Helvécio Martins in 1990
|Second Quorum of the Seventy|
|31 March 1990– 30 September 1995|
|Called by||Ezra Taft Benson|
|End reason||Honorably released|
27 July 1930|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Died||14 May 2005
Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
|Spouse||Rudá Tourinho de Assis|
Born to descendants of African slaves in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Martins joined the LDS Church in 1972, despite his knowledge that the LDS Church did not then allow members of Black African descent to hold the priesthood or to receive temple ordinances.
On 9 June 1978, Martins and his family heard of the announcement that the LDS Church was lifting the priesthood ban. After Martins received the priesthood and his temple ordinances, he served in the LDS Church as a bishop, counselor to a stake president, and as president for the Brazil Fortaleza Mission.
After serving a standard five-year term as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, Martins was honorably released as a general authority on 30 September 1995. He died in Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil at age 74.
Martins dictated his life story which was published as The Autobiography of Elder Helvecio Martins.
- 1978 Revelation on Priesthood
- Blacks and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Joseph W. Sitati