115 years ago today - Nov 14, 1908

To whom it may concern:-Among the vices of the present age gambling is very generally condemned, ... Nevertheless, in numerous guises the demon of chance is welcomed in the home, in fashionable clubs, and at entertainments for worthy charities, even within the precincts of sacred edifices. Devices for raising money by appealing to the gambling instinct are common accessories at church sociables, ward fairs, and the like.

... we say again to the people that no kind of chance game, guessing-contest, or raffling device, can be approved in any entertainment under the auspices of our Church organizations.

[1908-November 14-Improvement Era 12:143-145 (December, 1908); Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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