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:

I was living in San Diego, California, and when we heard it at church, I thought the roof was going to blow off the building, we were all so thrilled! One of the best days of my life! — Shannon Earley, Abilene 1st ward, Abilene Texas Stake

I was on my mission serving in the California Ventura Mission. I was a relatively new missionary being out for only a few months. I remember how overwhelming I felt the power of the priesthood and the blessings of the temple were going to bless the lives of God's children. What a profound day and time to be a missionary. — Robert Laney, Cherry Hill 2nd Ward, Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake

I was in the back of a van on my way to my first ever young adult fireside, as I had just graduated from high school. There were quite a few of us in the van and the driver looked at us in his rear-view mirror and said, "Did y'all hear they gave blacks the priesthood?" None of us had heard, as we were in Dallas, Texas, and we were all so excited! — Terry Gilbert, Granite Ridge Ward, Sandy Utah Granite View Stake

I was working at a radio station in Monett, Missouri, when the news came across our wire service. Another member of the ward was there to put an item on the station "swap shop" program. I tore the piece off the teletype and immediately showed it to my LDS friend. We embraced and wept. — Howard Fox, Joplin First Ward Joplin, Missouri Stake

I was pulling weeds out of Sister Gritton's lawn when she came out and told me of the announcement. She then said this was very big and that we would remember this day. She was right. — George Pirsko, Arrowhead Ward, Hesperia California Stake

On 9 June 1978 I was in my apartment in Brigham City, Utah, watching a 12" TV when the programs were interupted to bring the announcement from Salt Lake that the revelation that the priesthood had been extended to all worthy males. I immediately called my husband who was at work and shared the news with him. We were both excited that the day had arrived. I remembered that in seminary back in high school (1968) we had some black members of the Church visit our class and tell of their faith that they believed that they would some day be able to hold the priesthood. I was happy that their faith had been fulfilled. — Deborah J. Dunn, Mission Bend Ward, Richmond Texas Stake

I had just got home from school and turned on the radio and heard the announcement. I was immediately overcome by the Spirit and received a very powerful witness that it was from God. It was the most powerful spiritual experience I have ever had in my life. I knew it was true and my soul was elated for those who had been waiting for this day to come. I called my mom at work and wept as I told her of the revelation. — Jeff Jones, Anderson Ward, Anderson California Stake

My wife (Lib) and I were married on June 9, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple by Elder Hugh B. Brown. We made it a habit from then on to attend the temple on our anniversary regardless of how far it was. On this day in 1978 we had driven from Green River, Wyoming, to the temple in Provo and had just arrived and were in the parking lot when we turned on the radio for a minute and heard this historic announcement. We didn't think we would ever see this in our lifetime. We will never forget that day. We were at the temple, it was our anniversary, and we received this tender mercy from the Lord. — Joseph Richard Yates, Sage Creek Ward, Idaho Falls North Stake

I was driving home from work in Southern California when the announcement came on the radio. I wanted to jump up and down and shout "Hallelujah" but could not for fear of crashing my car. I had struggled with this issue previously but finally came to have faith that the Lord would bring about this change in His own due time. The appropriate time arrived, and I rejoiced. — R. Chris Fee, Southgate 3rd Ward, St. George Southgate Utah Stake

On June 9, 1978, I was installing carpet at the Ute Indian Tribal Offices at Bottle Hollow just outside of Roosevelt, Utah. While I worked, I usually listened to music on the radio. I had recently returned from Brazil São Paulo North Mission in June 1976. I was serving in Brazil when President Spencer W. Kimball announced a temple for Brazil and the excitement it created for many faithful Brazilian Saints. When I heard that all worthy men could now receive the priesthood, tears came to my eyes as I thought of the many people who would be blessed by this tender mercy of the Lord.

My wife and I recently returned from a proselyting mission in Brazil in February 2017 and we attended that sacred temple more than 40 years later and saw the tremendous growth of the Church in Brazil. We baptize as many new members in a year today as we had total members in Brazil in 1974. And I still remember Elder James E. Faust describing how during his mission in Brazil, they baptized only three members (The Keys of the Kingdom," October 1975 general conference). All of this reminds me that "Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings" (Doctrine and Covenants 58:3-4). — Jeffrey R. Burkinshaw, Bartlesville 1st Ward, Bartlesville Oklahoma Stake

A fellow dental student came to my cubicle at the Loyola Dental School clinic in Chicago and leaned over and said, "Guess what?" — Philip Terribilini, Bennett Valley Ward, Santa Rosa California Stake

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