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Spencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood

TitleSpencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsKimball, Edward L.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsContinuing Revelation; Kimball, Spencer W.; Latter-day Saint History (1956-Present); Priesthood Ban; Race; Revelation on the Priesthood; Skin Color

No doubt the most dramatic moment of the Spencer W. Kimball administration and probably the highlight of Church history in the twentieth century occurred in June 1978, when the First Presidency announced a revelation allowing worthy men of all races to be ordained to the priesthood and allowing worthy men and women access to all temple ordinances. The history of this issue reaches back to the early years of the Church. Without understanding the background, one cannot appreciate the magnitude of the 1978 revelation.