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Membership Status and Mormon Church

August 27, 1993

Re "Annul and Void," Aug. 20: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places great importance on marriage and family relationships.

Marriage partners are encouraged to work together to try to solve any problems that are interfering with the family's happiness and stability.

The church also recognizes that there are instances where divorce will occur.

In such instances, church members do not automatically lose their membership status.

A marriage partner's membership may be affected when he or she has been involved in a serious moral transgression such as abuse or adultery.

KEITH J. ATKINSON

California Director

Public Affairs

Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints

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