Marvin Perkins, The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR), 2005.
MJM Entertainment Group recording artist, Marvin Perkins, tackles the difficult issues faced by black members or investigators when they hear of early LDS attitudes towards blacks and the pre-1978 denial of the priesthood. Marvin's presentation pulls no punches as he examines seemingly racist statements made by early LDS leaders. He shows, however, that such statements are not only indicative of the context and times when the statements were made, but also that modern scriptures do not reflect the racist attitudes so prevalent among virtually all Americans in the nineteenth century. Perkins argues that while Latter-day Saints were gaining understanding line upon line, the Word of God already gave instruction for the equality of the Children of God -- something that would be recognized as the Church matured.
With his trademark of soothing, powerful, and expressive vocals, Marvin Perkins is a 16-year convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He came to the Church after searching every religion he could find, for over 5 years, for what he called "the real church." Born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY, just 90 miles west of Palmyra, he had never heard of the Church or Mormons. When one of his business associates wanted to come out to see him perform, this desire set off the missionary experience that would lead to his baptism into the Church 3 months later.
Marvin, an MJM Records recording artist, has been singing professionally for over 18 years. He started as a studio vocalist backing up other artists, and doing small showcases in Los Angeles. In 1996 he launched his debut album "I'm So Glad." After many concerts, firesides, and conferences sharing the Gospel, he slowed down long enough to put together his second musical project in October 1997 entitled "Hymns to Him".
Marvin was recently released as Director of African American Relations on the Southern California Public Affairs Council. Marvin works closely with other religious leaders to bring service and support to those in need. He was just recently called to serve as Co-Chair for Genesis Public Affairs. His responsibilities are very similar to the calling of Director of African American Relations on a national level. The Genesis Group is the Branch of the Church designed to meet the unique needs of African Americans.
He has also served as a Gospel Doctrine and Seminary instructor and is well-versed in the scriptures. He is married to the former Ani Crespo. They have two children, Marvin Jr. and Asia Delia. Marvin is also a successful sales executive for the Bureau of National Affairs.
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