1415Doing the work (was: ? on reserving ordin)
- Jul 31, 2013I thought I better change the subject line before the conversation deviated
Brother Tom-- I applaud your desire to do things as correct as possible.
Certainly doing things as *complete* as possible should be the standard we
strive for. It is NOT however, the requirement for submitting names to the
temple, nor I doubt, is having everyone's name/pob, death/pod, marriage/pob
event filled out the only fulfillment of having a book worthy of all
acceptation (in fact, I would disagree strongly on your interpretation of
that scripture, but that is an entirely different conversation.)
President Ezra Taft Benson made it clear that the *minimum** *acceptable
information for a family group to be submitted was a *single* qualifying
event for the entire family. One doesn't even need the names of both
parents. Now, does that mean that we should rest there and submit the
majority of the family blank? Of course not !!
But neither should we revert back to the standard in the 1940s (yes, I'm
old enough) when the standard was: a specific birth date (or christening)
and place, a specific death (or burial) and place, a specific marriage date
and place, and TWO PIECES OF MATCHING DOCUMENTATION for each event (and I
mean, the spelling could not be off one iota), or the work could not be
That's how I ended up with 165,000 names which need to be input, verified,
compared and done. I'm sure you have had enough experiences with those on
the other side of the veil to know they care more about accepting their
ordinance work, than whether or not you have a specific death date & place
when you know they were born 2 Apr 1836 in New York City, New York, New
My point in this is, it is great that you have a personal standard of
completeness. I agree with you that we should strive for that rather than
send in records wily niley, or worse, blank. But I disagree that we should
present that opinion to others as doctrine, when President Benson directed
A case in point.
I have an acquaintance in a former ward whose parents when he was small (4
or 5) were involved with the mob. He *saw* them taken away at gunpoint.
They never returned. A few weeks later, his mother's body was found on a
deserted road out in the desert. His father's body has never been found. A
decade+ later, this young man joined the church. Post mission and marriage
(so we are now 35+ years after the event) he had a desire to do his
parent's temple work.
A well meaning, but ignorant, FHC worker told him that *without proof of
death* his father's work could not be done. Now you and I know that is *
technically* true. It is also extremely unlikely given the circumstances
and the fact they were dealing with the mob, that his father is alive. This
same person overstepped his/her authority and then told him EVEN IF he had
his father declared dead, that because *there was no body*, the work could
not be done.
To this day (we are now 50 years after the fact), this poor man has still
not had his work done (the member finally relented and did his mother's
work without his father, he wanted to do them both at the same time.) He
lives without being sealed to his parents (despite having dream visits from
both of them), and all the blessings which flow from that. All because some
FHC consultant decided to lay down his/her opinion as doctrine.
I think most members find family history daunting enough that we don't need
to add more obstacles in their path.
But that's just my *opinion.*
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