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Meet a Black Latter-day Saint: Sandile Makasi
At first I had reservations about the BLDS group. I know at times forming race groups has the potential to be divisive in any organization. All my fears were proven wrong.
Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.
The above quote that Brother Makasi posted for the entire world to see and associate with his face and name on Facebook may have originated with Victor Frankl, an accomplished Neurologist and Psychiatrist; but shows the character of Sandile Makasi. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and member of the Facebook group Black Latter Day Saints.
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Sandile is a native son of the Republic of South Africa, a nation with rich history and great diversity.
He was reared in Cape Town, one of the most lovely tourist cities in all of the world. One of the unifying factors of this great nation is one of its former presidents and spiritual icons Nelson Mandela.
After the Apartheid madness, Mandela called for forgiveness and peace among the Black ethnicities in the republic.
The people, out of respect to him moved forward as a nation giving way for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to expand in that once divided land.
Sandile Speaks About the Church
"The thing that impressed me the most," Sandile reveals, "was knowing that I am a son of God and He loves me, which thing I never supposed before. For the first time in my life, I began to have purpose and a place where I belonged."
The gospel of Jesus Christ tends to have that affect on people. It introduces those who accept it to a version of themselves that otherwise they would never know. With his sense of freedom and national heritage, Sandile has a connection to the freedom the gospel offers when living its principals to the fullest.
Sandile and His Bride Nicole
Sandile shares his faith and testimony
I met the missionaries September 2000 while they were teaching my friend's dad. They asked to set an appointment with me, which I accepted and started teaching me the gospel. The missionaries were kind and they genuinely cared about me. Before learning from them, I had never been a believer or an active member of any denomination but the message of the restoration and plan of salvation felt right and I knew it was true.
I was eventually baptized April 2001 when I was 17 years old. I was the only one who joined the church in my family, though I had my mother's support in doing so.
Joining the church was very simple and easy for me and there were no doctrines that I had trouble applying. After joining the church, I spent a lot of time with the missionaries, working with and helping them teach. I also referred my friends to the missionaries and started teaching them as well. Teaching the gospel further strengthened my testimony of it and I knew from then I wanted to serve a mission.
I did enjoy support from my mom, however when I told her I wanted to serve a mission she said no. After finishing high school I went to college, which was not part of my short-term goals, but I still believed I could serve a mission. So, I continued preparing. I fasted and prayed for the Lord to softened my mom's heart. I continued praying the whole year until she agreed I could serve.
I then submitted my mission papers. I got an opportunity to serve a full-time mission between 2004-2006 in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission.
Years after I returned, I was sealed to my lovely wife Nicole at the Johannesburg Temple in December 2011. Our marriage has brought so much joy and so many blessings to my wife, me, and our families. We have a daughter who has been a wonderful gift and addition to our family.
Johannesburg South Africa Temple
Is it a good idea to have groups related to race when dealing with religion? Why in the comments please.
I am part of the BLDS page because the articles inspire me and despite us living continents apart we form a great community of saints with one voice and master
Why I like the BLDS page: At first I had reservations about the BLDS group. I know at times forming race groups has the potential to be divisive in any organization. All my fears were proven wrong.
I love being part of the BLDS group, it seeks to unite members throughout the world, inspire, share ideas and lead them to Christ. I have loved reading inspirational stories. I also like the fact that there are updates on the growth of the church throughout the world.
Sandile is one of thousands of members on BLDS on Facebook. He and his family are lights of hope in a world of darkness and he chooses to share his faith by lending his testimony through his Facebook Page membership in addition to his service to his community and church. Let Sandile Makasi give the finale:
I know the church is true for it is the kingdom of God in the latter days. I am so privileged to be part of this latter day work. Jesus lives and He is our Saviour. As His followers we need each other.
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