125 years ago today - Jul 9, 1896

The following letter was addressed to Elder Abram Hatch, President of the Wasatch [Utah] Stake, which explains itself: 'You ask the question, Are members of the A.O.U.W. [i.e., The Ancient Order of United Workmen], who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints entitled to recommends to the Temple for marriages and Temple work'? [']In reply, we would say that we are not in favor of our Brethren joining organizations of any kind outside of our Church. But we are more especially impressed with the wrongfulness of their joining organizations which interfere with the rights of their fellow citizens in regard to labor. ... It would not do, however, to refuse a young man who wanted to be married in the Temple a recommend because of his being a member of that organization. ... (Signed by Presidents Woodruff, Cannon and Smith).

[Journal History, 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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