Latter-day Saint Life

Elder Sitati Addresses Priesthood Ban and African Saints


Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at the “Black, White and Mormon” conference Friday, October 9, 2015, at the University of Utah on the topic of “Race and the International Church.” Elder Sitati, who is from Kenya, addressed self-reliance, race and the growth of the Church in Africa.

In referencing the Race and the Priesthood gospel topic pages found on, he stressed, “The doctrine of the Church confirms that people of all backgrounds living or who have ever lived on the earth are children of God and are equal before Him. None will be denied their blessings.”

He continued, “Most active adult African Saints who have joined the Church since [the revelation on priesthood for all male members] know that this is a reality of the past, and have found individual answers in the restored gospel of the plan of happiness that give them understanding and peace regarding the unfolding events of the gathering of the Saints in these last days. Those who have found answers choose to look forward to the future with faith and assurance that all things are before the Eternal Father, that His justice is to all men and that His redeeming love and mercy are extended to all who turn to Him with full purpose of heart.”  

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