45 years ago today - Jun 25, 1978

Marcus Helvecio Martins and his father receive the priesthood and are ordained elders in Brazil. The son receives an unsolicited missionary calling from the First Presidency. Although he and his fiancée have already mailed invitations for their upcoming marriage, they cancel the wedding, and in August, Marcus H. Martins becomes the first full-time missionary of black African descent. His father becomes a general authority in 1990.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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