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Church leaders taught that these restrictions were commanded by God.In 1978, the First Presidency and the Twelve, led by church president Spencer W.
For young men and men in the LDS church, priesthood ordination is required to hold leadership roles, perform baptisms, bless the sacrament, and give other blessings.
Slavery in Utah ended in 1862 when Congress abolished it.
Blacks gained the right to vote in 1867, also through an act of Congress.
Black people in the LDS Church suffered exclusion and discrimination even after the 1978 revelation, and still feel the effects of racist attitudes.
Before the civil rights movement, the LDS Church's doctrine-based policy went largely unnoticed and unchallenged for about a century with the First Presidency stating in 1947 that the doctrine of the LDS Church which banned interracial marriage and black people from entering the temple or receiving the priesthood was never questioned by any of the church leaders.
There has never been a written church policy against interracial marriage.