Special Feature

Spencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood
February 20, 2020
Special Feature
Spencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood
Author BYU Studies Staff

We are featuring Spencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood in honor of Black History Month since it focuses on the former Church policy of restricting members of African descent from receiving the priesthood. Edward L. Kimball examines the traditional and proposed scriptural basis for the policy, its origin and implementation, and the chain of events that led his father, President Spencer W. Kimball, to seek revelation regarding changing the policy. Black Africans' interest in joining the Church, the Civil Rights movement, Church members' changing perceptions regarding the priesthood policy, and spiritual manifestations all contributed to President Kimball's landmark decision. The article describes how President Kimball went about obtaining the revelation allowing all worthy male Church members to receive the priesthood, how the revelation was spiritually confirmed to other leaders, and members' reactions when the change was announced. Use the link below for the full article.