Thirty years ago, Spencer W. Kimball was prophet. There was an official declaration allowing all worth men to have the priesthood. What a wonderful, wonderful day. I don't pretend to understand how it felt before that time, or the difference that one declaration. I do remember a talk by Darius Grey relating the Parable of the Laborers in Matthew 20 to the LONG wait to receive the Priesthood.
I didn't have to wait. I was blessed to be born a member so I didn't have to find the truth, just become converted to it.
Yesterday as I was thinking about that wonderful day I was reminded of how long that day had been prayed for. I have had the experience of praying long for something. I guess there againlong is relative and that is what I have been thinking about. How am I changed when I have to pray and continue to pray for something? How are some blessings contingent on prayer? How amazingly powerful is prayer. How can I better pray and live so that when blessings come I am grateful.
This video is long, but I highly recommend it. http://www.mormonstories.org/blacksandtheldspriesthood/
"And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; neverthless, I do not know the meaning of all things."