Recently the importance of knowing and following Temple Policies has been reinforced when we heard the sad consequences of not following the policies.
I think all Priesthood leaders. FH Consultants and FH Centre Directors should have a copy of the following document:
- Go to the Help Centre at the new FamilySearch web site and search for “Temple Policies.”
- Select the document entitled “What temple ordinances can I do? What are the policies?”
- Go to the top left of the page and click on “Add to Favourites” so that you have a link to the document in your Favourites window every time you go to the Help Centre.
- You can also print the 7 page document (there is a print icon in the top right hand corner of the document) or copy and paste the contents into a word processor and save it. Note that this is the 4 February 2010 version. Check back periodically to see that you have the latest copy.
Let’s use the document to answer some questions:
1. What is the 95 year rule?
“For individuals born within the last 95 years, permission from the closest living relative is required” (in section 4 For Whom Can I Do Ordinances).
“To do ordinances for a deceased person born in the last 95 years, please obtain permission and honor the wishes of close relatives. Relatives may not want the ordinances performed or may want to do the ordinances themselves. The closest living relatives are, in this order: an undivorced spouse (the spouse to whom the individual was married when he or she died), an adult child, a parent, or a brother or sister.” (in Section 7 Permission To Do Ordinances)
Is this important? How would you feel if you found out that someone had done the temple work for your mother and never contacted you? What if not following this policy brings the name of the church into ill repute?
2. Who should you be doing temple work for?
“Church members are responsible to provide temple ordinances for the following individuals who have been deceased at least one year, without regard to worthiness, mental ability, or cause of death:
- Immediate family members.
- Direct-line ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., and their families).”
Church members may also provide temple ordinances for the following family members who have been deceased at least one year. For individuals born within the last 95 years, permission from the closest living relative is required. (See section 7, Permission to Do Ordinances)
- Biological, adoptive, and foster family lines connected to their family.
- Collateral family lines (uncles, aunts, cousins, and their families).
- Descendants of direct-line ancestors and their families.
- Possible ancestors. These are individuals who have a probable family relationship that cannot be verified because the records are inadequate. These may include individuals who had the same last name and resided in the same small geographic areas as known ancestors.
- Close friends. This is an exception to the rule that members should submit only the names of individuals of their own family and ancestors. Before performing ordinances for a friend, a member should obtain permission from the individual’s closest living relative.
“Church members should not submit individuals that they are not related to (with the exception of close friends as described above). This includes:
- Famous people.
- Those gathered from unapproved extraction projects.
- Jewish Holocaust victims. Members cannot do the ordinances for Jewish Holocaust victims except under the following conditions:
- They are an immediate family member of the deceased (defined as parents, spouse, or children), or
- They have permission of all living immediate family members, or
- They have permission of the closest living relative if no immediate family members are living.
Pre-1500 names. Because there is already much duplication, members can submit names of persons who lived before 1500 A. D. only by contacting FamilySearch Support at firstname.lastname@example.org . This does not apply to individuals born before A.D. 1500 in China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, or Malaysia, who may be submitted without permission.
(Source: Section 4 For Whom Can I Do Ordinances)
There is much more in this document! Make sure you use it to answer questions and to teach.
Please follow and teach ward members to follow Temple Policies