The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced updates to 15 chapters of its general handbook as well as significant changes to five of the chapters on July 31.

The Church had previously announced updates to “General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” in February and March of this year.


“To date, 16 of the book’s 38 chapters have been completely reworked, and minor changes have been made to several other chapters as part of an ongoing revision under the direction of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” according to a press release from the Church.

The Church also made adjustments to the policies in Chapter 38, “Church Policies and Guidelines,” including updates to the entries on birth control, donating or selling sperm or eggs, fertility treatments, the occult, sex education, suicide and surrogate motherhood, and an additional entry on medical marijuana.

Church updates to general handbook include sections on medical marijuana, suicide