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First Presidency proclamation on temple work

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1542

Scope and Contents

Handwritten proclamation by the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, consisting of Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, regarding instructions on various aspects of temple work. Includes instructions on who can receive a recommend for the "highest blessings" in the temple and for women being sealed to another man "whether she had lived with him or not." Includes the names of Ira N. Hinckley and John D.T. McAllister. Ira N. Hinckley was from Fillmore, Millard County, Utah. It appears to have been written by McAllister, and was possibly specifically for Hinckley. Includes typed transcription of item. Dated approximately 1901-1910.


  • approximately 1901-1910


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the First Presidency proclamation on temple work must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the governing body directing all the affairs of the church.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established in March 1832 in Kirtland, Ohio, and is now located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was established by Joseph Smith, the Church's founder. The First Presidency consists of the President of the Church and usually two counselors chosen by himself. They are the governing body of the church and have dealt directly with affairs such as planning conferences and assemblies, temples, budgeting, auditing, and various other departments in the church.

Latter-day Saints believe their President to be God's chosen prophet for the Earth, and therefore all authority rests ultimately in him. At the death of the president, the First Presidency will dissolve, and a new President will be called; he will then select his own counselors and the First Presidency will once again be established.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Item was found in workroom with other materials left by David Whittaker upon his retirement in 2012. The call number was already assigned, but there was no documentation as to its provenance, and no accession record could be found for it.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Jace Packer, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2017

Register of First Presidency proclamation on temple work
Jace Packer
2017 June 15
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States