There have been countless black bishops, cardinals, priests, and deacons in the
2,000+ year history of the Christian Church. It has always been a worldwide
church so this diversity is not surprising.
NoNamesAccepted. Full time clergy in the early Christian Church.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
@Gildas: "...we have such professions represented (probably the wrong word)
in the general authorities today?"Probably not. Even 100 years
ago, J. Golden Kimball said he often felt out of place as a "mule
skinner" among so many bankers, businessmen, and other professionals.Why is this the case? I posit two reasons.1-The proportion
of our population engaged in agricultural activities is dramatically lower than
it was in the 19th century. in 1850, almost 70% of the US's population
lived on farms. Today, fewer than 2% do. I expect a similar drop would be seen
in fishing, ranching, and artisan work like wood working. Simple odds
decrease.2-Without formal seminaries to train clergy, General
Authorities within The restored Church of Jesus Christ get "on the job
training" as they serve as Bishops, Stake Presidents, Mission Presidents,
etc. These positions require a lot of time that those working 60+ hours a week
to earn a living may not have available for church service.We may
see more tradesmen in high church service as the churc expands in Africa and
Hbeckett” What is the big furor about where he is from our prophet choose
him after revelation from our Savior.”True,“Therefore go
and make disciples of all nations(G. Ethnos)baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost(Mt 28:19) .(Acts 13:1)
”.. prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called
(black G3526) and Lucius of Cyrene
what is the btg furor about where he is from our prophet choose him after
revelation from our Savior who happens to be in charge and control of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints which happens to bear his Name
To be really sure you would have to check the US immigration status of Martins,
Dube and Sitati as at least some general Authority Seventies seem to find
themselves headquartered in the US at least part of the time. (If being born in
(South) America doesn’t in itself make one “American”).
Good to also remember that Elder Elijah Abel was a member for the 3rd Quorum of
Seventy in the 1840's. According to Margaret Young, "Elijah
Abel, early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS),
was born on July 25, 1810 in Washington County, Maryland to Andrew and Delilah
Abel, likely in bondage. There is some evidence that he used the Underground
Railroad to escape slavery. He eventually found his way to the first settlement
of the Latter-day Saints: Kirtland, Ohio. Church records indicate that he joined
the Church. On March 3, 1836, he was ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood,
and was subsequently ordained (April 4, 1841) into the Quorum of the Seventy,
the first person of African ancestry to join that group. This was a missionary
designation and signified some power within the Church."
For a Church started by a carpenter from a poor town, and restored by a poor
farm boy, who received his authority via three fishermen, I sometimes wonder if
we have such professions represented (probably the wrong word) in the general
authorities today? All answers and / or explanations welcomed. Maybe it's
all corporations and institutions these days. This is an honest inquiry and not
meant to be a criticism.
Elder Johnson was the presiding authority at our stake conference a couple of
weeks ago, and he taught us powerfully and with the Spirit.
@ldsmama - Elder Sitati is from Kenya and Elder Dube is from Zimbabwe.
ldsmamma:"First? What about Elders Sitati and Dube?"They are from Kenya and Zimbabwe, respectively.Just re-read
the headline if the article is too long.
ldsmama,The clarification was "first African-American"
general authority. Elders Sitati and Dube are from Kenye and Zimbabwe,
respectively, not the United States.
LDSMama,He is from the United State. He is an African-American
saint. Elder Sitati and Dube are African saints. Proudly, I am happy to have
lived in the same stake in Harare, Zimbabwe with Elder Dube and his family.To be fair, I asked that same question before I put a little thought to
it and understood, and I lived in Africa for 5 years!
Nice article about him & his daughters. Is he married & if so what are
His sports history is nice ... but I'd be much more interested in reading
about his spiritual development, church position held, etc. As inspiring as his
sports history may be, I'd suggest his spiritual history would be decidedly
I taught him at SUU in the early 1990s. He was always a special spirit, very
popular and driven. I'm not surprised that he has gone this far.
@ldsmamaElders Sitati and Dube are African, not African American.
ldsmama. I suspect you did what I did and misunderstood. He is the first
African American General Authority not the first General Authority of African
descent. Easy to misunderstand.
In response to "ldsmamma"s question.Elders Joseph Sitati
from Kenya and Edward Dube of Zimbabwe are of Black African ancestry, but being
from the continent of Africa are not African American. Not mentioned was Elder
HelvÉcio Martins, the first General Authority of Black African ancestry,
but he was from Brazil and therefore also not African American. Elder Peter
Johnson is from America and is also of Black African Ancestry and therefore
properly referred to as the first African American General Authority.
I was about to echo / second ldsmama's comment....but then I realized
Elders Sitate and Dube are African. Elder Johnson must be from the USA with
African ancestry - which I presume on closer inspection is the point of this
article.Elder Sitate came to our stake's conference back in
2011 - a wonderful man. When he spoke the time just flew by and we didn't
want him to stop at either of the general sessions. Thank heaven for people
They left out that he also played for Dixie for two years. He was a stand out
guy, always something special about him on and off the court.
It should be noted that there have been black Seventies for almost 30 years now.
The first one, if I recall correctly, was Helvecio Martins from Brazil.
Let us hope he is the first of many. Fortunately, the Lord Jesus Christ is the
Living Head of His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Fortunately, President Russell Marion Nelson is His Living Prophet upon the
earth at this time. Fortunately, the Holy Ghost is the Third Member of the
God-head. I believe I have made my observation clear enough.Elders
Sitati and Dube are, in the true sense of the word, African. Conversely, Elder
Johnson is, in the true sense of the word, American.
I believe he is not the first black GA but the first who is an American.
There have been other General Authorities of African descent who lived in Brazil
at the time of their call. But this article is referring to the fact that he is
the first General Authority of African descent who was born and raised in the
Elder Johnson is a great man! I was a student in his accounting class at BYU and
he was one of my favorite professors.
@LDS MamaI made the same mistake. The two you mention are not
African-AMERICAN. Elder Johnson was born in the United States.Elders Dube and Sitati were born in Africa.
Elders Sitati and Dube are African (from Kenya and Zimbabwe). Elder Johnson is
from New York, making him the first AMERICAN general authority of African
descent. This is an exciting development!
@ldsmamaElder Sitati and Elder Dube are not from the United States.
Elder Sitati is from Kenya and Elder Dube is from Zimbabwe. The late Helvecio
Martins, the first black general authority, was from Brazil. Elder
Johnson was born and raised in the U.S. That is the difference here. I hope this helps answer your question.
@ldsmamma.... I believe that Elders Sitati and Dube are both African born...
versus "African-AMERICAN".... therefore the distinction.
@ldsmama Elders Sitati and Dube are African while Elder Johnson is
African-American, from Alabama.
Elders Sitati and Dube are Africans and not African American.
First? What about Elders Sitati and Dube?