105 years ago today - Jul 21, 1916

The propriety of permitting 'helps' (so named) to be bound with the Book of Mormon was duly considered by the council of First Presidency and Twelve at our meeting yesterday, resulting in an action that this should not be done for the reason that 'helps' contains in the main your personal views, and to permit it to be inserted in and bound with the Book of Mormon would be construed to mean that it had received the official sanction of Church authority, which, as you know, is not the case ... our Book of Mormon students do not agree among themselves nor with you on some of the important points referred to in 'helps.' It was therefore the mind of the council, unanimously expressed, that sales be suspended and immediate steps taken to call in the copies disposed of; that the insert be taken out and the books rebound and sold, the Church to share whatever loss may arise from this venture.

[First Presidency, Letter to Joel Ricks, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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