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Revelation of 1978 on the priesthood

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The 1978 revelation received through President Spencer W. Kimball extending the priesthood to worthy males of all races is one of the events of greatest impact upon the worldwide spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In an interview with the Church News (published Jan. 6, 1979), President Kimball spoke of the day the revelation on the priesthood was given:"We held a meeting of the Council of the Twelve in the temple on the regular day. We considered this very seriously and thoughtfully and prayerfully. I asked the Twelve not to go home when the time came. . . . I offered the final prayer and I told the Lord that if it wasn't right, if He didn't want this change to come in the Church, that I would be true to it all the rest of my life. . . . We had this special prayer circle; then I knew that the time had come. . . . This revelation and assurance came to me so clearly that there was no question about it."

At the October 1988 general conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke of his experience when the revelation on priesthood was given:

"President Kimball himself was voice in that prayer. . . . There was a hallowed and sanctified atmosphere in the room. For me, it felt as if a conduit opened between the heavenly throne and the kneeling, pleading prophet of God who was joined by his Brethren. The Spirit of God was there. And by the power of the Holy Ghost there came to that prophet an assurance that the thing for which he prayed was right, that the time had come, and that now the wondrous blessings of the priesthood should be extended to worthy men everywhere regardless of lineage. Every man in that circle, by the power of the Holy Ghost, knew the same thing."

Doctrine and Covenants - Official Declaration 2, issued by the First Presidency on June 8, 1978, and proclaiming that the day had come "when every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood. " was sustained by membership of the Church at general conference, Sept. 30, 1978.