This question is a bit related to this other question, which is asking about the curse of Cain.
One of the answers in this other question refers to the "Book of Moses" (part of Book of Mormon), chapter 7, verse 22 which states:
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.
I can also see that the same chapter in "Book of Moses", verse 8, says about Canaanites:
For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people.
And in 2 Nephi chapter 5, verse 21 it says:
And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.
Based on these statements, I wanted to ask:
- Is it a belief of the Mormon church that a curse from God is the initial origin of all dark skin among humankind today?
- Did God choose black skin in order to make the cursed people unappealing (as it seems to say in 2 Nephi 5:21)?