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from U.S. & Mormon settler colonialism, white supremacy, and imperialism
This is my testimony of the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which my entire family have been followers of since 1884.
I’d like to bear my testimony:
I know this church is an overtly white-settler-Christian-imperial-capitalist-hetero-supremacist corporation which refuses to apologize, acknowledge, or be accountable to the ongoing harms they’ve enacted.
I know Joseph Smith was a pedophile, (attempted) murderer, & con-man who stole millions in contemporary dollars from his members and constantly ran from being held accountable for any of his crimes.
I know Brigham Young was an imperial genocidal terrorist who also controlled his own people (my ancestors) through blood-atonements (divine murder) & other abuses of power.
I know The Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and D&C were made up by Joseph Smith as part of his financial con in the form of a religious corporation and they are each book teaches that white-supremacy, heteropatriarchy, settler-colonialism, classism, Christian-supremacy, & antisemitism are divine.
I know the Mormon doctrine of eternal families is rooted in anti/philosemitism, misogynistic polygamy, and classist pedophilic eugenics—that Joseph threatened to murder his own wife in the same revelation in Joseph describes the doctrine of eternal families & polygamy.
I know Mormon temples, priesthood, and Israeli-identity are examples of anti/philosemitic, hetero-patriarchal, and white-Christian-settler-supremacist practices.
I know Mormon end-times beliefs are far-right, Christian-Nationalist/supremacist, anti-queer, and contribute to the destruction of the livability of our planet (the only one we’ll ever know).
I know this church sided with & assisted Nazis during & after WWII—that its leaders (using their religious and US gov authority) actively fought against allowing Jewish refugees (even those converted to Mormonism) from emigrating to the U.S.
I know the contemporary church uses their mass fortune (the results of the financial con that their founder started) to defend, enable, and assist child abusers while they abuse survivors of child abuse—and to create deadly anti-queer laws globally.
I know they use their missionary program to colonize Indigenous Peoples across the world spreading this white-Christain-supremacy & nationalism comminting genocide through cultural assimilation.
I know the Mormon God is openly white-supremacist as he uses whiteness as a mark of his Chosen People and uses “a skin of blackness” as a mark of evil. And openly advocates for segregation and anti-miscegenation (in both scripture and the words of his prophets).
I know the current Prophet & other leaders were all grown ass men as this church assisted Nazis, committed genocide through the Lamanite Placement Program, openly practiced anti-Black segregation, fought against civil rights, homosexual marriage rights, and women’s rights. And they do it all with the word love on their lips.
I know this church learned everything it knows from the U.S. settler-colonial project in which it was conceived. That the only thing Mormon leaders and the U.S. government have ever fought over is who will dominate the masses, the land, and it’s Peoples.
I know that it is our responsibility as heirs & products of these projects to, like Jesus, destroy those which seek to hoard and abuse power and wealth through the subjugation and exploitation of people and that which gives us all life.
This essay is also featured in Testimony "Vol. 3" by Related Records
Here’s a list of 11 Mormons who’ve run for U.S. President* beginning with Joseph Smith’s 1844 campaign.
(*Eldridge Cleaver was not yet a Mormon when he ran
*Sonia Johnson was no longer a Mormon when she ran
*Ezra Taft Benson never ran bc his Prophet wouldn’t let him)
Mormons have been politically active since their founding. Mike Lee, Mitt Romney, and the Udall family are all from power Mormon Pioneer dynasties who gained and maintained power and wealth through land theft.
Currently Mormons represent 1.7% of the 117th Congress (and 2% of the US population). They serve and have served as members of the State Dept, as US ambassadors, as well as the CIA, FBI, and many federal courts.
But no Mormon has ever been US President despite being a uniquely U.S. American religion and repeated attempts by members.
10) Jon Huntsman Jr., 2012, Republican
Twelve years after successfully arguing for a Mormon exemption to the Indian Child Welfare Act, Diné man, Mormon General Authority, & Lamanite Placement Program graduate George P. Lee was excommunicated.
In the early ‘80s as “friend of the Indians” & Mormon Prophet, Spencer W. Kimball, was very sick. Future Mormon Prophet Ezra Taft Benson & others began to cut funding to the Lamanite programs Kimball had spent his life building up.
George P. Lee, as a member of the 70, protested these changes demanding: “Who is turning their backs on the Lamanites–the very people on whom your own salvation hangs?”
Lee believed that the purpose of the Mormon church was to “bring the message of the Book of Mormon to American Indians” so that they may “blossom as a rose,” turn “white and delightsome” and prepare for the Americas for the gathering of Israel in the New Jerusalem and the Second Coming of Christ.
Lee understood the Mormon church to be divinely for, and eventually run by, Lamanites – aka the Tribe of Manasseh. Lee also believed, as the early leaders taught, that the salvation of Euro-Mormons depends on the salvation of Lamanites.
“(You) have no sense of responsibility to (Indigenous Peoples) because you displaced them and set yourself up as Ephraim more superior to the Lamanites and thus you are telling (Indigenous Peoples) that you are No. 1 and they are second class. It is getting to the point where every Gentile that is baptized is told and taught that he is the literal seed of Ephraim unless he is a Jew, Indian or Black. This… encourages an attitude of superior race, white supremacy.
