145 years ago today - Aug 20, 1874

To the President, Vice-Presidents and Board of Directors of the United Order at St. George-- ...

These are the results which we should expect to see follow where people have divided interests. If a man presented himself to you for baptism, and requested that only a portion of his body should be baptized, you would reject his application and say to him that he must have his entire person immersed or he could not become a member of the Church. So with the Order: we do not wish to accept a portion of a man's person and a portion of his substance; therefore, until he is ready to enter himself and with all that he has he should not be a member of the Order, and this is our instruction to all the branches of the Order....

[Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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