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Young responded by mentioning the Curse of Cain and said that a similar hierarchy of power that was put in place on Earth because of the curse would remain in the afterlife. Ball was good friends with William Smith (Joseph Smith's younger brother).Because of his close connection to Smith, he began to engage in polygamy without the approval of the Brigham Young.As church president, Mc Kay taught that black people "need not worry, as those who receive the testimony of the restored gospel may have their family ties protected and other blessings made secure, for in the justice of the Lord they will possess all the blessings to which they are entitled in the eternal plan of Salvation and Exaltation." Brigham Young taught, "When the ordinances are carried out in the temples that will be erected, [children] will be sealed to their [parents], and those who have slept, clear up to Father Adam. until we shall form a perfect chain from Father Adam down to the closing up scene." For men, the priesthood is required for many leadership and church callings and is given to virtually every Mormon male at age 12.For both men and women, a temple endowment is required or encouraged for other callings, such as missionary service.Black people were welcomed as members of the church and as evidence of the lack of official policy, in 1836, two black men were ordained priests: Elijah Abel and Walker Lewis.Before 1847 a handful of other black men were ordained to the priesthood.These ordinances are considered essential to enter the highest degree of heaven, so this meant that black church members could not enjoy the full privileges enjoyed by other Latter Day Saints during the restriction.Latter Day Saints believe that those marriages sealed in Mormon temples can become celestial marriages that bind the family together forever, whereas those marriages that are not sealed are terminated upon death.
He had the same duties as a deacon, but without being given the priesthood.On February 13, 1849, an early statement by Young about the history of the priesthood ban in the LDS Church was made.The statement was given in response to Lorenzo Snow's inquiry about how redemption would come about with regards to black people.Under the racial restrictions that lasted from the presidency of Brigham Young until 1978, persons with any black African ancestry could not hold the priesthood in the LDS Church and could not participate in most temple ordinances, including the endowment and celestial marriage.Black people were permitted to be members of the church, and to participate in some temple ordinances, such as baptism for the dead.