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“The decision reached by the First Presidency, and announced to this morning’s assembly, was in answer to a specific question that obviously the doctrine of the existence of races of human beings upon the earth prior to the Fall of Adam was not a doctrine of the Church; and, further, that the conception embodied in the belief of many to the effect that there were no such Pre-Adamite races, and that there was no death upon the Earth prior to Adam’s fall is likewise declared to be no doctrine of the Church.”

~James E. Talmage (who worked with the First Presidency on the 1909 official doctrine statement opposing evolution), 7 April 1930, as quoted in Stephens and Meldrum, Evolution and Mormonism, page 45~