50 years ago today - Jul 17, 1970

A First Presidency letter ends the financial independence of the Relief Society by stopping the payment of dues, prohibiting the traditional Relief Society bazaar ("a noisy, carnival-like or commercial atmosphere"), and requiring that individual "Relief Societies should immediately turn over to the appropriate Stake, Mission, Ward, Branch, or District presiding officers all assets which they have accumulated." This clarifies the full intent of the brief letter of 10 June. Eliminating the Relief Society's autonomy is the central goal of Harold B. Lee's vision of church "correlation."

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

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