Get married in the Mormon temple
When an LDS couple is married in an LDS temple, Mormon and non-Mormon relatives and friends who, for a variety of reasons do not possess the required ‘temple recommend’, are excluded from the ceremony. Also excluded are younger siblings, nephews and nieces, or possibly children of the bride or groom; in fact anyone who has not previously received their own “temple endowment”. Parents, grandparents and other loved ones and friends may be excluded from LDS marriage ceremonies by Church policy. Couples who choose to have a civil ceremony in order to have their loved ones present are penalized by the church by having to wait a full year to be able to have their marriage union “sealed” in the temple’s religious ritual. The one year wait appears to be a punishment for exercising their agency to choose to keep peace, love and harmony within their family. There are suitable alternatives to this exclusionary policy. Temple Wedding Petition
Get married in a traditional Civil ceremony
Family, isn’t it about time? Couples who choose to have a civil ceremony first with everyone included demonstrate their love and commitment to one another and their family. Church policy dictates that worthy Mormon couples who choose a civil marriage first outside of the temple are penalized with a one year wait before they can be “sealed” in the temple. This often leads to marital disharmony and is harsh for the couple and their loved ones who do not fit the ‘acceptable Mormon standards’ required for entrance into the temple wedding. The fact that in many other countries couples are required by the law to be married civil ceremony first and then have their union “sealed” in the temple religious ritual, indicates that doctrinally it can be practiced this way. There are suitable alternatives to this exclusionary policy. Temple Wedding Petition
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