A very historic and sacred event in history was commemorated this weekend. In June 1978 the Priesthood was extended to “every worthy male” member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I remember that prophetic day. I would have been 12 years old. My mother picked me up from school and told me that it had just been announced that day that “all worthy male” members of the church could be ordained to the Priesthood. I specifically thought of the large congregations of faithful Latter-day Saint members in Africa who had been praying fervently for this day. I remember feeling goosebumps from head to toe. I knew that I was now a living witness of this life-changing event.
I add my witness. I firmly believe this was a revelation coming directly from Jesus Christ to His living prophet on earth, at that time Spencer W. Kimball. President Kimball then declared these prophetic words to every child of God upon the earth. I felt the Holy Spirit confirm this to my soul. It was a day of miracles that I will never forget.
Heaven opened every door, and calls for all to enter in.
I rejoice in the beauty of the Gospel.
We are united in our diversity and strength as brothers and sisters!
“He Inviteth Us All” – Come Unto Him:
SALT LAKE CITY 9 June 2008 Close to 3,000 people packed the Salt Lake Tabernacle last night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ action in June 1978 to extend its lay priesthood to men of all races.
Church leaders and members, including many who are African American, spoke to those attending the gathering. The celebration also featured musical selections from a choir led by Mormon Tabernacle Choir music director, Mack Wilberg, and soloist Alex Boye.
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Heavens doors were probably always open. It is far to often the hearts and minds of humans that are closed.