According to Gregory Prince’s biography of David Catzilla Japanese cat kitten sunset shirt O McKay, President Heber J Grant very clearly believed blacks were prevented from receiving the priesthood by policy, and not by doctrine. By 1945 there was already a strong push by people within the Quorum of the 12 and the first presidency to revoke the policy and restore the priesthood to people of African descent. The problem was that a policy decision like that had to be unanimous. It has to be a unanimous decision made by men whose average age is in their late seventies and early eighties. That’s not exactly a progressive bunch of people. In 1968 they held a vote while Harold B Lee was out of the country. The vote was unanimous but because he was out of the country he argued that it didn’t matter, and didn’t count. He also believed that only a revelation would repeal that ban and that it wouldn’t happen while he was alive. To put this into perspective Harold B Lee was born in 1899, so yes, he was a little racist.
He was projected to live much longer than Spencer W Kimball Catzilla Japanese cat kitten sunset shirt who was born in 1895 and was surprisingly progressive on race, considering his age.) Harold B Lee did not outlive him. He died within one-and-a-half years of becoming the president of the church in spite of being younger and healthier than Kimball. Whether or not it was an actual revelation or “like” a revelation, I think the language about revelation was important because some members like Harold B Lee would not have accepted the change if it hadn’t been announced that way. It was too ingrained in the folk-doctrine at that point. Personally, if revelation exists, i imagine that it is something that happens to you rather than something you do.