105 years ago today - Sep 22, 1916

[First Presidency to General Boards of the Relief Society, Y.L.M.I.A., and Primary Association]

Dear Sisters:

We feel that there exists a pressing need of improvement and reform among our young people, specifically in the matter of dress and in their social customs and practices. Our women are prone to follow the demoralizing fashions of the world; and some of the daughters of Zion appear to vie with one another in exhibitions of immodesty and of actual indecency in their attire. ... Many of our youth of both sexes are fast approaching a state of depravity in dancing, and in their feverish pursuit of frivolous and dissipating pleasures.

We are grateful in knowing that only a fraction of our people are seriously affected by the deadly contagion of Babylon ...

We call upon you, as the chief officers of a great and influential auxiliary within the Church, to give this matter immediate consideration ...

[1916-September 22-Original circular. Church Historian's Library,, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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