Temple Worship

First Presidency updates temple recommend questions to focus on the sacred privilege of wearing the temple garment

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Emphasizing the importance of the garment of the holy priesthood, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has alerted general and local Church leaders worldwide of changes to the temple recommend interview questions and the statement on the wearing of the temple garment.

“The garment of the holy priesthood is a sacred symbol of Jesus Christ and is a reminder of our covenant relationship with Him and Heavenly Father,” wrote President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring.

“As endowed members keep the covenants they have made, including the sacred privilege to wear the garment, they will have greater access to the Savior’s mercy, protection, strength, and power.”

With a subject title of “The Garment of the Holy Priesthood,” the Friday, April 12, letter was sent to general authorities and general officers; Area Seventies; stake mission and temple presidents; and bishops and branch presidents.

The letter also notes changes to two questions in the temple recommend interview—questions 13 and 14—as well as to the statement on wearing the temple garment. That statement is read by local leaders to members during the recommend interview and is designed to help all “better understand the importance of wearing the temple garment as instructed in the initiatory ordinances,” the letter stated.

The letter said the updated interview questions can be found at Leader and Clerk Resources at lcr.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, and it included a document titled “Updated Temple Recommend Questions” to be used by local units until updated temple recommend books are sent to units needing replacements.

You can read the letter in its entirety on Church News here.

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