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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, see John J. Stewart’s The Glory of Mormonism (Salt Lake City, UT: Mercury Publishing, 1963), from a mimeographed letter – dated 9 July 1963; 154.