He was castrated and a note warning black men to stay away from white women was pinned to his chest.In his book, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, D.In 1847 Young heard of a Mormon couple composed of a black man and a white woman with their child living in Massachusetts and responded that if they weren't living so close to non-Mormons they would have to be killed since the law is that black and white seed should not be "amalgamated".In 1852 as territory governor, Young stated before the territory legislature that if a white man had children with a black woman, he should request to have his head chopped off.(2 Nephi ) The Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual quotes Joseph Fielding Smith in Answers to Gospel Questions that the skin color was given to "keep the two peoples from mixing".Early church leaders stated their opposition to marriages between black people and white people.He continued saying that if someone were to kill the man, woman and any children of such a union, that it would be a blessing to them and "it would do a great deal towards atoning for the sin".
In addition, having served as a Church leader for almost 30 years, I can also certify that I have never received official verbal instructions condemning marriages between black and white members." Though, denying any condemnation of interracial marriage, there was no comment on whether it was still discouraged, however.In the same June 1978 issue announcing that black members were now eligible for temple rites, missionary service, and priesthood ordination, the official newspaper of the LDS Church, The same day a church spokesman stated "interracial marriages generally have been discouraged in the past, ...that remains our position" and that "the Church does not prohibit ...In the past, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) have consistently opposed marriage between different ethnicities. Packer publicly stated in 1977 that "We’ve always counseled in the Church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise." Nearly every decade beginning with the church's formation until the 1970s has seen some denunciation against miscegenation, with most focusing on black-white marriage.The teachings of church leaders on race and interracial marriage stem from "biological and social" principles and have garnered criticism and controversy.