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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints calls first African American General Authority

Posted at 2:47 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 22:47:09-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called the first African American General Authority in its history Saturday afternoon, church media affairs confirmed.

Elder Peter M. Johnson was called as a General Authority Seventy during the Saturday afternoon session of the church's General Conference.

Johnson was one of 10 new General Authorities called along with 55 Area Seventies and a new Sunday School Presidency called during the session.

Johnson was born in New York City and was previously serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southeast Area.