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Mormons update teachings

In March, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revised its book of Doctrine and Covenants for 2013 to change references to its position on polygamy and its ban until 1978 on ordaining people of African descent. In an interview with National Public Radio, Mormon scholar Terryl Givens said church founder Joseph Smith ordained people of African descent, but his successor, Brigham Young, instituted the ban. The Doctrine and Covenants introduction also states that “monogamy is God’s standard for marriage unless he declares otherwise.” Mormon scriptures consist of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price.


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