“You have cut out Indian or Lamanite programs and are attempting to cut them out of the Book of Mormon. You are trying to discredit or downplay the role of Lamanites in these last days and downplay their role and importance in the building of the New Jerusalem.''
Partly, for this kind of protest George P. Lee was excommunicated. He was the first Mormon leader to be excommunicated in forty-six years.
Although I believe the true purpose of this church is to make money and power for itself and its leaders, I do agree with Lee’s understanding of the explicit purpose of the church as founded in the Book of Mormon. Even today this church still teaches that the Book of Mormon “was written primarily to the Lamanites.”
For this church to be aligned with its Book of Mormon message, at least half of the quorum of twelve ought to be Native by now and they should be doing everything in their power to cause the Lamanite to “blossom as a rose.” But this isn’t the case, because as Lee points out in his excommunication letter, these leaders are more there for money, than “the Lord’s work.”
“I am not sure how many of us would really do the Lord's work if we were not being paid.”
- George P. Lee, 1989
To read the full length essay with sources see “Mormonism and Indigenous Assimilation”
CIVIL RIGHTS: TOOL OF COMMUNIST DECEPTION, by Ezra Taft Benson. General Conference, September 29, 1967
1936 - This church’s 1st official statement against communism
1949 - 1st official statement on their anti-Black doctrines and policies.
1966 - 2nd official anti-communist manifesto.
1969 - 2nd anti-Black manifesto
This church has published two official statements defending their anti-Blackness and two decrying communism. During that time (WWII & Civil Rights era) they released zero statements against Nazism , white-supremacy, or fascism. (Though Deseret News did print articles in support of Nazis)
As Civil Rights organizers fought against anti-Black segregation, this church was fighting for their religious freedom to practice and preach anti-Black policies and doctrines. In this church’s collective mind, Black people were in their divine place in God’s “caste system”––they already had all the rights God has given them.
Ironically, it was Ezra Taft Benson’s mission trip to post-Nazi Germany that led to him to being so firm in his anti-communism. He blamed the hardships of Germans on the rise of communism from the ashes of fascism. But for some reason he never thinks that maybe Nazism is what created the devastation and starvation in post-war Germany, not the struggling form of communism that rose in its wake.
Tho anti-communism and white-supremacy were already a deeply embedded feature of this church when Benson went to Germany. Benson’s mentor, J. Reuben Clark, (known white-supremacist, First President, and US State official) co-authored this church’s 1936 official statement decrying communism as satanic. Clark also co-authored the first public anti-Black statement. And he liked to collected and handed out antisemetic propaganda in the US and Nazi Germany.
The year after this church released their 1936 anti-communist statement, President Grant spoke under a Nazi flag to Nazi Mormons in Nazi Germany telling them, ““Stay here…We want to keep the Church intact and the missionaries working.” During this time, this church was helping Nazis do their genealogy work in search of Jews to exterminate.
The Venn diagram of Mormonism’s far-right politics, anti-communism, anti-Blackness, white-supremacy, and US-exceptionalism forms a circle.
“In July 1937, the Mormon Prophet Heber J. Grant, spoke to 800 members at a rented meeting hall in Frankfurt. Like all buildings in Nazi Germany, it came with a large swastika flag. On Aug. 7, the Deseret News, the Church-owned Salt Lake City daily, ran this picture. In its news columns, the DN regularly published wire service stories about Hitler’s treatment of Germany’s Jews. But in the religion section, it had no qualms about associating the Church President with Nazi symbolism.” (Nelson, David Conley. Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany. University of Oklahoma, 2015.)
CIVIL RIGHTS: TOOL OF COMMUNIST DECEPTION
For the first about 150 years Mormon leaders spoke openly in favor of anti-Black segregation.
Joseph Smith said he “would confine [Black people] by strict law to their own species"
Brigham Young taught that justified enslavement by saying that God cursed Cain, the father of all Africans and made them “servant of servants.” He also taught sexual segregation saying that white men who had sex with Black women deserved to be blood atoned and that apostates would be cursed with black skin “just like the devil.”
Taylor taught that Blackness survived the Flood of Noah so that the “devil should have a representation upon the earth”
I am nicholas b jacobsen, an artist, researcher, historian, educator, and organizer. I am a trans-non binary Euro-settler raised in the Nuwu lands of so-called Utah. My family has been Mormon and Utahn for as long as either of those concepts have existed. My ancestors sacrificed everything--their identities, homelands, jobs, health, & safety to become Mormon, Utahn, U.S. American, & white--to settler their Zion. They also sacrificed their humanities as they committed genocide against Kuttuhsippeh (Goshute), Timpanogos Shoshone, Shoshone-Bannock, Eastern Shoshone, Ute, Nuwu (Southern Paiute), and Diné (Navajo). Because my ancestors made my home through Indigenous genocide in their home/lands––I take it as my personal responsibility to unsettle what my ancestors settled, while helping my fellow settlers do the same through reading, writing, art, and community building.
American Exceptionalism / Constitutionalism
Anti Communism / Imperialism
Art / Personal
Curse Of Cain / Ham
Dallin H. Oaks
End Times / Latter Days
Ezra Taft Benson
J. Reuben Clark
Lamanites And Indigeneity
Pure / White Supremacy
Settler Colonialism / Zionism
Spencer W. Kimball
The Family Proclamation / Marriage / The Gay Agenda
Under The Banner Of Heaven
W. Cleon Skousen