Date: June 12, 2011 03:44PM
I think it is quite ironic that the people and places in the world that the LDS church refused to preach to and open missions because of the color of their skin are now the only places that the church has success in.
Before 1978 the policy of the LDS church was to not only refuse people with African blood the priesthood, but to also AVOID preaching to them. The only mission they had in Africa focused in and around South Africa, which happened to have a large WHITE colonial population of people.
It wasn't until AFTER they gave blacks equality in the church that they started to open missions in Africa and to actively preach to black people.
So it is now quite ironic that the White/Caucasion countries (Europe, Australia, USA, Canada) that the LDS church tried so hard to proselytize are now the worst in conversion and growth and the countries that they avoided for so many years are now the only countries that they have success in.