For about 130 years, men and women of African decent were considered cursed by the Mormon Church. They could be baptized, but the were not allowed to serve in leadership positions and they were not allowed to participate in LDS temple ceremonies.
|1978 BYU Universe Cover Story
|Mormon Prophet Brigham Young
The idea that Mormon Prophets could refuse an black man, woman or child access to Heaven because of racism is my main point.
LDS.org - Race and the Priesthood
Quotes by LDS Leaders
FairMormon - Race