60 years ago today - Dec 18, 1961

It has been the policy in the past to require all divorced persons to be cleared by the First Presidency before they could be issued a recommend to the temple. Hereafter it will not be necessary to submit such cases to the First Presidency for clearance except in those instances where the person seeking a temple recommend has had more than one divorce since baptism or has been divorced from a husband or wife to whom he or she has been sealed in the temple even though the sealing has been cancelled...

[David O. McKay, Henry D. Moyle, and Hugh B. Brown, circular letter, Dec. 18, 1961, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

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