In the past, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church have consistently opposed marriages between members of different ethnicities , though interracial marriage is no longer considered a sin. In , apostle Boyd K. Packer publicly stated that "[w]e'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.
Eliminating Any Lingering Disapproval Of Interracial Marriage
Eliminating Any Lingering Disapproval Of Interracial Marriage – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Interracial Marriage Discouraged by Church Leaders Today
The church teaches that in addition to civil marriage, which ends at death, a man and woman can undergo a celestial marriage in a temple performed by priesthood authority, whereby the marriage and parent—child relationships resulting from the marriage will last forever in the afterlife. From until , the LDS Church openly authorized polygamous marriages between one man and multiple wives, though polygamous families continued cohabitating into the s and s. The LDS Church also opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The world seeks to bring us pitfalls by making us fear to tell the truth. Here we share inspired warnings and encouragement from latter-day prophets re a lesser known principle in preserving marriages. In September , President Spencer W. He uses a survey from Salt Lake County to show some statistics that prove his point.