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There has been a modicum of chatter about this over on the thoughts on general conference thread, but I thought the subject merited it’s own thread. 
 

In particular, I’m looking for a side-by-side comparison between the way things were before and what has been changed. I’m also interested in between-the-lines perspectives about what and why. 

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Hamba does it better below...

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See Hamba’s post

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Anything that was new was really nothing new except that it is now part of the Temple Recommend questions.  Before these new ones the last one pretty much covered those already.

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1 minute ago, Calm said:

Old ones from FM site:

  1. Do you have faith in and a testimony of God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost?
  2. Do you have a testimony of the Atonement of Christ and of His role as Savior and Redeemer?
  3. Do you have a testimony of the restoration of the gospel in these the latter days?
  4. Do you sustain the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys? Do you sustain members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators? Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local authorities of the Church?
  5. Do you live the law of chastity?
  6. Is there anything in your conduct relating to members of your family that is not in harmony with the teachings of the Church?
  7. Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
  8. Do you strive to keep the covenants you have made, to attend your sacrament and other meetings, and to keep your life in harmony with the laws and commandments of the gospel?
  9. Are you honest in your dealings with your fellowmen?
  10. Are you a full-tithe payer?
  11. Do your keep the Word of Wisdom?
  12. Do you have financial or other obligations to a former spouse or children? If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?
  13. If you have previously received your temple endowment: 1) Do you keep the covenants that you made in the temple? 2) Do you wear the garment both night and day as instructed in the endowment and in accordance with the covenant you made in the temple?
  14. Have there been any sins or misdeeds in your life that should have been resolved with priesthood authorities but have not been?
  15. Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord's house and participate in temple ordinances?

 

One that definitely stands out is the wearing of the garment. I saw a rumor going around that they are going to discontinue having members wear garments. That would shock me if true. In the rumor they said that they are letting the garments go out of stock or something. 

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9 minutes ago, JAHS said:

Anything that was new was really nothing new except that it is now part of the Temple Recommend questions.  Before these new ones the last one pretty much covered those already.

Except cleanliness and sabbath

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7 minutes ago, Tacenda said:

 In the rumor they said that they are letting the garments go out of stock or something. 

There are several old styles discontinued, but taking the leap from there to all garments is ridiculous when there are plenty of new styles available...though some may take longer to get when ordered online, so it is possible they weren’t  in stock in stores when those assuming all garments are being discontinued visited their local store. 

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Hamba’s Way of doing it is better, color isn’t offered on my phone.  Deleted mine so people didn’t use mine before they saw his. 

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Do you strive for moral cleanliness in your thoughts and behavior?

"STRIVE" not perfect but STRIVE.

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4 minutes ago, provoman said:

Do you strive for moral cleanliness in your thoughts and behavior?

"STRIVE" not perfect but STRIVE for it.

Interesting.  Thanks for pointing that out.  I always felt uncomfortable answering “yes” or “no” to the old question “are you honest in your dealings with your fellowmen”?  I always thought a more honest answer, and the one I always responded with, was, “I try to be”.  That question has also been updated to a better phrasing as well.

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17 minutes ago, Hamba Tuhan said:

Interlinear comparisons (with updates in red) in case that helps:

1. Do you have faith in and a testimony of God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost?

1. Do you have faith in and a testimony of God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost?

 

2. Do you have a testimony of the Atonement of Christ and of His role as Savior and Redeemer?

2. Do you have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of His role as your Savior and Redeemer?

 

3. Do you have a testimony of the restoration of the gospel in these the latter days?

3. Do you have a testimony of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

 

4. Do you sustain the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys? Do you sustain members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators? Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local authorities of the Church?

4. Do you sustain the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the prophet, seer, and revelator and as the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys? Do you sustain the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators? Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local leaders of the Church?

 

5. Do you live the law of chastity?

5. The Lord has said that all things are to be “done in cleanliness” before Him (Doctrine and Covenants 42:41). Do you strive for moral cleanliness in your thoughts and behavior? Do you obey God’s law of chastity?

 

6. Is there anything in your conduct relating to members of your family that is not in harmony with the teachings of the Church?

6. Do you follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ in your private and public behavior with members of your family and others?

 

7. Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

7. Do you support or promote any teachings, practices, or doctrine contrary to those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

 

8. Do you strive to keep the covenants you have made, to attend your sacrament and other meetings, and to keep your life in harmony with the laws and commandments of the gospel?

8. Do you strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, both at home and at church; attend your meetings; prepare for and worthily partake of the sacrament; and live your life in harmony with the laws and commandments of the gospel?

