Where Were You When You Heard about the Revelation on the Priesthood?

Contributed By the Church News

  • 1 June 2018

President 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. Watch now.

Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?

“I was living in Unterofferbach, Germany, with my three little kids and husband, a U.S. Air Force pilot. I remember walking over to answer the phone and hearing the news from our branch president’s wife. I was ecstatic.

“A couple of days later I attended a formal military dinner and awards ceremony with my husband. I was encircled by several officers, including one who was African American, who wanted to know my feelings about the news. “What do you think about it? Why didn’t they give you the priesthood?”

“I was 31; most of them were much older. I did my best to share my testimony of the priesthood and the words of a prophet. I told them that the priesthood blessings were in my home. I’m sure none of them remembered many things I said. But I remember.” —Carol H. Nielson, Springfield 4th Ward, Springfield Oregon Stake

“I was in a call box in Caversham, England, talking to my district leader, who told me. It was dusk and my companion, Sister Keiser, was crowded into that box with me. We were reporting for that week when he told me. I was in disbelief at first because the district leaders liked to play jokes on all of us. It was a momentous day. Shortly thereafter, I was privileged to teach a man and his son from Ghana. They were baptized and attended the Kingston Ward.” —Mary Jane Wadley, Pleasant Grove 9th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Stake

“I was 20 years old and serving my mission in Mexico, traveling in a nonmember’s old van when we heard it announced over the radio. It was amazing, the feeling of joy. It seemed like a modern-day miracle, and I knew instantly it was a revelation from God. I wrote about it in my journal and glued in clippings from newspapers and magazines.” —Russell Wallace, Regal Park Ward, Lubbock Texas Stake