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My siblings and I had nontraditional Mormon childhoods, raised in Spain and London around all kinds of people.On holidays we alternated listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and mariachi music, stories about Jesus visiting America and tales of my aunt Tafoya, who was once possessed.An Aaronic Priesthood manual as well as a marriage course manual both feature a quote from President Spencer W.Kimball about seeking commonalities among potential mates, including being of similar race.Because my older sister Tina was marrying a Turkish Muslim instead of a fellow Mormon, the Mormon bishop at the microphone had been instructed not to use religious words in his sermon."There is something...divine about marriage," he stumbled awkwardly.To be sure, these are small mentions from a few non-prominent manuals, but they still exist as living curricula. The Church does not currently say much of anything about interracial relationships other than they are not forbidden.
And yet, official teaching manuals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still contain some language dissuading mixed-race relationships. Belong to another organization or club for the purpose of socializing with nonbelievers. Have best friends and activity buddies who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses. Associate with people outside their organization when it is not necessary. Attend social functions sponsored by their employer unless attendance is required 5. Contribute to the Presidential Campaign Fund on their tax return 9. Take a stand on any political or ‘worldly’ issue outside of their organization 17. Study psychology, philosophy, sociology, and viewpoints that might shake their faith 51. Dating someone without the intent of getting married 58. Breaking an engagement, separation, and ‘unscriptural’ divorce may result in disciplinary action 60.
On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple that had been sentenced to a year in prison for having an interracial marriage, which was still illegal in 16 states up to that time due to the of 1924.