 

9. Are you honest in your dealings with your fellowmen?

9. Do you strive to be honest in all that you do?

 

10. Are you a full-tithe payer?

10. Are you a full-tithe payer?

 

11. Do your keep the Word of Wisdom?

11. Do you understand and obey the Word of Wisdom?

 

12. Do you have financial or other obligations to a former spouse or children? If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?

12. Do you have any financial or other obligations to a former spouse or to children? If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?

 

13. Do you keep the covenants that you made in the temple? Do you wear the garment both night and day as instructed in the endowment and in accordance with the covenant you made in the temple?

13. Do you keep the covenants that you made in the temple, including wearing the temple garment as instructed in the endowment?

 

14. Have there been any sins or misdeeds in your life that should have been resolved with priesthood authorities but have not been?

14. Are there serious sins in your life that need to be resolved with priesthood authorities as part of your repentance?

 

15. Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord's house and participate in temple ordinances?

15. Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord’s house and participate in temple ordinances?

 

Personally, I find these clarifications self-explanatory and, having given dozens of such interviews, welcome them. No doubt some others will disagree ...

This is superb! Thanks. 

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27 minutes ago, mfbukowski said:

Except cleanliness and sabbath

How does  "Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord's house and participate in temple ordinances?" not include keeping the sabbath day holy and moral cleanliness?

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28 minutes ago, Calm said:

 

Nevermind

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Thanks @Hamba Tuhan for the list of changes. 

I agree... having both asked and been asked these questions more times than I care to count, I think these are all great clarifications. 

The new #6 and #7 will be especially helpful when interviewing youth. 

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Just now, JAHS said:

How does  "Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord's house and participate in temple ordinances?" not include keeping the sabbath day holy and moral cleanliness?

Gosh, just ask the one question then, it sums them all up. 

Why have all the others??

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5 hours ago, SteveO said:

Interesting.  Thanks for pointing that out.  I always felt uncomfortable answering “yes” or “no” to the old question “are you honest in your dealings with your fellowmen”?  I always thought a more honest answer, and the one I always responded with, was, “I try to be”.  That question has also been updated to a better phrasing as well.

Some object to the traditional term “fellowmen” as a generic term to refer to all people. The new wording obviates that problem. 

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3 minutes ago, Scott Lloyd said:

Some object to the traditional term “fellowmen” as a generic term to refer to all people. The new term obviates that problem. 

Probably not a hill they were willing to die on in 2019...

 

I do like the new way it is phrased though

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53 minutes ago, Hamba Tuhan said:

5. Do you live the law of chastity?

5. The Lord has said that all things are to be “done in cleanliness” before Him (Doctrine and Covenants 42:41). Do you strive for moral cleanliness in your thoughts and behavior? Do you obey God’s law of chastity?

I think this is a bit of a change that might make a difference.

Technically the law of Chastity is about sexual relations, now this I would think covers porn and associated behaviors more clearly 

And it also goes to being honest with yourself. Breaking the law of Chastity starts with a thought 

But it might cause confusion between immoral thoughts and temptations. I can see that happening too

 

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I have usually answered #4 with : Yes, as far as they are translated correctly" Sometimes the questioner laughs... sometimes not. 

As for #7, given that we here are often arguing over what is and what isn't doctrine... nuance should be allowed. 

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The change I am happy about is on the honesty question. I like that it now asks if we "strive to" be honest in all our dealings. I used to dislike responding to that question when it said "Are you honest in all your dealings?" because that "all" was too absolute for my liking. I'm not sure honesty is an area many have perfected, even when they are doing a great job at it.

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1 hour ago, Hamba Tuhan said:

7. Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

7. Do you support or promote any teachings, practices, or doctrine contrary to those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Well, I'm in trouble now.  Although I disagree with this change.  Which I suppose also puts me in trouble.

And probably half the membership too I suppose.   Unless we all only support the official version of every single doctrine...

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34 minutes ago, mfbukowski said:

Gosh, just ask the one question then, it sums them all up. 

Why have all the others??

Maybe this was sarcastic, but I kinda agree haha 

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Just now, JLHPROF said:

Well, I'm in trouble now.  Although I disagree with this change.  Which I suppose also puts me in trouble.

And probably half the membership too I suppose.   Unless we all only support the official version of every single doctrine...

The original one made me antsy. Because I do “affiliate” with “apostate” groups. Do I openly teach or believe the things they teach? Of course not. However, I do have friends and such that I talk to regularly and appreciate their doctrinal insights.

 

I know for a fact I also hold beliefs that aren’t taught openly by the church, or maybe even clash with some of the currently taught doctrine. I don’t openly teach it, but I believe it. So techicnally I couldn’t answer yes to that question. The new question eases me a little haha

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