SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Because LDS belief in prophets, angels and healing fits so naturally within the context of traditional African faith and practice, it seems logical that the LDS Church would spread rapidly throughout Africa.

But a lack of accommodation to native African spiritual practices has severely limited LDS conversion there, a religion scholar told members of the Mormon History Association on Saturday.

Philip Jenkins, a professor of humanities in the department of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints deals with "something of a paradox" in Africa.

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