Continuing the theme from last week on updating the 10 Commandments, how would you update the Temple Recommend question for the year 2020?
First we must define why these questions are even needed. D&C 97:15 says “do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that it be not defiled…”
Now that we have established the need for a temple recommend, keeping out the unclean, what questions would you have a bishop ask to make sure people are clean or qualified to enter the Temple? I’m intentionally not using the word “worthy”. As G. F. Erichsen wrote in a recent blog post at Still More To Say, the word worthy is the most problematic word in the Mormon vocabulary. Please read the whole post, but the summary is that the opposite of worthy is unworthy and worthless. Both of these can cause serious harm to our sense of inherent worth. He proposes that for the temple, we use the word qualified. To be unqualified to attend the temple should be no more harming to our sole than being unqualified to play tennis against Serena Williams, or fly an airplane
So, unlike last week when you pretended to be God, this week you are pretending to be Pres Nelson. What questions should be asked to ascertain that we are clean and qualified to enter the temple? Does not paying tithing make one unclean? The ground rules are that the LDS church has the right to define who is and is not qualified not be into the temple. Below are the current questions.
What would you ask?
- Do you have faith in and a testimony of God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost?
- Do you have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of His role as your Savior and Redeemer?
- Do you have a testimony of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
- 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 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?
- 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 the law of chastity?
- Do you follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ in your private and public behavior with members of your family and others?
- Do you support or promote any teachings, practices, or doctrine contrary to those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
- 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?
- Do you strive to be honest in all that you do?
- Are you a full-tithe payer?
- Do you understand and obey the Word of Wisdom?
- Do you have any financial or other obligations to a former spouse or to children?
If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?
- Do you keep the covenants that you made in the temple, including wearing the temple garment as instructed in the endowment?
- Are there serious sins in your life that need to be resolved with priesthood authorities as part of your repentance?
- Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord’s house and participate in temple ordinances?