Temple Work in Connection with the Church Security Program

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We’ve mentioned numerous times that early in the 20th century it was common practice to pay small sums of cash to Latter-day Saints who served as temple proxies who were working in behalf of those not related to them. That is, Latter-day Saints who had the responsibility to see that temple work was completed for their kindred dead, but who did not live near temples or had more work to do than they could accomplish themselves, paid a small fee to others to do that work for them. These others were chiefly the elderly who appreciated both the value of temple service and the opportunity to help support themselves financially.

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