Unnecessary Exclusion

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

When I was married to my wife, her brother was not worthy to attend.  Also, My father did not have a recommend to attend, and my brother was on his way out of the church and attended in less than respectful circumstances.  None let me know out of fear they would “spoil” my wedding, but all were excluded in some fashion. After having left the church, I felt the sting of being excluded from the ceremony as I became an unasked...

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My Story

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Seventeen years ago I was married in the Salt Lake Temple.  I was an 18 year old bride, my husband to be was 20.  Just a year and a half earlier my parents 24 year marriage had ended in a nasty divorce that left my family in shambles.  My husband had returned home from a mission early because of health problems and the rumors and stress of the situation had made things difficult for him.  We had been dating for 3 years and even though our lives...

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My Wedding vs My Siblings’ Weddings

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I am the eldest of 5. Born-in-the-covenant, life-long LDS family, multi-generational on both sides. I was the first to get married, but as I was inactive, my fiance and I were married in a backyard ceremony by the bishop. All my friends and family were able to be there and share in the ceremony and the day. I quit going to church at 18, and formally resigned in 2010. My sister has never been endowed, but has remained a member. Neither of us...

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Regrets

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 1 comment

I converted to the LDS church at the age of 16, and so none of my family were members besides me. When I got married at age 20, I thought my only option was to get sealed in the temple and have a small ring ceremony afterwards for my family. I wished that I could have a civil ceremony instead and wait the necessary year to get sealed, but I never even brought it up because I was told over and over that the only way to do it “right”...

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Please Change The Policy of Civil Marriages

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog, Letters | 0 comments

Dear First Presidency: I was raised in a part member family in eastern Canada.  My mother was not a member of the church and all three of her children, including myself, were married in temple.  She was excluded from all three weddings.  Not only was she devastated but it basically destroyed my parents’ marriage.  My mother was so sad and so embarassed she had to tell her friends that she could not attend her children’s weddings....

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