by Jenniffer WARDELL
It’s a chance to share in the celebration.
Though tickets to attend in person have sold out, everyone has the chance to experience The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ worldwide musical event in honor of the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood. The event, which will follow the theme of “Be One” and will focus on increasing unity with each other and heaven, will be livestreamed as it happens on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
“We need to embrace God’s children compassionately and eliminate any prejudice, including racism, sexism, and nationalism,” said President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Let it be said that we truly believe the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ are for every child of God.”
The event will include musical performances by Gladys Knight, Alex Boye, the Bonner Family, the Unity Gospel Choir International, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There will also be messages from a variety of church leaders on both the 1978 revelation and the theme of unity as a whole.
“Knowing that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith means that he was a prophet and that this is the Lord’s Church,” said Elder Edward Dube of the Seventy, a Zimbabwe native. “If Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph, then all gospel principles and questions fall into place. This is a church of revelation, and the Lord reveals certain processes at certain times to His servants, the prophets, and that is what brought peace to me.”
The 1978 revelation, which was announced by President Spencer W. Kimball, announced that the blessings of receiving the priesthood would be extended to every faithful, worthy man of the church. This revelation removed previous race-related restrictions that had been in place.
“Aware of the promises made by the prophets and presidents of the Church who have preceded us that at some time, in God’s eternal plan, all of our brethren who are worthy may receive the priesthood, and witnessing the faithfulness of those from whom the priesthood has been withheld, we have pleaded long and earnestly in behalf of these, our faithful brethren, spending many hours in the Upper Room of the Temple supplicating the Lord for divine guidance,” reads a letter from President Kimball which was distributed at the time. “He has heard our prayers.”
The broadcast can be viewed live on the Church satellite system, lds.org, mormontabernaclechoir.org, mormonchannel.org, the Mormon Channel on YouTube, facebook.com/LDS and more. It will later be available for on-demand viewing on broadcasts.lds.org in a variety of languages, including American Sign Language, Spanish, and more.