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Contents of a
Letter from the First Presidency
Regarding the Passing of "Statements
Attributed to Church Leaders"


The letter was issued on May 13, 2004 and addressed the all Church units and LDS Church leaders.  Its subject was:  "Statements Attributed to Church Leaders."  The contents stated:

From time to time statements are circulated among members which are inaccurately attributed to the leaders of the Church.  Many such statements distort current Church teachings and are often based on rumors and innuendos.  They are never transmitted officially, but by word of mouth, e-mail, or other informal means.

We encourage members of the Church to never teach or pass on such statements without verifying that they are from approved Church sources, such as official statements, communications, and publications.  Any notes made when General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, or other general Church officers speak at regional and stake conferences or other meetings should not be distributed without the consent of the speaker.  Personal notes are for individual use only. 

True spiritual growth is based on studying the scriptures, the teachings of the Brethren, and Church publications.

The letter was signed by the First Presidency.  As such, this should be sufficient instruction for faithful members of the Church to not pass around material that does not have official Church sanction.

Update: 11 Nov. 2008

We have been asked by Pres. Packer's office to add the following line to the above statement:

Pres. Packer has not authorized the distribution of any of his talks.

Any item passed around and purporting to be an authorized version of any talk he has given (other than General Conference talks), are hoaxes and should NOT be passed around.