Elder Bruce R. McConkie recounts 1978 priesthood revelation

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a celebration in honor the 40th anniversary marking the receipt of the revelation on the priesthood.

In conjunction with this anniversary, Dennis B. Horne has graciously provided selections from his recent book, “I Know He Lives,” which includes rare behind-the-scenes accounts of the priesthood revelation by Elder Bruce R. McConkie.

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Boyd K. Packer and the Teton Dam

On June 5, 1976, the Teton Dam in Idaho failed. What began as a small crack spread to a substantial break within hours. As the surrounding area began to flood, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints quickly mobilized and prevented what could have been a dramatic loss of life. Nonetheless, the damage was significant. Homes and business were ruined. Access to water and utilities was curtailed, if not entirely inaccessible. The situation was awful.

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In the coming days and weeks, thousands would flock to the area to help with cleanup and rebuilding. My father, Howard Manwaring, was a teenager at the time and among those who traveled to Rexburg, Idaho, from Pocatello, Idaho to assist in the efforts.

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