Elijah Able and Jane Manning James stories are far more complicated and messy
and need to be taken in context with Brigham's dictates. Why not include
the JoD Vol10 page 110? If the only information in context is the
faith-affirming part... it's not a great peek into history.
One afternoon early in June 1978, as I was just arriving at the MTC for my
afternoon class session, I ran into a missionary buddy who was just finishing
his morning class session. He said, "Well, revelation is alive and well in
the Church." I didn't know what he was talking about, so he told me of
the announcement President Kimball had made. I was beyond thrilled, and the
excitement in the MTC was palpable. I am so grateful that I was able to
experience this momentous piece of Church history! My wife and I experienced
the fruits of the revelation on the priesthood when we attended the Arvada
Colorado Stake Conference last Sunday. The presiding authority was Elder Edward
Dube, a General Authority Seventy and native of Zimbabwe, Africa. What a
special experience that was, particularly with the 40th anniversary of the
revelation on the priesthood just around the corner. The night of that
announcement in 1978, I found a private place in my basement apartment and asked
Heavenly Father to give me my own witness that this revelation had come from
God. That confirmation was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences I
have ever had in my nearly 63 years of living.
@Cinci Man. The incredible contribution made by black Christians.The Gospel in Africa had, great early scholars like(African Bishop) Augustine.
His mother, St Monica was a Berber, someone who is from North Africa. So, St.
Monica would certainly not have white skin. Augustine was a major influence, on
the Reformation theologians, they have the African church to thank for a great
deal of their theology." Tertullian( A.D. 170-215) brown North
African not Black sub-Saharan Africans. If these men had been Americans they
would have been classified as Black." Athanasius,(A.D.
296-373)This black African was one of the most important people in the history
of Christianity. i.e..,“Therefore go and make disciples of all
nations(G. Ethnos/ethnicities/black or white)baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit(Mt 28:19)(Acts 13:1
KJV)”.. prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called
(black G3526) and Lucius of Cyrene
In 1978, I was serving on my 2-year mission in Alexandria, Louisiana of the
Louisiana-Baton Rouge Mission when the revelation on the Priesthood came. We
missionaries were deliriously happy. We thought Heaven had kissed the earth and
ended a nightmare. We had been teaching blacks already—they were so
teachable, knowledgeable of the Bible, and just plain delightful. We loved
them. And we felt like we were in the middle of history.
I served in Colombia in 1973 and I can attest to the incredible contribution
made by black members there. The 17 branches of 1973 are now 18 stakes and
those members from 1973 are seeds of the great work that sprang up there. I
honor my friends in Colombia!