We were having someone dear to us taught in our home, when the elder looked at them and said …
“You do know that you might want to think twice about the time you spend with your Asian friends, since a darker skin color means that they were less valiant in the pre-existence.”
She completely lost interest. I laid my hand on the elder’s arm and observed that as his skin was darker than mine, and he wasn’t a light blond (he had dark brown hair), he must have meant that he was very valiant …
He’d never looked at his false doctrine that way, as a way to down grade him rather than others, nor was he quite as prepared to talk about the fact that it was a false doctrine.
I’ve met the approach in a number of ways through the years. The funniest was when the group that called themselves “The Children of Ephraim” petitioned the Church for their own ward at BYU. They attributed spiritual virtue to being smarter than anyone else, though they also believed that physical height, large noses (!?) and blond hair marked them as a separate racial group. The brethren were not amused.
I just gently bedeviled those I knew, who were no where near as smart as they thought they were, and obviously not as smart as I was. My wife doesn’t remember it as being as gentle as I thought I was being.
But racial and racist types of doctrines really offend me. My grandfather quit his first church over them, so it just might be in the blood (did I just buy into something like the false doctrines I’m picking at?).
I try to laugh at the times I’ve encountered that sort of thing, but I’d think it was a lot more humorous if the friend had joined the Church later.