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Church Updates Temple Worker Policies + Other Adjustments

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In a letter dated March 1, 2019, the temple department for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced three temple policy adjustments. The changes, as listed in the letter, are as follows:

  • Mothers with dependent children and brethren serving in certain callings may now serve as ordinance workers. Members should review their circumstances and avoid placing undue burdens on themselves or their families as they consider these service opportunities.
  • There will no longer be a veil worker calling. Accordingly, brethren who were previously designated to serve solely as veil workers will be released by the temple presidency. As their circumstances allow, these brethren may be called and set apart as ordinance workers and given a special assignment to serve at the veil.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used in the temple office for printing Family Ordinance Requests and family name cards. Otherwise, cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned off and placed in a locker while workers and patrons are in the temple.

These adjustments were created to “provide greater opportunities for members to receive the blessings of temple service, both as workers and as patrons.”

To become an ordinance worker in the temple, an interested person must first talk with their bishop to begin the recommendation process. You can learn more about Latter-day Saint temples here.

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