Editor's note: Noting the 30th anniversary of the 1978 priesthood revelation, this is the sixth and final story in a series of profiles on black Mormons and their families.
Don and Jerri Harwell could cite their desires to know God, their beliefs in prayer or even the Osmonds as reasons that led them to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, eventually, to each other.
Jerri Harwell related an experience in her book, "Leaning on Prayer: A Story of Faith, Perseverance, and Conversion," about a time in 1976, when she was a freshman at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and a huge fan of the Osmonds.
One evening, she read in TV Guide that the family would be appearing on a show titled "The Family and Other Living Things," produced by the LDS Church. Jerri never missed a chance to watch the Osmonds, so she tuned into the show, only to wait until the very end to see the family perform.
Nothing really impressed her about the show, except the phone number that came up at the end, inviting viewers to call to receive a free brochure explaining principles taught during the program.