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Most of you know that I"m very interested in Church history. I spend a few hours a day studying, researching and writing about a few topics, one of particular interest to me from a historical context and perhaps also through an inexplicable bond towards early LDS African Americans, is the Priesthood restriction.

Many people ask me why I keep researching and writing and collecting data about something that happened hundreds of years ago, why I keep researching about Elijah Abel or Jane Elizabeth Manning James or Joseph T. Ball. It seems hard for some to understand why someone who is not African American seem so interested in keeping the memory of these courageous and faithful LDS members alive.

This past week, a lot of these questions were answered. As you all know, the Church took the time recently to release a statement with regards to the Priesthood restriction: