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A Faithful Band: Moses Mahlangu and the First Soweto Saints

Richard E. Turley, Jr.
Jeffrey G. Cannon

Having found a copy of the Book of Mormon sometime in the 1960s and sought baptism, a small group of black South Africans were denied admission into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until 1980. Contemporary documents show that beyond the Church's long-standing policy restricting ordination and temple worship for persons of black African descent, leaders' fears of running afoul of local laws and practices in apartheid-era South Africa led to the delay. The group waited for more than a decade, showing exemplary faith, humility, and patience.