I do know that you would rise up and kill me.”

    What revelations could the Latter-Day Saints not bear? “If I was to show the Latter Day Saints all the revelations that the Lord has shown unto me, there is scarce a man that would stay with me, they could not bear it”

    Who was Joseph and what did he know that would have caused his brethren to take his life? ““Would to God, brethren, I could tell you WHO I am! Would to God I could tell you WHAT I know! But you would call it blasphemy and want to take my life!”

    If one can answer these questions for the world, including the current membership of the Mormon Church, then that person will doing a service for his or her fellow men. Until then, I fear that good Black members of the LDS Church will make the mistake that millions of Mormons make: assuming that if Joseph Smith was a true prophet and the Book of Mormon is the word of God, then the Mormon Church must be true. But Joseph NEVER wanted to organize a church around his message; he suffered it because the members wanted it; “God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble” (Jacob 4:14). Joseph Smith NEVER wanted to call the initial Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The Three Witnesses chose the Twelve. Joseph Smith was a true prophet. The Book of Mormon is true. But the Mormon Church and the Mormon leadership since Joseph Smith are FALSE.

    • Aaron Roland

      Certainly there were things, and probably still are some things, that if god were to reveal at the wrong point in history to the saints that they could not bear it. We are his children, and as children we are not yet ready for some information. Unfortunately the saints back then, as they are not now, were not perfect. That does not mean that the leadership of teh church was false from then tell now, or that the teachings and revelations sense then are not correct. They are.

      Milk before meat, remember. saints were not yet ready at that point for many things, but as we have progressed towards gods truth, he has revealed even more truth to us. That is the blessing, responsibility, and tragedy of living in a fallen world, yet living in a fallen world with revelation direct from God through his servants.

      I’m sorry you feel the way you do, but I know the church and Gods Gospel is true. Though we members aren’t perfect, and god uses imperfect tools and instruments… which must be extremely frustrating for him… to accomplish the goals he has.

      • Ssev Dor

        Thank you, Aaron, for your kind response. Although we have different belief systems, I respect your viewpoint and the right we all have to worship God however we choose. Best to you, Aaron. Rod.

      • Laura-Denise Maxwell

        Nah, thats a cop-out. Saying “nobody’s perfect” doesnt excuse anything and trivialized the fact that they’ve lead MILLIONS astray- just by insisting God will never allow them to do so. These MEN promised the members of the LDS church that God himself would take away the president’s agency and either prevent them from leading the church astray or remove them from their positions. That hasnt happened. Not once. My bishop told me, this past sunday, that we should all stop judging past presidents by todays standards. I unequivocally reject that statement because, while that nonsense is often used to justify mormon bigotry toward black and brown ppl, its never used when the victims are white. No one is saying that we shouldnt judge Hitler by today’s standards. But our racist LDS leaders get a pass? Nah. It was wrong then and its wrong now.
        Sure, no one is perfect. The difference here is that you dont get kicked out of church for pointing out local members’ flaws- but point out that our church leaders were wrong, and all hell rains down.
        If every bit of your faith depends on these men being right all the time, your faith is built on sand.
        The testimonies of our membership are supposed to be built on having personal relationships with God and His Son. Our testimonies ARE NOT supposed to be built on the words of men. Knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel has absolutely NOTHING to do with whether or not these men are God’s “mouthpieces” (a word that doesn’t show up in the scriptures even once). Knowledge of truth has EVERYTHING to do with your personal revelations from the spirit of God. So WHEN (not if) the Lord’s elect are lead astray, you won’t be lead down dangerous paths and lost bc you held onto the iron rod- the Word Of God. Not the word of Monson, or the words of Luke, James, or John- the Word of God (which is personal revelation).

  • Darcee Yates

    Thank you sista Beehive for pointing me toward this essay! I havn’t blogged in sometime, and when I visited my blog page this morning I noticed I had listed your blog as one of my favorites. So I had to stop by and reaquaint myself ( after several years) with your site. I’m not sure of the ‘political correctness’ of what I’m about to say -please forgive if it in any way offends. But, I wish I knew you. I wish I lived close, and we were friends and I got to see the world more through your perspective. I am fascinated by culteral differences, I loved coloring the pages of ” it’s a small world figures” in their native costumes when I was in grade school(a half century ago)- knowing that my heritage was mostly Irish but being fascinated by the more exotic, (and I thought more colorful and beautiful) children of India, and African, Asia, and Italy etc. I did not have a single person of color in any of the schools I attended growing up in Orlando, Florida until High School, when we had ONE boy, a terrific athlete with an outgowing personality ( to say nothing of that fact that he was extremely handsome) so that everyone in the school of 2000+ students knew who he was. I moved to Utah after graduation, married, raised a family in happy valley, semi- Retired to southern Utah and have spent my entire life never getting to know another American of your heritage. I feel deprived. I’m a flight attendant and I keep my job just so I can afford to fly abroad once a year, learn as much as I can of gaelic, or french, or german or spanish and immerse a little in a different culture. That privilege doesn’t seem to be affored to us in America- to notice the differences in peoples is taboo, intentions are misconstrued and considered not politically correct. When did celebrating the differences in people and sharing the greatness in all of us become a bad thing? Anyway- I am grateful for your blog and all that you share. Looking forward to a more accepting afterlife where less offense is taken and honest questions can be asked and answered in a spirit of love and harmony and a desire to share experience and learn form each other.

  • izzymuse

    I have been a member of the LDS Church for 35 years and I love being a member for many reasons (the plan of happiness, the social support to do good and love one another, etc.). And I am certain that the policy to ban members of the LDS church who are black, started by Pres. Brigham Young and sadly carried on as a church policy for a century, was NOT of God! It is of cultural racism. We are all God’s children. But I am concerned that the “prophets, seers, and revelators”, or the “brethren” can be so wrong about something so bad for so long! If they’re wrong about something like this, what else are they wrong about? I simply hope that we all seek to have a strong personal relationship with God and use good reasoning before going along with any policy which may seem unsensible or even hurtful. God bless.