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"Descendants of the Book of Mormon peoples (Population density)", from the December 1975 Ensign[1]

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[edit] Cursed with black skin

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[edit] Lamanite Placement Program

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"I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today as against that of only fifteen years ago. Truly the scales of darkness are falling from their eyes, and they are fast becoming a white and delightsome people....
The day of the Lamanites is nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. In this picture of the twenty Lamanite missionaries, fifteen of the twenty were as light as Anglos;...The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.
At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old daughter were present, the little member girl...was several shades lighter than her parents...There was the doctor in a Utah city who for two years had had an Indian boy in his home who stated that he was some shades lighter than the younger brother just coming into the program from the reservation. These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness. One white elder jokingly said that he and his companion were donating blood regularly to the hospital in the hope that the process might be accelerated.
The day of the Lamanites has the dark clouds are dissipating." (Spencer W. Kimball, Improvement Era, December 1960. pages 922-23)

[edit] 1971 Lamanite youth conference

Apostle Spencer W. Kimball spoke in Salt Lake City at what was called the Lamanite Youth Conference on April 24, 1971. Speaking to the Native Americans present:

"You are of royal blood, the children of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Lehi."
"With pride I tell those who come to my office that a Lamanite is a descendant of one Lehi who left Jerusalem six hundred years before Christ and with his family crossed the mighty deep and landed in America. And Lehi and his family became the ancestors of all of the Indian and Mestizo tribes in North and South and Central America and in the islands of the sea, for in the middle of their history there were those who left America in ships of their making and went to the islands of the sea."

The talk was adapted into a July 1971 Ensign article, "Of Royal Blood".

Peter MacDonald, chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council, was one of the speakers.

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  1. Lane Johnson, "Who and Where Are the Lamanites?" Ensign, Dec. 1975, p. 15

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