55 years ago today - Jan 7, 1969

First Presidency secretary Joseph Anderson answers a letter about "the Church's stand pertaining to birth control," with the concluding statement: "After all, however, the brethren recognize that this is a personal matter involving the individuals concerned, and concerning which they must make their own decision." The First Presidency's official statement on 14 April 1969 omits any reference to their own feelings about birth control as "a personal matter," and states; "We believe that those who practice birth control will reap disappointment by and by," and repeated the earlier letter's emphasis on "self-control [as] a dominant factor" in marriage.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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