The Authorities of the Church have always advised the people against card games, that is, cards of the kind that are used by gamblers and others, with ace, king, jack, queen, etc. Your relief society president is undoubtedly mistaken when she says that branches of the Church have given card parties for the purpose of raising funds, provided she refers to cards of this kind. Certainly such parties have not been held with our knowledge or consent. We do not disfellowship people who indulge in such games for having done so, but we feel that it is a waste of valuable time which might be used to better advantage, and often it leads to quarreling, heating, etc.
[Heber J. Grant, Letter to Leolin N. Dickey, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]