Forty years ago this June, the president and prophet of the Mormon church received what he believed was revelatory confirmation of something he had been earnestly seeking, the ending of the church’s long-standing policy of restricting people of African heritage from full participation in the LDS church. Previous to this event, blacks could be baptized and attend church with other members but not attain leadership positions or be allowed to participate in high ordinances performed in LDS temples. This episode focuses on three main precursors leading up to the “all worthy males” revelation. Wendy documents the complexity of the man who would lead the church in abandoning some of its racist traditions. In 1978, with courage, compassion and quiet determination Spencer W. Kimball became a man for the ages. May we all be as brave.
And may the force be with you. -May 4, 2018