85 years ago today - Sep 14, 1935

[Heber J. Grant]
Inasmuch as the young people to whom you refer in your letter of September 13 have confessed to you their transgression and manifest a spirit of repentance, we recommend that you keep the matter in confidence, and that you, yourself, perform the ceremony uniting them in marriage. Nothing should be said to the Bishop or any one else regarding their transgression, and if any one asks why you performed the marriage ceremony for them you can merely explain that they came to you and asked you to do so. Later, after their baby is born, if they have lived worthily in the meantime, they may go to the temple and be sealed for eternity and have their child sealed to them.

The very fact that they have confessed to you their wrongdoing is an indication of the right spirit on their part, and of course they will have to ace the embarrassment that may come to them as a result of their action. The Gospel is one of forgiveness ...

[Heber J. Grant and David O. McKay, Letter to H. W. Henderson, 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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