TFP statement on proxy temple ordinance policies.

Mar 2, 2012
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First Presidency

First Presidency Issues Direction on Names Submitted for Temple Ordinances, Church Newsroom, March 2, 2012

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First Presidency, Thomas S. Monson, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Henry B. Eyring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a letter on 29 February reiterating policies concerning submission of names for proxy temple ordinances.

The Letter will be read to all Church congregations worldwide. The letter states:

We would like to reiterate the policies first stated in 1995 concerning the submission of names for proxy temple ordinances:

Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors. Those whose names are submitted for proxy temple ordinances should be related to the submitter.

Without exception, Church members must not submit for proxy temple ordinances any names from unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims. If members do so, they may forfeit their New FamilySearch privileges. Other corrective action may also be taken.

Members are encouraged to participate in FamilySearch indexing which is vital to family history and temple work.

Bishops are asked to post this letter on their meetinghouse bulletin boards. Church members may seek the assistance of the family history consultants in their area for additional information, if needed. Name submission policies are also clearly stated on

We appreciate the faithful adherence to these policies by all members of the Church.

Sincerely yours,

Thomas S. Monson Henry B. Eyring Dieter F. Uchtdorf The First Presidency

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