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Genesis group celebrates 50 years of unity and faith

By Genelle Pugmire - | Oct 19, 2021

Darius Grey one of the founders of Genesis great friends at a 2018 Black LDS conference in Washington D. C. (Courtesy Intellectual Reserve)

In 1971, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized the Genesis Group to support Black Latter-day Saints, their families and friends. Fifty years later it’s time to celebrate.

Genesis has adjusted over the years into a number of formats. At one time is was a dependent branch (ward) of the church. Now it serves as a multi-stake activities group.

The group meets under the direction of Elder Clark Gilbert as the assigned liaison from the Seventy with host stake president, President John R. Taylor of the Draper Utah Mountain Point Stake.

On Saturday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Genesis Group with a special devotional that includes musical performances and speeches from founders and current leadership from Genesis.

The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Prelude music by the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir will begin at 5:30 p.m. From 6-7:30 p.m., speakers and music performances will continue the celebration devotional.

Genesis operates as a multi-stake activities group in the Utah area to encourage Black Latter-day Saints, their families, friends and others in building their faith in Jesus Christ, fostering unity and strengthening their membership. It hosts meetings on the first Sunday of every month along with a host of other activities.

The Genesis Group devotional is held every first Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m. at 275 E. 10600 South in the Sandy Utah Crescent South Stake Center. Although the meeting does not begin until 6 p.m., members arrive early to hear the Unity Gospel Choir International perform at 5:30 p.m.

Face masks are requested at the Saturday celebration where social distancing is not possible.

The event will also be streamed on the Genesis Group Facebook page and the Church broadcast page at http://churchofjesuschrist.org/broadcasts/languages/genesis-50th-anniversary-devotional/2021/10.

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