Both my wife and I grew up in homes where we were not permitted to play with face cards. We were told that the prophet had counseled us to stay away from them. I was curious as to who and when it was said and found the following quotes from a search of "playing cards" at lds.org:
- Elder Oaks, in 1972, stated: "One type of gambling that has been vigorously criticized by our leaders is card playing. Cards may, of course, be played without playing for money, but the relationship between card playing and gambling is so close and the practice of card playing itself partakes of so many of the disadvantages of gambling that card playing has come under condemnation regardless of whether or not gambling is involved."
- Elder Widtsoe's comments in 1943 could clarify this, if Elder Oak's opinion doesn't override it: “It must be added that relaxation from the regular duties of the day is desirable and necessary for human well-being. Wholesome games of recreation are advocated by all right-minded people. Moreover, the … objections [to card playing] are not directed against the many and various card games on the market not employing the usual ‘playing cards.’ Most of these furnish innocent and wholesome recreation, and many are really instructive. It is true that they may be played to excess, but in fact it seldom happens. This is true even when such cards are used in games imitating those with ‘playing cards.’ It is true that such cards may be used for gambling purposes, but in fact it is almost never done. The pall of evil seems to rest upon the ‘playing cards’ handed down to us from antiquity” (Evidences and Reconciliations, Murray & Gee, 1943, pp. 218–19).
- Pres. Spencer W. Kimball, in Nov. 1974, said: "We hope faithful Latter-day Saints will not use the playing cards which are used for gambling, either with or without the gambling."
What do you all think of this? President Hinckley talked about gambling about 3 years ago in a Priesthood session of conference but didn't mention whether or not face cards could/shouldn't be used.
These other quotes are over 30 years old. Are they still valid today? Or is this a topic that shouldn't even be brought up. Please respond in the comments and poll.