40 Years

40 Years: Commemorating the 1978 Priesthood and Temple Revelation
Brigham Young University
Friday, October 12, 2018
9 AM—3:15 PM
Varsity Theater

Session I: 19th- and 20th-Century Contexts

9:00 am–10:45 am

Welcome and Chair: Spencer Fluhman, BYU

Janan Graham-Russell, Harvard Divinity School
Paul Reeve, University of Utah
Commentator: Lerone Martin, Washington University in St. Louis 
Panel Q&A

Session II: International Dimensions

11:00 am–12:30 pm

Chair and Commentator:  Leslie Hadfield, BYU

Emmanuel Abu Kissi, Medical officer and LDS Area Authority Emeritus, Ghana
Marcus Martins, BYU-Hawaii
Khumbulani Mdletshe, Church history advisor for Africa, Church History Department
Panel Q&A

12:45-1:45 pm – Lunch 

Session III: Implications For Today’s Church

1:45–3:15 pm

Chair and Commentator: Jacob Rugh, BYU

Cathy Stokes, Early African American convert
Marvin Perkins, Early African American convert
Ryan Gabriel, BYU
Déborah Aléxis, BYU student

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On June 1, 1978 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended priesthood ordination and full temple participation to members of African descent. Forty years later, scholars and students gathered at Brigham Young University to discuss the contexts of the restriction’s origins and the landmark revelation that lifted them, the revelation’s international dimensions, and the meaning of the revelation for today’s Church.