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First Presidency letter: Time-only marriages discontinued in temples

by | May 24, 2021

From the Church

In a May 24 letter addressed to General Authorities, General Officers, Area Seventies, stake, mission, district and temple presidents, and bishops and branch presidents, the First Presidency announced that time-only marriages would no longer be performed in the temple.

The letter, signed by Presidents Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, and Henry B. Eyring, reads: 

A temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the house of the Lord. It is a holy place of worship where individuals make sacred covenants with God and receive promised blessings. These covenants and blessings are eternal in nature.

Because of the eternal nature of the temple and the work that takes place there, it has been decided that time-only marriages in the temple will no longer be performed. In the case where a couple desires to be married civilly and where a sealing is not contemplated or possible, the couple is encouraged to invite their bishop or stake president—where it is legal—to officiate at the marriage ceremony.

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