LDS Church's Policy Regarding The Family and Temple Weddings
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for promoting strong family ties and advertises itself as such.
The signers of this petition agree that the current policy of the LDS Church which allows only LDS Church Members in good standing to attend their LDS family-member or loved-one's temple wedding is not only cruel and divisive, but in direct conflict with the LDS Church's heavily advertised and marketed pro-family stance.
We believe there have been hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of God's children whose hearts have been broken as they have been excluded by the LDS Church from attending their loved-one's temple wedding.
We urge and exhort leaders of the LDS church to earnestly and prayerfully reconsider this policy, a policy which needlessly breaks the hearts of thousands of LDS and non-LDS families alike each year, including the hearts of parents who have spent a lifetime of love and sacrifice raising their children, only to be excluded from the most important and most anticipated day of their children's lives.
The result of this divisive policy which we believe to be anti-family is heartache, despair, resentment and anger---emotions which are certainly inconsistent with the mission of any Christian church, particularly one that promotes strong family values.
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We the undersigned believe the LDS Church's policy allowing only LDS church members who are baptized into the LDS Faith and in 'good standing' to attend their child's (or other loved-one) temple wedding to be not only cruel and divisive, but in direct conflict with the church's advertised pro-family stance.
We exhort and admonish leaders of the LDS Church to earnestly and prayerfully reconsider this policy, a policy which breaks the hearts of many thousands of non-LDS and LDS family members and loved ones alike each year, particularly parents who have spent a lifetime of love and sacrifice raising their children, only to be excluded from the most important and most anticipated day of their children's lives.
We believe that the result of this exclusion is heartache, despair, resentment and anger---resultant emotions which are certainly inconsistent with the mission with mission of any Christian Church, particularly one that so openly promotes strong family values as the LDS Church does.
It is our fervent hope and prayer that this policy, which has resulted in needless pain and suffering for possibly millions of God's children over the last several decades be amended to allow attendance of LDS temple weddings by all loved ones, regardless of religious status or affiliation.
Thank you for taking the time consider our petition.