Abide #24: Official Declaration Two

  • Spencer W. Kimball, his counselors, and their fellow apostles prayed about the revelation that Latter-day Saints have canonized as Official Declaration 2 in June 1978. They immediately let it be known that the Lord had told them that all worthy people, of any race, color, creed, or nationality, would be eligible for temple blessings and that men could be ordained. This lifted a racial restriction that had lasted for more than a century that denied ordination to men of Black African descent and the endowment and sealing ordinances to men, women, and children of Black African descent. 

    Importantly, President Kimball’s journey to receiving the revelation began decades earlier. Even as a boy he recognized how his neighbors treated Native Americans with distrust and disdain. He saw inequity and wanted to correct it. Although he did not know as a lad that he would receive a revelation with global consequences, it’s remarkable to me that something President Kimball noticed as a child would change The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ global trajectory.

    My name is Joseph Stuart, I’m the public communications specialist at the Maxwell Institute. Janiece Johnson, is a Willes Center Research Associate at the Institute, and we will be discussing each week’s block of reading from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “Come, Follow Me” curriculum. We aren’t here to present a lesson, but rather to hit on a few key themes from the scripture block that we believe will help fulfill the Maxwell Institute’s mission to inspire and fortify Latter-day Saints in their testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and engages the world of religious ideas.”