Genesis, an organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was established on October 19, 1971. It developed from meetings between Church leaders and Black converts in the Salt Lake Valley, many of whom were descendants of early pioneers, and some who were less active in the Church of Jesus Christ.
The mission of Genesis is to support members of the Church of Jesus Christ who are of African descent, to engage all Church members in dialogue, and to recognize the contributions of all Saints, regardless of race, ethnicity, and background.
Special care was taken to ensure that Genesis not be seen as an attempt to segregate the races. In this sense, Genesis functions like other ethnic units and congregations of the Church, like a Lao or Chinese branch, a Spanish Ward, and so forth. This provides a safety net for people of different backgrounds and cultures while they adapt to their Church home and to one another.
创世纪意识到在教会内对于种族单位具有不同的看法,但确信教会活动、保留以及尊重各种文化的实际好处对于教会的使命来说是必不可少的,即当我们来到基督面前时找到喜乐。创世纪继续在圣职的领导下服务。创世纪团体全教会的会长团包括 贾马尔·威利斯(Jamal Willis)，戴维斯·斯托瓦(Davis Stovall)和约瑟夫·卡鲁巴(Joseph Kaluba)。
The San Francisco Bay Area Genesis Group is led by Michael King and counselors Thomas Cain and Nathaniel Whitfield. They report to Stake and Area Authorities. We look for opportunities to share our experiences and history and talk with congregations and unit organizations, community and clergy leaders, and people of goodwill everywhere.