On the request of some curious friends, I compiled this group of videos for the review of people who are not familiar with Mormonism.
This is a cartoon produced by The Living Scriptures to help young Mormons understand the way that The Book of Mormon describes the origins of the ancestors of the American Indians.
The character “Nephi” is the father of a people called the “Nephites” and the Osama bin Laden impersonator is his oldest brother, Laman. They are Israelites escaping the Babylonian captivity with their father, Lehi and his cousin Ishmael and their families. God has commanded Nephi to build a boat to sail to the Americas and his lazy brothers have to be coerced into helping.
Laman and the other brother “Lemuel” are the progenitors of a wicked and dark-skinned people called the “Lamanites”, whom the Mormons have taught for years are the ancestors of the modern American Indians, their skins turned dark so that the “white delightsome” Nephites are not tempted to marry their women and raise children in inter-faith families that will surely follow the dark ways of their Lamanite ancestors, which are wicked and fun.
To be fair: some unorthodox Mormons no longer consider this documentary history to be anything more than allegory but exposure of that belief can lead to discipline from the Church, including excommunication.
In this clip, the sons of a Nephite king named Mosiah ask their Prophet-King father for a blessing to teach the wicked “Lamanites”. In it, you see the way that The Book of Mormon teaches about the barabarism of the Lamanites and you see one of the sons of Mosiah named Ammon, a hero of The Book of Mormon, preaching to the dark-skinned King Lamoni who is ultimately god-struck so that he falls for days into a coma, racked with the pangs of guilt and sin.
Though these are supposed to be descendants of Middle Eastern families from 600 BCE, note the color of the Nephites’ eyes. While this is not scriptural, this artistic depiction reflects how even modern Mormons view the story of “white and delightsome” Nephites as practically Aryan.
This is a group of (White) Mormon boys comically re-enacting the way that the “Lamanites” were while they were being righteously slaughtered by the Nephite army known as the “2000 Stripling Warriors”. Note the audience’s reactions as they hear catchphrases that they recognize from The Book of Mormon.
This is a lecture by David P. McCash, a Mormon and Knight Templar, showing that the Nephites, whom The Book of Mormon says were annihilated for becoming as wicked as the Lamanites, have modern descendants tucked away in the mountains of Panama, proving that The Book of Mormon story is accurate.
This is the Church-produced story of Spencer W. Kimball, the Mormon Prophet who gave Black Mormons the Priesthood the same as other Mormons in 1978. There is no mention of this quote by President Kimball evoking the promise of The Book of Mormon that the descendants of wicked Lamanites would be come “white and delightsome” like their vanquished Nephite counterparts.
“I found evidence of waning superstition and of growing faith in the gospel. I saw people who have for centuries been as chaff before the wind settling down to industry and security and permanence—a people who for more than a millennium have been “as a vessel . . . tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her” (Morm. 5:18). I saw them beginning to accept the gospel of Christ.
“I saw them reclaiming their forfeited blessings which the Lord reserved “… for the gentiles who shall possess the land” (Morm. 5:19). I saw acceleration in their progress and the time is at hand when the Lord will “… remember the covenant which he made with Abraham and unto all the house of Israel” (Morm. 5:20). “… and as the Lord liveth he will remember the covenant which he hath made with them. And he knoweth their prayers” (Morm. 8:23-24).
“The work is unfolding, and blinded eyes begin to see, and scattered people begin to gather. I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today as against that of only fifteen years ago. Truly the scales of darkness are falling from their eyes, and they are fast becoming a white and delightsome people (2 Ne. 30:6).”
(Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report October 1960, pp. 32-37″