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Would I join a church in which only half of my children could fully participate because of their African lineage? Dick and Marsha Lavin made that tough decision on April 14, 1978. After searching for years, their family, including their two biological children and their two adopted black children, felt right about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, at that time, the church did not allow blacks to hold the priesthood. The Lavins decided to exercise faith, join the Church, and pray for a revelation to change the policy. Dick offered a particularly fervent prayer the morning of June 8, 1978. Later that day, the revelation on priesthood was announced, making all worthy male Church members worldwide, age twelve and older, eligible for priesthood ordination.
Dick and Marsha’s faith in God began when each experienced a profound loss at the age of seven. Marsha was involved in a tragic accident that claimed the life of her thirteen-year-old brother and his best friend. Dick’s mother was institutionalized with a brain disorder; he never saw her again until her deathbed. Marsha and Dick’s faith in God grew throughout their life journey together. They ended up with nine children—seven of them adopted—and an extraordinary story to tell.
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