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The Genesis Group celebrates 50th anniversary

Oct 24, 2021, 3:27 PM
Photo Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints...
Photo Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Genesis Group on Saturday night.

The Genesis Group was established under the direction of the First Presidency in October 1971 and served as a dependent branch of the Church. Three apostles were tasked to oversee its creation, Elders Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, and Boyd K. Packer.

The group was created after a request from three Black Latter-day Saints, Ruffin Bridgeforth, Darius Gray, and Eugene Orr, to better serve the needs of African American Latter-day Saints in Utah.

“[The Genesis Group has] helped others look forward in faith to a day when the people of the Lord truly will be of one heart and one mind.” —President Ballard

Saturday evening’s program featured remarks from many leaders including, President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Genesis Group President Davis Stovall, Church Historian, and Recorder Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr.

The Genesis Group hosts meetings on the first Sunday of every month.

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