Rethinking the “skin of blackness”

BYU scientists have discovered how to remove the actual “Skin of Blackness” spoken of in the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 5:21):

Skin texture glow distinguishes Mormons from others

It’s hard to believe it is not satire.  This article reports a study conducted by non-Mormon researcher attempting to understand how those who knew Mormons could distinguish them from non-Mormons based on a photo alone. The study  found that “skin texture was the key indicator and determinant in distinguishing a Mormon from a non-Mormon”.

Because, apparently, this is now hard science, I suggest LDS immediately adopt a new interpretation of 2 Nephi 5:21 where the “skin of blackness” mention merely represents the lack of glow found on non-Mormon skin.

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7 thoughts on “Rethinking the “skin of blackness”

  1. I think the blackness comes immediately when you tattoo your skin, get a third ear piercing, or have regular contact with hops or coffee beans.

  2. “I think the blackness comes immediately when you tattoo your skin, get a third ear piercing, or have regular contact with hops or coffee beans.”

    I am screwed, then. No piercings or tats, but have been known to enjoy a good brew of either sort.

  3. What the hell are you talking about. Since when is “blackness” a texture?

    This study is old news. The researchers wanted to know why people could pick out Mormons even when distinguishing features were blacked out (pun intended). The researchers surmised that people were observers were subconsciously picking up on healthier skin resulting from the lack of drinking/smoking/doing crack in Mormon subjects.

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