Reason for Negroes


Excerpt from a March 18, 1962 address by LDS Apostle Alvin R. Dyer: 1

“I suppose, and you may often have heard missionaries say it, or have asked the question: “Why is a Negro a Negro?” And you have heard this answer: “They were neither hot nor cold, so the Lord made them Negroes.” This of course, is not true. The reason that spirits are born into Negro bodies is that those spirits rejected the Priesthood of God in the pre-existence. This is the reason why you have Negroes upon the earth.”


1 For What Purpose, Alvin Dyer, March 18, 1962, Oslo Mission Conference –