I snipped following from the Salt Lake City Messenger: Sealed as a Servant to Joseph Smith Jane Manning James, a black convert, is an example of how firm the church leaders were about denying temple ordinances to blacks. She claimed that while living with the Joseph Smith family in the 1843 time frame the Smiths had offered to have her sealed to them as part of their family, but not understanding what that meant, she declined. Years later, living in Utah as a faithful LDS member, she longed for an eternal family and repeatedly requested to be sealed to her husband and children but the leaders refused. Jane then approached the leaders about being sealed to Joseph Smith, as Emma had suggested. The leaders finally offered to seal her “as a Servitor for eternity to the Prophet Joseph Smith.” According to the journal of Joseph Christenson, recorder in the Salt Lake temple, the ceremony was done on May 18, 1894: “Aunt Jane,” a negress, was sealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith as a servitor for all eternity. However, Jane was not allowed to attend the ceremony.