Here are some behind the scene pics from our “Lord, I Pray” music video. (More Pics on our Facebook!) We were inspired by “All Are Alike Unto God” an official statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to put together this piece of music, which we explained in Saturday’s post.
When we first read the statement we talked about what Jane Manning James, Elijah Abel, Green Flake, Samuel and Amanda Chambers and all the other black Mormon pioneers might feel it. In that moment we wished we could read it to them, that we could tell them that the torches they had lit had not fallen, but that their light was moving forward.
We thought of Cathy Stokes, Darius Gray, Eugene Orr, Margret Young and the many others we personally know that have been busy building the Kingdom and blazing trails so that our journeys might be a little smoother. We thought of Ruffin Bridgeforth, Helena Bridgeforth, his first wife who proceeded him in death and Betty Bridgeforth his second wife, known lovingly by many as the Father and Mothers of the LDS Genesis group, and the legacy they left.
We thought of all of the leaders of our faith both past and present; Joseph Smith, Spencer W. Kimball, Hugh B. Brown, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, to name a few, of their prayers for the world, of their commitment to the Gospel and of their faith in the Lord.
We like many have lives marred with trials and tribulations and often it can be hard to to look beyond the pain and find our purpose. However, in that moment during that conversation we realized that we had so much to be grateful for, so many to be grateful to, and that as we were busy pondering our problems, we were failing to count our many blessings. As the Spirit stirred our souls music filled our hearts.
The lyrical verses of “Lord, I Pray” are from a song called “I Pray”, written by Mariah Carey and Kenneth Crouch. We Sistas wrote the rap verses and the music was produced by Flexx. The song has been recorded for sometime now and we didn’t know if, how or when to share it. A few days before June 8th, we were talking with each other and both felt impressed to share the song on June 8, 2012, the anniversary of the Priesthood restoration in the LDS church. In 48 hours with labor, love and help the video was created and shared.
Yesterday on Sistas in Zion Radio! we were blessed to have Eugene Orr and Darius Gray on, (Listen here if you missed it.) they shared some of their stories of being Black and Mormon before 1978. Brother Orr being called “boy” by his bishop and being told that he was a descendant of Cain by his Patriarch and the brothas literally having to unshackle the chains that were trying to keep them from Priesthood Session.
We are blessed to know these brothas personally and to be able to call on them any day or hour that our spirits need to be lifted. We know well their stories and our lives and even if you don’t realize it, your lives have been blessed because of their Church service and duty God. With this legacy of pioneers, trail blazers, Church leaders, friends and family before us we feel like our offering is less than the widow’s mite. Nevertheless an offering we make and the glory we give to God.