With all due respect to all of the members of this list, as well as to the Priesthood
leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; of which currently it
has many legal experts presiding and sustained in the positions of general authorities:
This conversation, if allowed to be presented, in my opinion (based on being an expert
witness), has absolutely nothing to do with "free agency", church policy, or ego trips
concerning who is right and who is wrong and who should make the correct decision.
It pertains only to the principles concerning what is right and what is wrong for eternity.
It has to do with what is admissible as contested evidence in an adversarial court of law.
On this earth, no name, in and of itself, can be presented, in the very first place, into
record, without source
documentation. I would suggest placing Temple Ordinance Work
to the name makes no difference. However, all names, with some form of written or
recorded sources, weak or strong, oral or certified, stamped or validated, have standing.
So the issue is basic, simple and to the point. If the Lord did instruct Joseph Smith, Jr.,
in the particular and exacting requirements of dual or more verification requirements for
all LDS Temple Ordnance Work, to assure its acceptability before the Priesthood Courts
in Heaven, it is an absolute given that the said person's name must surely be validated
by the same form of witnesses by documentation, irrespective of the degree of certitude.
Corrections can be made after the fact, in eternity, as time rolls on, when documented.
Why, because people do not really die. They are alive and well and know all the facts.
Nothing is lost. Not even a sparrow in flight is
unnoticed. Documents will be sanctified.
I do not believe that heaven is a candy coated, sugar and spice nice place, with no need
to worry about testings and trials. There was a war before we came to earth. We fought.
But the fight goes on. Job found that out, in an exceedingly, highly contested contest.
Records created that are inadmissible on earth, make heavenly saints a laughingstock.
They will not be allowed or tolerated upon the Records in Heaven; justly, they are not valid.
Thomas Milton Tinney, Sr.
Genealogical Research Specialist
When the Lord gives us our agency, He also attaches consequences. That is
the one major feature that seems to be missing from the current open-edit
implementation of Family Tree--there are no consequences for abuse of agency in
Agency isn't the freedom to "do whatever you want" without
consequences. Agency is the freedom to choose between right and wrong, and
you get the consequences of whatever you choose.
Obviously I'm not trying to preach a gospel sermon here, but to draw a
comparison. It's not curtailing someone's freedom to have checks and balances in
Family Tree, any more than it is to have commandments, temple recommend
interviews, etc., for the Lord's followers.
Family Tree would be more analogous to the gospel if it were, as Terry
said, a teaching tool with standards. I think we've been so afraid of "scaring"
people away from genealogy that we might be trying too hard to be like the
"friendly" church that serves coffee & donuts to get people to come, and
only preaches feel-good sermons that don't mention commandments so as not to
offend anyone :)