President Davies is inaccurate in calling the Detroit River Branch "Spanis
speaking". I know since my brother was in the branch preisdency. It is a
bilingual branch, where they hold services in English and Spanish and translate
sacrament for those who do not know both to one or the other.Only
80% African American is low for the area of the Grand River Branch, the
population within the branch boundaries is probably at least 95% African
American. I am not exagerating.Brother Knox was the first president
of the Grand River Branch when it was formed in 1995. He served another term
during the first decade of this century.
I would hope that people would move beyond the binary racial project. The first
president of the New Center Branch, which was later merged with the Detroit
River Branch to have more members to strengthen eachother, was a man of European
descent whose wife is African American. The first bishop of the Palmer Park
ward may be called "white" but actually has East Indian ancestors (one
of whom joined the Church in the 19th century) and the last bishop of the
Detroit Ward before it was disolved into several branches to make it easier for
those without cars to attend Church was Cherokee. The first bishop of the
Detroit Ward when it was formed in 1991 was an African American man who had been
a member of the Church since before 1978.To return to my point on
"Grand River Area", a true Detroiter will always say "Grand River
and x" with the X being some other street. Besides the 3
branches and one ward that meet in Detroit, there are 4 other wards that have
parts of the city proper in their boundaries.
I have to point out that no true Detroiter would ever say they live in "the
Grand River area" as is said of Danita Rouzer in this article. I am
guessing she is a member of the Grand River Branch, which includes part of Grand
River Avenue (as does the Detroit River Branch, and in along the furthest west
portions of Grand River Avenue within Detroit City limits it forms the boundary
between the Southfield Ward in the Bloomfield Hills Stake (where George W.
Romney, Mitt's father, was Stake Patriarch at the time of his death) and the
Livonia ward of the Westland Stake. the Grand River and Detroit River Branches
are also in the Westland Stake. The Belle Isle Branch and Palmer Park Ward both
meet at chapels in Detoit. The Belle Isle Branch and the Detroit River Branch
meet in chapels dedicated in June of 2007 shortly after they were built by the
Church. The Palmer Park Ward meets in a chapel that was previously a Greek
Orthodox Church and was dedicated in 1992 as an LDS Chapel.
Christ takes the slum out of people and then people take themselves out of the
slum. President Benson.
Wow! Such awesome Sister Saints. God bless them all! It is Fast Sunday today but
I'm sick with bronchitis yet I feel like I just experienced a testimony meeting
from reading this article. :)
I would be most humbled and honored to know these women personally. What
wonderful examples they are to me with their faith. May the Lord continue to
I loved this article! As a Detroit native, I love to hear about the
strength and courage of Detroit mothers, grandmothers, and their rising
generation of stripling warriors.When I read about Abish in the Book of
Mormon, I think of women like these. Their influence reaches farther and broader
than they know. And hooray for Detroit missionaries who love to roll up
their sleeves and go to work! That sounds like a mission seeing miracles, to me.
What a wonderful and inspiring story. All over the world such things are
happening. As the spirit of the church continues to grow, small mustard seeds of
faith will bloom in to ward and stakes. What sweet ladies!
"Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven"
I visted that branch. Or one nearby. There was a such a warm feeling with the
people and the meeting. They are good people. One sister stood up and bore her
testimony and said that they saw a backyard of a house next to their apartment
building that was full of bags of garbage. She called the city and had them
bring a dumpster and then her and her kids cleaned out the backyard.They made it into a garden.Saints.
There are a lot of lessons the rest of us "white" LDS can learn from