A Reflection from an African Convert on Official Declaration 2
Growing up in South Africa, Khumbulani Mdletshe suffered under apartheid. He was interested in religion and was converted by LDS missionaries in 1980. He did not learn about the ban against blacks holding the priesthood until his mission to London in 1985. He explains his shock at finding out the history of the ban while knocking on doors one day and his dismay at the explanation his companion gave. He decided he could not represent a racist church and went to tell his mission president that he was leaving. The president explained that he did not know the reason for the ban, and somehow the Spirit persuaded Elder Mdletshe to stay.
The essay continues with Brother Mdletshe's story of marriage, employment, and Church service, describing his struggles with the history of the ban being resolved by a short but momentous meeting with President Monson.