Support Families by Letting All Loved Ones Witness a Marriage

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog, Letters | 4 comments

Dear First Presidency, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. As a lifetime member of the Church, I want to express my concern, along with the concern of countless others, about civil marriages and temple sealings in the LDS Church. I am hopeful that you will consider this letter, and what I have to say, with open hearts and minds. For the past three months I have been reading stories from around the world about different wedding...

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Please Prayerful Consider Changing this Policy

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

As a young single adult the policy of waiting a year after a civil marriage to be sealed hits close to home.  I am currently dating a girl who may be the one.  We have talked about getting married.  My girlfriend is more of a believing member than I am but we are both active.  Frankly, this policy does not make sense to either of us. As the son of a CES family, I have been taught the difference between doctrine and policy.  I understand that...

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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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Wedding Policy

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Blog, Letters | 0 comments

Dear First Presidency, I would like to ask that we as a church be more understanding and inclusive in our marriage policy. I understand that this is a sensitive topic but I would hope that we be more open towards changing the exclusionary nature of our current policy of not allowing a sealing to take place within a year of a civil marriage in the United States, Canada and South Africa. This would allow greater familial understanding and avoid...

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Please consider changing the policy

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Blog, Letters | 14 comments

Dear First Presidency, I am writing about the one-year waiting period between temple sealings and civil weddings, as is currently the practice in U.S. and Canada. I respectfully request that you inquire of the Lord whether this policy can be changed. This policy has caused me personal pain, and caused pain to many of my friends and family. I have been an active member my whole adult life. I have held a temple recommend since I turned 12 until...

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Please end the 12-month waiting period

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Blog, Letters | 0 comments

Dear President Monson, I was raised in the Church, served a faithful mission, married my wife of 29 years in the Salt Lake City Temple, and we have six children born in the covenant. I plead with you to revoke the policy of making couples wait 12 months to be sealed if they choose to marry civilly first. The policy seems to have arisen in the 60′s and its motivation is unclear.  To the rest of the world, the policy appears to be about...

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