Sister Knight is on a mission to break down some of the misconceptions about the Mormon Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an intriguing evangelism tool in Gladys Knight, the legendary Grammy Award-winning soulful female vocalist.
“Sister Knight,” as she is affectionately called by members of the church, has traveled around the country for the past 12 years with the 100-voice Saints Unified Voices choir, which she created and directs, sharing the Gospel in song during what the church calls“firesides.”
“What you’re looking at here is the very best part of [me],” Knight, 70, told a capacity crowd of 1,100 earlier this month in the chapel at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tallmadge. The choir presented four private programs in Tallmadge and Westlake on Sept. 19 and 20.
“Sister Knight is a powerful voice for sharing the restored Gospel and breaking down some of the misconceptions about the Mormon Church. Her very presence dispels the myth that we are a white church and gives us an opportunity to share that we are a diverse worldwide church,” said Douglas L. Talley, president of the Akron Stake. “She’s a tremendous ambassador and she has created an opportunity to further enlighten people about what we believe during these firesides.”
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