Origins of the Family Proclamation

79 Primary Sources

Date
Summary
Jul 1830

Joseph reveals Church to be governed "by common consent."

Mar 1831

JS's revelation re: marriage to Shaker community

1835

1835 First Presidency explains why they included a section on government in the Doctrine and Covenants.

1835

1835 First Presidency explains significance of content in Doctrine & Covenants.

1840

LaFayette C. Lee recalls Joseph saying that his words were, at times, cited as if scripture.

Jan 5, 1841

JS teaches that we were present in the premortal council and helped sanction the plan of salvation.

Feb 8, 1843

JS states a prophet is a prophet only when acting as such.

Jul 24, 1871

ERS says women and men are to be "co-workers" in their separate spheres in "the great work of the last days."

Nov 15, 1880

George Q. Cannon discusses canonization process.

Nov 15, 1880

John Taylor comments on importance of submitting decisions to body of Church.

Nov 14, 1891

Wilford Woodruff describes in his speech how government threats catalyzed revelation for the Manifesto.

Dec 31, 1899

Talmage notes heteronormative identity of God.

Jun 11, 1903

JFS celebrates marriage as a sacrament and foundation for exaltation.

Apr 16, 1908

LDSMS identifies marriage between a man and woman

Jan 31, 1912

FP holds that gender predated mortality.

Jun 1915

FP promises blessings from Family Home Evening.

Aug 18, 1921

B. H. Roberts comments on canonization process.

Aug 1927

OFW comments on importance of symbolism in teaching.

Mar 9, 1933

RPD celebrates how Church supported women's empowerment and equality

Apr 7, 1946

JAW speaks of humanity as "very sons and daughters of God"

May 31, 1946

JJM celebrates marriage as "union of two equal partners"

Jul 31, 1947

RW celebrates love between men and women.

Feb 28, 1953

DOM calls procreation "noblest purpose"

Aug 1960

RLE celebrates marital equity.

Aug 1960

RLE celebrates healthy, companion-based marriage.

Jul 8, 1964

Harold B. Lee offers criteria for doctrinal authoritativeness.

Oct 2, 1964

SWK defines eternal marriage as being "between man and woman."

1969

Brown comments on what makes teachings binding.

1969

Brown comments on what makes teachings binding.

Oct 23, 1971

Audio of NM celebrating importance of family for public sphere.

Sep 20, 1983

GBH celebrates male-female equality

1984

CM discusses the impact of welfare on marriage and child-bearing decisions (1984).

Aug 7, 1984

DHO argues that gay marriage is a primary target for LGBTQ lobby.

Aug 7, 1984

DHO argues that marriage litigation merits a full statement by church.

Jan 1986

CBS 1986 reports on family breakdown in black America.

Jan 25, 1986

NYT reports on "The Vanishing Family" documentary (1986); the absence of two parents results in negative effects.

Apr 30, 1992

DHO identifies marriage between men and women

May 19, 1992

JDQ's "Murphy Brown" speech.

Apr 1993

BDW on the social science of family breakdown

Sep 25, 1993

MRB celebrates "equally significant," "equal opportunity for growth" of roles of men and women.

Oct 31, 1993

BKP's language in the overview of the plan of salvation mirrors the proclamation language.

Oct 31, 1993

BKP's language in the overview of the plan of salvation mirrors the proclamation language.

Feb 1, 1994

FP uses Proclamation language to advocate against same-sex marriage initiatives.

Feb 1, 1994

FP uses Proclamation language to advocate against same-sex marriage initiatives.

Sep 9, 1994

BC calls out-of-wedlock births "wrong" at National Baptist Convention (1994).

Oct 1994

HWH uses Proc. language to describe marriage

Oct 1, 1994

RGS highlights marriage as between "man and woman."

Mar 4, 1995

DLH offers comments on church's position re: homosexuality

Mar 18, 1995

GBH articulates policy of church neutrality

Apr 14, 1995

DLH explains Church's opposition to Prop. 8

Sep 23, 1995

Text of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" issued by the Church (September 1995).

Sep 23, 1995

Text of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" issued by the Church (September 1995).

Sep 23, 1995

Text of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" issued by the Church (September 1995).

Oct 1995

GBH says Proclamation given to "warn" amidst "sophistry" and "deception."

Oct 1995

GBH mentions many societal issues in the introduction to "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."

Oct 31, 1995

DHO uses "man-woman" marriage language.

Nov 17, 1995

JVH uses Proclamation to promote heterosexual marriage in House of Representatives.

Nov 18, 1995

GBH and NAM meet to discuss family issues with BC shortly after "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" was introduced.

Jan 23, 1996

HSC issues negative ruling on Church's motion to stop gay marriage.

May 18, 1996

Gordon B. Hinckley explains position of political neutrality, barring moral issues.

Mar 4, 1997

LCD says DHO met with LW over gay marriage issues.

Jun 3, 1997

Church includes Proclamation in Amicus brief.

1998

DM provides evidence of difficulties in segregation (relevant to "calamities" highlighted in Proclamation).

Jun 2, 1998

AJH highlights LW's efforts in the Hawaii same-sex case.

2003

Student manual bases its teaching on the Proclamation.

2005

SM, ED, and RH review the social science of marriage and child wellbeing (2005).

Nov 15, 2005

GP (disaffected) interviews CO about writing of the Proclamation

2009

RH provides the political and societal context of Clinton's welfare reform.

Nov 10, 2009

MO articulates church support for 2009 anti-discrimination laws in housing and employment.

2011

Academic overview of pre-Proclamation political context

2011

Report on social science of marriage

Apr 2012

DSB says single parents fulfill both father and mother roles and how God blesses single parents.

Nov 4, 2014

The Church institutes "The Eternal Family" as one of the new core classes for the Church Education System.

Nov 18, 2014

HBE speaks of the benefits of complementary gender differences within marriage.

2015

SM and IS review the social science on marriage and child wellbeing (2015).

Sep 30, 2017

DHO offers an account of the Proclamation

2018

LGW worked in writing amici curiae for Hawaii same-sex marriage case

Apr 2019

NLA states that God's law defines marriage as between a man and a woman; the "law of chastity" is "the Lord's standard."

Jun 2019

Statistics on opioid and suicide epidemic

Aug 5, 2019

Church historian Snow comments on writing of race/priesthood essay.

Oct 19, 2019

Suicide on the rise since 2007.

Feb 25, 2020

WBW reviews the social science of marriage and family.

Apr 2020

JBB says that "innate [sex] differences" are "equally valued" and Satan is the source of feelings of superiority or inferiority.

Apr 2020

DHO speaks of our premortal existence and the Council in Heaven.

Oct 22, 2020

NR highlights housing difficulties for families over the past 20 years

May 28, 2021

TRC connects social ills to failure to live Proclamation