40 years ago today - Sep 29, 1978-Friday

[Leonard Arrington]
President [Spencer W.] Kimball ... made two announcements: 1. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve have now determined that it is permissible for sisters to offer prayers in any meeting that they attend. This includes Sunday Schools, sacrament meetings, prayers in homes that they are in as visiting teachers, and so on. The Brethren have determined there is no scriptural objection to this. 2. The wives of general authorities who accompany their husbands on official trips should wear dresses and not pantsuits.

... Election year cautions: ... Moral issues, legitimate concern 1. Gambling, liquor, abortion, homosexuality. May work with others to defeat proposals. ERA-same principle. Strong moral implications; urge people to work with others to oppose the measure. If some support, should be spoken to quietly and not threatened. Do not discuss in sacrament meetings. ...

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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