The following letter was read to members of the Church in the United States on March 5, 2000:
The United States Constitution mandates that a census be counted every ten years. This census is used to determine the makeup of state legislatures, local school boards, and other government bodies and to determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition community leaders use census numbers to design programs and provide services for the social and economic needs of the people. The Church also uses census data for planning purposes.
The Census Bureau will soon deliver census questionnaires to every household in America. We urge all members to respond to them in an accurate and timely manner. It is an important obligation of all citizens to be counted in the census.
The First Presidency