The Genesis Group was established in October 1971 by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a dependent branch to serve the needs of African-American Latter-day Saints. Following the priesthood revelation, or Official Declaration #2, in June 1978, The Genesis Group continues to host meetings on the first Sunday of every month, and other activities, to support and edify all Latter-day Saints, their families and friends, and individuals interested in the LDS Church. The Genesis Group also provides assistance to mission presidents, stake presidents, and bishops. Elder David Warner, a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, currently oversees The Genesis Group.
A member of the original Genesis Group Presidency and former President of Genesis, Darius Gray, writes: “Genesis was, and is, a unique unit of the Church. We are like no other Church organization but our existence was brought into being by the direct actions of the First Presidency and The Quorum of the Twelve. We are not an auxiliary like the Relief Society but we are more than a 'fireside' while less than a ward. What fireside has a presidency set apart to a specific purpose? What fireside has its own auxiliaries? . . . Genesis is by design not like any other unit of the Church but there is beauty in that special calling. There is also responsibility. We exist and serve at the pleasure of the leadership of the Lord's Church. Our purpose is the Lord's purpose - we help to bring souls to the Restored Gospel.”
The current Genesis Group Presidency includes Don Harwell, President; Eddie Gist, 1st Counselor; and Wain Myers, 2nd Counselor. The Genesis Group meeting is held every first Sunday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at 6710 South 1300 East in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, USA. Although the meeting does not begin until 7:00, members arrive early to hear the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir (formerly the LDS Genesis Group Gospel Choir) perform at 6:40 p.m.
Regular activities include the annual summer picnic, usually held the first Saturday in June, with 300+ in attendance from all over the United States and Canada. On the first Saturday in December is the annual Christmas potluck dinner. March brings the Brothers Breakfast and September the Sisters Breakfast. Other annual activities are held for Primary and the youth.
All are invited to attend, so come join us.
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