Despite woes, Detroit Mormons still serving others

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  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 6, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 6, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 6, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    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.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 5, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    Christ takes the slum out of people and then people take themselves out of the slum. President Benson.

  • Gramajane OAKLEY, ID
    March 4, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    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. :)

  • holly56 LOVELAND, CO
    March 3, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    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 bless them.

  • wstebar Atlanta, Fayetteville, GA
    March 3, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    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.

  • MontanaMom Havre, MT
    March 3, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    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!

  • hc1951 Bend, OR
    March 3, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven"

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    March 3, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    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.


  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    March 2, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    There are a lot of lessons the rest of us "white" LDS can learn from these folks.