Mormon Church Changes Their Stanch On Marriages!

Dave Bartosiewicz – May 6, 2019

From a Mormon Perspective, Why It Is An Improvement For Families

Couples Married Civilly Now Authorized for Immediate Temple Marriage

May 6, 2019 – Salt Lake City | News Release

[Ednote: My first thought, when I read this news, the Temple is secret. How are they going to handle families who are not even members at the Temple ceremony. This article explains what they are allowing couples to do.  Knowing what I know, the couple will both be of good standing as Mormons, go to all the meetings and tithe, 10% plus.  That is a requirement for a Temple Recommend which hasn’t changed.  Until that is accomplished, they will not be able to have a civil marriage ceremony.]

Couples Married Civilly Now Authorized for Immediate Temple Marriage New policy sets single global standard

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday that a civil marriage between a man and a woman will no longer necessitate waiting a year for that couple to be married (or sealed) in a temple. The change means Latter-day Saint couples can look forward to a temple marriage as soon as their circumstances permit.

The new policy sets a single global standard for Latter-day Saints around the world. The Church has observed this practice for many years in more than half of the countries where the worldwide faith resides. In those countries, couples are required by law to marry civilly first.

“Where possible, leaders should encourage couples to be both married and sealed in the temple,” says a First Presidency letter to Church leaders around the world. “Where a licensed marriage is not permitted in the temple, or when a temple marriage would cause parents or immediate family members to feel excluded, a civil ceremony followed by a temple sealing is authorized.” The First Presidency also stated, “This change in policy should not be interpreted as lessening the emphasis on the temple sealing. The sealing of a husband and wife in the temple is of eternal significance and a crowning experience on the covenant path.” (Download the full letter and Q&A enclosure.)

Church spokeswoman Irene Caso, who is from Madrid, Spain, shared her excitement and personal experience related to this new policy. “In 2005, my husband and I were married. We had a beautiful civil ceremony on the afternoon of December 15 at a city hall. Later that day, in a more private setting, we were sealed in the Madrid Spain Temple. After going to the temple, we all celebrated with music and dance. Most of my immediate family and friends are not members of our faith, so it was especially meaningful for us to have them witness our civil union and help them feel included in the festivities of the day. These changes announced today will bring the same happy and memorable experience to many families throughout the Church.”

The Church asks that these civil marriage ceremonies be simple and dignified. Couples may use chapels owned by the Church for these ceremonies. Regardless of location, the temple sealing should be the central focus of the marriage and provide the spiritual basis on which the couple begins life together.

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