Articles/Essays – Volume 17, No. 3

Religious Accommodation in the Land of Racial Democracy

1984: Mark Grover, “Religious Accommodation in the Land of Racial Democracy: Mormon Priesthood and Black Brazilians” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 17 No. 3 (1988):23-34.

Brazil, with a high concentration of African heritage, was a difficult place for the Church (because of the Church’s racial policy) to make headway among native members. Due to the high risk of Brazilians potentially having African ancestry, the Church came to the point where they eventually discouraged missionaries in Brazil from baptizing anyone who is known to have African ancestry.