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Mormons were persecuted in their early days because they did not believe in slavery or in owning slaves; this was one of the main points that "compelled" their enemies to mob the Mormons out of their cities. I guess if they hated the blacks so much they would have been in agreement with their slave-owning neighbors who thought they were not criminal enough and pro-slavery enough. Joseph Smith helped some blacks by letting them board with him and he also ordained blacks to the priesthood. Speaking of fallabilities of past prophets, one only has to go to the scriptures -- for example, the Bible -- to find imperfect but holy prophets. But Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith.
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