Joseph Smith Jr. and Family
SLAVERY - GOD'S WILL
All Mormons generally believe that their Prophet, Joseph Smith, was strenuously opposed to slavery. However, on the pages of the old Mormon paper, The Messenger and Advocate, of April, 1836, may be found an article contributed by him expressly advocating it. He believed in it as representing the will of Jehovah concerning the black man. We quote from this article:
. . . It is my privilege then to name certain passages from the Bible, and examine the teachings of the Ancients upon the matter, as the fact is inconvertible, that the first mention we have of slavery, is found in the Holy Bible, pronounced by a man who was perfect in his generation, and walked with God.
And so far from that prediction being averse from the mind of God, it remains as a lasting monument to the decree of Jehovah, to the shame and confusion of all who have cried out against the South, in consequence of their holding the sons of Ham in servitude! "And he said, Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant."
. . . The curse is not yet taken off from the sons of Canaan
. . . those who are determined to pursue a course, which shows an opposition, and a feverish restlessness against the designs of the Lord, will learn when perhaps too late, for their own good, that God can do His own work, without the aid of those who are not directed by His Counsel.
The Scripture stands for itself; and I believe that these men were better qualified to teach the will of God, than all the Abolitionists in the world." 
His attitude is further set forth in the following:
FOOTNOTES:  Quoted in Millennial Star, Vol. 15, PP. 739-741,  "Church History," (R), 2:58.  The Elders' Journal, July, 1838. La Rue, William Earl, The Foundations of Mormonism, Fleming H. Revell, 1919, pages 26 - 28.
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