Church Released Decrees

The Family: A Proclamation To The World

In 1995, this statement was issued to define the official position of the Church on family, marriage, gender roles, and human sexuality.  This was first read by President Gordon B. Hinckley on September 23, 1995 at the General Relief Society meeting.  Here you will also find a link to the full address.

The Living Christ

This declaration commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is a reaffirmation of Church doctrines and teachings about Him.  It was issued on January 1, 2000 and was signed by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The Manifesto

The 1890 Manifesto is canonized in the Standard Works as Official Declaration 1.  It is a statement which officially advised against any future plural marriages.  The declaration was unanimously approved after being brought to vote before the Church during General Conference.  Here you will find how The Manifesto came to be and talks by Church leaders after its declaration.

Proclamation to the Nations

Issued by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 6, 1845.  It was said to be penned by Elder Wilford Woodruff.  This prophetic proclamation is addressed “to all the Kings of the World; the President of the United States; the Governors of the several States; and to the Rulers and People of all Nations” which “covers some of the preparations that are expected to be made throughout the world as a preface to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign on the earth”.

Proclamation to the Saints – 1841

This document, signed by Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, reviews the progress of the Church in spite of hardships and persecution, and speaks at length on the prospects of the settlement of Nauvoo.

Proclamation to the World regarding Church’s Divine Mission – 150th Anniversary

President Spencer W. Kimball spoke briefly of the organization of the Church that had occurred on that very spot of ground. He then announced that the Church had a proclamation to declare concerning the Church’s divine mission.

Wentworth Letter

At the request of Mr. John Wentworth, editor and proprietor of the Chicago Democrat, Joseph Smith wrote the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-day Saints.  Taken from this letter are the Articles of Faith and also the account of the First Vision that we use today.