Where to get copies of First Presidency Letters

I know I'm not the only one interested in getting copies of some of letters from the first presidency. Some of these are available at LDS.org, but they are usually tucked away in obscure places.

To date, the only place to get a complete list of letters is at apps.lds.org, and only stake presidents have complete access to the site:
http://apps.lds.org/letters

A list of First Presidency Statements that leaders have been instructed to read over the pulpit can be found at the Church News site. It goes back as far as 1999:
http://www.ldschurchnews.com/letters/

Here is a short list of letters relating to youth, but only some are available to read online:
http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,6841-1,00.html

Here's an old letter about how Bishops should be involved in ward missionary work:
http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,5107-1,00.html

Here's a post that describes changes in the FP letter about not harassing Church headquarters with questions that can be answered at a local level. It's interesting to see how the wording has changed:
http://zelophehadsdaughters.com/2008/04/21/something-different-in-the-fi...

I understand that the Church Handbook of Instructions has a list of letters that are still valid. See:
http://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2854

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lee_uintah's picture

I want to see the letter from

I want to see the letter from mid 1970 when the Church leaders designated Monday as the night to hold FHE. No other Church meetings were to be planned or held on Monday. I think that Monday night FHE was started in September 1970. Does anyone know the exact date, or the date of the letter? Thanks!

Jenny Smith's picture

I don't know if there was

I don't know if there was ever a letter designating that Monday is to be kept free of Church activities. This announcement was made in the Priesthood Bulletin or General Conference Report. The Wikipedia says that Boyd K Packer is the speaker who announced it in the 1970 Conference Report.

See the link below for an answer to the question "Occasionally my stake and ward have sponsored activities such as Scout fund raisers and 'family night' picnics on Monday night. Aren’t Monday nights to be reserved exclusively for one’s family?":
https://beta.lds.org/ensign/1987/01/i-have-a-question?lang=eng

You may also be interested to note that the new Church Handbook of Instructions gives specific direction to Church leaders: "Family home evening is sacred, private family time under the direction of the parents. Priesthood leaders should not give directions as to what families should do during this time." Section 1.4.2

Bobette's picture

I am looking for information

I am looking for information where we were asked to avoid too many activities in the church. Such as only having the youth attend one meeting a week on the weekdays for activities. So, if they had a temple trip on Friday, then we shouldn't have mutual on that week. I thought we were asked to do that to give the families more time together. Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?

Jenny Smith's picture

No directive instructing

No directive instructing members to have only one youth activity per week has been given. Leaders have been instructed:

"Priesthood and auxiliary leaders must endeavor to strengthen the sacredness of the home by ensuring that all Church activities support the lives of individuals and families. Church leaders need to be careful not to overwhelm families with too many Church responsibilities." (CHI, 1.4)

and also

"Leaders ensure that activities strengthen the family rather than compete with it. Some activities can be family centered, giving families opportunities to participate together. Activities should support parents by teaching their children to be faithful followers of Christ. Leaders also ensure that activities do not become so numerous that they put undue burdens on members." (CHI, 13.2.2)

Some localities limit the number of youth activities to one per week, but this is a local leadership decision. If you feel that your family is being overwhelmed by church activities, you may consider discussing your concern with a leader.

Julie's picture

I am looking for the letter

I am looking for the letter that was written by Pres. Hinckley that did specifically address too many meetings and activities for the youth taking away from family time. If anyone knows where I can find this, I would appreciate it......I think it was written sometime in the 90's/early 2000. Thanks!

Jello's picture

In the Aug. 1997 Ensign, in

In the Aug. 1997 Ensign, in an article called "The Temple Garment: An Outward Expression of an Inward Committment," Carlos E. Asay (an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy) stated:

"And in a letter to priesthood leaders dated 10 October 1988, the First Presidency made the following important statements regarding how the garment should be worn: “Church members who have been clothed with the garment in the temple have made a covenant to wear it throughout their lives. This has been interpreted to mean that it is worn as underclothing both day and night. This sacred covenant is between the member and the Lord. Members should seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to answer for themselves any personal questions about the wearing of the garment. … The promise of protection and blessings is conditioned upon worthiness and faithfulness in keeping the covenant.

“The fundamental principle ought to be to wear the garment and not to find occasions to remove it. Thus, members should not remove either all or part of the garment to work in the yard or to lounge around the home in swimwear or immodest clothing. Nor should they remove it to participate in recreational activities that can reasonably be done with the garment worn properly beneath regular clothing. When the garment must be removed, such as for swimming, it should be restored as soon as possible.

“The principles of modesty and keeping the body appropriately covered are implicit in the covenant and should govern the nature of all clothing worn. Endowed members of the Church wear the garment as a reminder of the sacred covenants they have made with the Lord and also as a protection against temptation and evil. How it is worn is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior. 6

It's a great quote. I've bolded the important part for anyone who is interested in finding the letter. I was wondering if there was somewhere we could read the rest of the letter. It says it was specifically to priesthood leaders (and so I guess it was not one that was read ward-wide over pulpits, per se). Anyone know where I can find the text to this particular letter?

Thanks!

Parent's picture

I am looking for a letter

I am looking for a letter that defines what is appropriate for fundraising for Scouts.  I am specifically interested in Popcorn sales.  Has this tradition been "banned" from the list of appropriate fundraising?  If the scouts do not go door to door is it appropriate to sell outside a supermarket, or parent sales, or corporate sales?  There has been some confusion about this in our area.