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From the archives: Responses of joy evoked by 1978 revelation on priesthood In its first reporting of the 1978 revelation on priesthood, the Church News cited the extensive media attention given and a telegram sent by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. But the report's most powerful words were the responses from black members.
Front page of the Deseret News, then an afternoon paper, on June 9, 1978. That morning, the LDS Church announced the revelation on the priesthood, which extended the priesthood to all worthy male church members and temple blessings to all worthy members.
How the June 1978 priesthood revelation changed the lives of the Martins family in Brazil Life for Helvécio Martins and his son Marcus changed dramatically as Brazilian Church members with black African ancestry, when the June 1978 revelation allowed all male members 12 year and older to receive the priesthood, no matter race or color.
Elder James E. Faust and his wife, Sister Ruth Faust, left, with Helvécio Martins and his family at the dedication of the São Paolo Brazil Temple in November 1978.
1978 revelation on priesthood brought immediate success in Brazil, Elder Soares says Missionary work in the apostle's home country of Brazil was forever changed by historic moment in 1978.
Elder Ulisses Soares, second row far left, was serving a mission in Rio de Janeiro when the 1978 revelation was announced, forever changing the Church in Brazil.
Brazil in 1978: How a revelation and a temple changed everything A one-two punch of events in 1978 served as a catalyst for Church growth in Brazil — the June 9 announcement of the revelation affording the priesthood to be given to all worthy male members and the October 30 dedication of the São Paulo Tem
The LDS Church's São Paulo Temple is seen at sunset in São Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Church leader reflects on personal struggles with restriction of the priesthood before 1978 Elder Fred A. Parker, an Area Seventy, shares his personal struggle to find faith amidst discontent with the priesthood restrictions prior to 1978.
Elder Fred A. Parker, Sixth Quorum of the Seventy
President Nelson's full remarks from the LDS Church's 'Be One' celebration
President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks during  “Be One” in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 1, 2018. The event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood.
President Oaks' full remarks from the LDS Church's 'Be One' celebration The address given by President Dallin H. Oaks at Friday's "Be One" celebration of the 40th anniversary of the priesthood revelation at the Conference Center, provided by Mormon Newsroom.
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks during “Be One” in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 1, 2018. The event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood.
President Nelson concludes 'Be One' remarks by invoking a blessing 'that we may overcome any burdens of prejudice' The First Presidency hosted a worldwide celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation of the priesthood on June 1. All are equal to God, said President Russell M. Nelson. All have the same opportunities in the gospel.
Performers dance during a rehearsal Thursday for the Church's worldwide "Be One" event, which was held Friday, June 1, at the Conference Center.
Readers respond to question: 'Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?' We asked our readers, "Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?" Here are some of their responses.
Elder N. Eldon Tanner takes a sustaining vote In the Salt Lake Tabernacle after reading a letter by the First Presidency pertaining to the revelation on the priesthood in 1978.
‘There was no question about it’: Reflections on the announcement of the revelation on the priesthood The announcement proclaiming that all worthy male members of the Church could receive the priesthood was met with joy.
After a dedicatory session of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple in August of 1985, Jennifer Tonkin, left, joyfully greets Lydia and Isaac Mbele. Sister Tonkin was instrumental in Brother and Sister Mbele's conversion to the gospel.
One question, three answers: Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood? We asked our readers "Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?" Here are a few responses.
Elder N. Eldon Tanner takes a sustaining vote In the Salt Lake Tabernacle after reading a letter by the First Presidency pertaining to the revelation on the priesthood in 1978.