I would like to know about interracial marriages. It can be confusing on the different views people take. Are they acceptable? Are they not?
John, from Kansas City, Kansas
The Brethren have discouraged interracial marriages. I would expect that the principal reason would be that the greater the differences in background and culture, the less would be the probability of success in the marriage relationship, as is indicated by the remarks of President Spencer W. Kimball, below. President Kimball speaks about interracial marriages in the context of the American Indian, and Elder Bruce R. McConkie refers to interracial marriages with those of African descent. Although the examples are given in the context of specific races, there is no doubt that the counsel given applies to any two races with different cultures.