|Hagoth the Nephite prepares to embark after taking on fresh water and coconuts (Author's rendition; not actual photo.)|
Knowing, as we do, that Nephites were “white and delightsome” (2 Nephi, 5:21), I’ve always wondered what despicable act or acts these faithful Nephite followers of Hagoth (or their descendants) committed in order for the Lord to curse them with the "dark and loathsome skins" of the Lamanites. Given the fact that all Polynesians inherently have the curse, we can assume one of two things. Either a small group of Hagoth’s followers and/or their descendants committed their heinous transgressions early on and then passed their curse down to the rest of their descendants relatively early in their collective spread across the Pacific; or the many descendants all committed many reprehensible sins across the many islands after the descendants had already spread across the Polynesian Islands. Because so many Polynesians appear to have about the same skin tone, one can probably assume the former to be closer to the truth.
What disgusting act does a believing Christian of Hebrew descent have to perform in order to not only be cursed by the Lord himself, but also cause all of their posterity for dozens of generations to be cursed? Based on my 46 years of experience in the Lord's one true church, I can think of only one thing: causing others to doubt the authority of Lord’s anointed. Perhaps, once outside of the presence of Shiblon and the reigning judges of the day, Hagoth began to take undue authority unto himself and caused the members of his expedition to cease to believe in the authority of Shiblon and the judges. With the expedition party being so out of reach and out of touch of the general authorities of the church, God would surely have had no other recourse but to exercise his own judgement and punishment upon Hagoth and, presumably, his followers.
What can be done to redeem these poor souls from the curse of their forefathers? Joseph Smith gives us the answer: through intermarriage with white men, the posterity of Hagoth may be redeemed. Oh, the tender mercies and mysterious ways of the Lord!
|If you look carefully, you can already see the transformation occurring.|