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“It is not the authorities of the Church who have placed a restriction on him [men of the African race] regarding the holding of the Priesthood. It was not the Prophet Joseph Smith nor Brigham Young. It was the Lord!”

~Joseph Fielding Smith, from a mimeographed letter- dated 9 July 1963; quoted in John J. Stewart’s The Glory of Mormonism, page 154; 1963~