Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Council of Fifty, their Agenda

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The Council of Fifty (at the time of the Prophet Joseph Smith) was most concerned with what?
a.                  Eternal affairs
b.                  Temporary religious affairs
c.                   Priesthood affairs
d.                  Secular affairs
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)               People of European descent
The first Latter-day Saint missionaries sent to South Africa stepped ashore at Cape Town on April 19, 1853. Although their proselytizing was limited mostly to those of European ancestry, mission president Jesse Haven noted in his journal that at least two women of African ancestry joined the Church in 1853. No Latter-day Saint missionaries were sent to strengthen South Africa’s fledgling branches between 1865 and 1903, but by 1908 missionaries were reporting that a sizable population of South Africans with black African ancestry had “embraced the Gospel.”

Richard E. Turley Jr. and Jeffrey G. Cannon, “A Faithful Band, Moses Mahlangu and the First Sweto Saints,” BYU Studies, Vol. 55, No. 1, 11.

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