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Dear Gramps,
Is being black the mark of Cain? We are studying the book of Mormon and this question can up I hope you can help.
Dear Elizabeth,
In Genesis 4, we are told that the Lord cursed Cain for slaying his brother Abel:
11 “And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”
Cain expressed concern that his curse was greater than he could bear and feared for his life, feeling that everyone that found him would slay him.  In response to his concern, the Lord stated:
15 “… Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”  The mark that the Lord placed on him was a dark skin.  We are told this in Moses 7:  22 “And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them”
Ham, the son of Noah, married Egyptus who was a descendant of Cain.  It was through this lineage that the mark or dark skin was continued.  Elder Bruce R. McConkie in his book, Mormon Doctrine, indicates:  “Ham was cursed, apparently for marrying into the forbidden lineage..”  In Genesis 9, the story is told of Ham who sees his father’s nakeness.  When Noah awakens, knowing what Ham had done states: “… Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.”  Canaan was the son of Ham and Egyptus.
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