Black Mormon Legacy


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.

Your Sistas in the Gospel,
Sista Beehive & Sista Laurel
  • Holla_back123

    Love it! Gotta love the Sistas with SOUL!

  • Thanks for the love our fellow SOUL SAINT!!

  • Babymakingmachine

    LOVE!!! Y’all seriously rock and have some talent! See y’all on CNN soon!

  • Sue

    I have so much respect and admiration for black members of the church who remained faithful in the face of such pain. I might well have gotten caught up in bitterness at the deprived blessings because the injustice of it all would have festered in me and been so hard to swallow.  They really must have been close to the spirit to just keep moving forward and holding on to hope that one day all would be made right.

    And what a joyful day that was.

  • ji

    I watched the video the other day — thanks!  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is wonderful…

  • Thanks for the support! The Gospel truly is amazing!

  • We have so much respect for them too, we are forever grateful for their examples of enduring faith.

  • Thanks girl! You’ll be the one CNN…lol, remember to take us with you though!

  • Niklas

    One indication of how successful you are with the song and video is that if you google “lord i pray – black mormon legacy” you will see among top results searches from People would want to buy your song.
    I totally understand why, the song is awesome.

  • We haven’t put the song up on itunes or anything like that yet, but that would be cool! Thanks for the info.

  • 1844 lvr

     Just out of curiosity, if the original exclusionary policy was a revelation from God, are black Mormons who passed away before the second revelation (abrogating the first) still condemned to a lesser heaven?

  • 1844 lvr

     Also, what did black people do in the late ’70s to finally deserve a change in policy?

  • CCC

     I know it’s a long time since you posted.  Maybe you’ll check for an answer again…
    1 – Black people have never been condemned to a lesser heaven.  ALL God’s children have equal access to the blessing of exaltation (highest levels of heaven) based upon their personal righteousness.
    2 – Please note that this is my personal opinion only, however this is what I think changed.
    Prior to the late 70’s, there was such extreme racism in the world, that if black people were being actively sought and baptized, I believe that the Church would have struggled to survive.  There needed to strength in numbers – literally.
    I think it’s possible that the delay was to allow the World to change IT’s attitude about equality. When the world became more tolerant, black people gained greater rights. That allowed active proselyting to occur without the likelihood of violence against blacks AND the Church.