45 years ago today - Nov 21, 1978

The frist official LDS baptisms in Nigeria. LDS missionaries baptize less than 10 percent of the previously self-converted Mormon Nigerians from the 1960s. Prior to 1978, mosot former converts became tired of waiting for official recognition or abandoned the LDS church due to its priesthood rerstriction against those of black African "blood." Many joined the RLDS church which allowed the ordination of blacks and temporarily baptizes Third World polygamists. Now that LDS proselyting has begun, still other self-converted Nigerians refuse to abandon polygamy as the price for LDS baptism or ordination. Since polygamy is legal according to "the laws of the land" in Africa, Nigerian polygamists are in compliance with the 1890 Manifesto.

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

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