June 1978 he announced a revelation that all worthy men and women could
receive temple ordinances regardless of race or ancestry, thus ending
long-standing restrictions on members of Negroid ancestry. The church under Kimball opposed the Equal Rights Amendment as a misguided means
to reach legitimate objectives, and criticized the weapons buildup by
world powers, successfully opposing basing MX missiles in the Utah-Nevada
directed the recreation of the First Quorum of Seventy, establishment
of emeritus status for general authorities, consolidation of church
meetings into a three-hour block, the publishing of new editions of
scriptures, and the creation of a museum and genealogy library.
man short in stature had great energy, fierce loyalty, fearlessness
in innovation, unusual warmth, a lively sense of humor, and unshakable
faith. His wife, Camilla, also served many as role model. Highly intelligent
and independent, she nonetheless wholeheartedly supported him.
surgery in 1979 slowed him, and recurring troubles in 1981 ended his
active leadership. During his last four years, his counselor Gordon
B. Hinckley shouldered major responsibilities. President Kimball died
5 November 1985.
Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball, Jr., Spencer W. Kimball (1977);
Caroline E. Miner and Edward L. Kimball, Camilla (1980); and the Fall
1985 issue of BYU Studies.