Future of Mormonism
The Colorful LDS Future
Indeed, we predict that in twenty years, General Conference will still include the standard pioneer stories we're accustomed to, but will be heavily peppered with stories from other nations, and from Africa in particular. The calling of Elder Sitati (from Kenya) to the First Quorum of the Seventy is significant, and will surely be followed by many more callings of Africans to serve not just in Africa, but in other areas of the world, including Salt Lake City.
We hope all things; we believe all things. We have seen the strength of so many Saints of color and know that their future, and ours, is being made better than our mutual past. As we become one in Christ, all of our histories and voices will participate in our legacy. Empowered and enlivened by divine harmony, we will all sing the song of redeeming love together.
That is our vision of the future.
Darius Gray was a counselor in the presidency of the LDS Church's Genesis Group when it was formed in 1971 and served as its president from 1997 to 2003. Gray was also the director of the Freedmens Bank Records project for the church's Family History Department. He is a speaker on African-American genealogy, blacks in the Bible and blacks in the LDS Church.
Margaret Young is an author, filmmaker, and writing instructor affiliated with Brigham Young University.
Young and Gray have previously collaborated on a trilogy of award-winning books about African American Latter-day Saints called Standing on the Promises, and the documentary Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons.