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Building Faith Through Church History

Season 6 Episode 3 Black Saints

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The story of early black Latter-day Saints and the Holy Priesthood.

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Elijah Abel, a free black man, was the first black baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo courtesy of Genesis.
Elijah Abel, a free black man, was the first black baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo courtesy of Genesis.

In March of 1836 Elijah Abel was ordained an elder. Then in December 1836, he was ordained a seventy by Zebedee Coltrin. Elijah Abel was black. There have been black Latter-day Saints from the beginning and there has never been a time since at least 1836, when there wasn’t a man of African descent holding the priesthood. This episode of History of the Saints is about those first black saints and the priesthood.

 

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