85 years ago today - Jun 15, 1935

[David O. McKay]
During the last year particularly we have been more deeply impressed than ever with the need of Stake and Ward officers exercising more care and of giving deeper personal inquiry into the lives of those who are promoted in the Priesthood and to those who are recommended to go through the temple. That there is too much moral laxity in the Church today, as in the world generally, is apparent to anyone who will give the least thought to the matter. Unfortunately we have some psychologists in our leading institutions of learning and some teachers in our high schools who by their unwise instructions and sometimes by innuendoes and sneers lend encouragement to wilful youth to disregard the tried and proved laws of chastity and virtue.

There are three things which we can do'(1) raise the standard of parental instruction, and try to improve home conditions; (2) encourage more chaperonage of youth; (3) choose more competent Ward Teachers whose duty it is to 'watch over the Church always and to see that no iniquity exists.' &c.

[David O. McKay, Letter to Joseph F. Merrill, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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