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Apr. 20th, 2007 at 9:45 am
I’m reading a book about Mitt Romney,Â A Mormon in the White House, by Hugh Hewitt.Â Â Â Â Mr. Hewitt is a non-Mormon who likes us :).Â I’m barely into it, you guys, I’m running a million miles an hour these days and I have so little time for blogging.
Â But I’ve read something that struck me: Brother Romney was married first in a nice civil wedding so that his wife’s family could see them be married, then they flew to Salt Lake and were sealed in the temple the next day.Â I think it was in 1978.
Â I recall us talking about it somewhere on the blog and the generalÂ understanding was that the church had discontinued this policy.Â
Â So I called Church headquarters and after being re-directed to the Office of the First Presidency, presented this question.Â The secretary (rather coldly, I thought) told me I should call my stake president or bishop and ask them this question.Â I called my bishop and he said he didn’t think there was anything prohibiting this practice in the handbook, but that he would check and get back to me.
Â I will report back to you, but in the meantime, is anyone aware of the policy?Â Has anyone experienced this first hand?
I think it’s awesome if couples can do this and I hope it’s allowed.Â I don’t think it detracts in any wayÂ from the sacredness of the temple ceremony.Â Plus I think it will do much more good than harm in terms of good will.Â I’m keeping my fingers crossed.