Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints (Mormon) have been reminded that interracial marriage is generally discouraged in the church.
"For a number of years, President Spencer W. Kimball has counseled young members of the church not to cross racial lines in dating and marrying," according to an article in the Mormon Church News, a weekly section published by the Deseret News here.
The article cited excerpts from Kimball's messages on the topic. They date from 1958 when he addressed teachers at Mormon Church-related Brigham Young University.
At that time he said, "There is one thing I must mention, and that is the interracial marriages. When I said you must teach your young people to overcome prejudices and accept the Indians, I did not mean that you would encourage intermarriage."
Kimball told Indian students at BYU in 1965: "Now, the brethren feel that it is not the wisest thing to cross racial lines in dating and marrying, There is no condemnation. We have had some of our fine young people who have crossed the lines. We hope they will be very happy, but experience of the brethren through a bundred years has proven to us that marriage is a very difficult thing under any circumstances in interrace marriages."
Most recently, Kimball told BYU students in 1976 that we recommend that people marry those who are of the same economic and social and educational background (some of those are not an absolute necessity, by preferred) and above all, the same religious background without question."