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About daz2

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  1. I am not sure where those sites got information about the formation, dissolution, and the like of church units. For whatever reason, the Church prefers to keep that information closely held, just like it keeps closely held information about many other things, like finances, membership activity, and the like.
  2. Are people saying that legal marriage for LDS purposes means civil law marriage, not common law marriage, even if, under the law, common law married people are just as married as civil law married people? Is there a handbook source that says that common law marriage (i.e., where the government recognizes the union as marriage) is not recognized by the LDS Church, and that people whose relationship is recognized by the government as common law married still have to go through a civil law process (i.e., formal license and ceremony)? (This was actually an issue that involved some people I knew in the U.S., and the stake presidents and bishops involved did not know of any church policy on the issue. I do not know what the final resolution was.)
  3. Common law marriage, as distinct from civil law marriage, has largely disappeared from the United States, although a few states still recognize it to one degree or another. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common-law_marriage_in_the_United_States#Utah This is an oversimplified summary, but civil law marriage means a marriage with a marriage license, formal ceremony, registration. Common law marriage does not require a license, ceremony or registration. Generally speaking it requires cohabiting for a period of time and usually it requires holding oneself out as "married." It looks like in various Canadian provinces, common law "marriage" or partnerships continues to exist and evolve, including things like "adult interdependent partnerships." In British Columbia, apparently a new law grants to common relationships all the rights and responsibilities of marriage, whether or not they hold themselves out or consider themselves "married" As I understand it, after two years of cohabitation a heterosexual couple has all the rights and responsibilities of marriage. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/4-myths-about-common-law-relationships-1.1315129 If this is correct, my question for my Canadian friends, or those familiar with Church operations in Canada, is how does the LDS Church view heterosexual common law marriage or relationships that have all or most of the rights and responsibilities of marriage? Are such couple eligible to be baptized without going through a civil law ceremony? May they be sealed in the temple with a civil law ceremony? Is a heterosexual common law marriage enough to be considered legally and lawfully wedded for LDS purposes? Or is there a policy at all?