October 15th 2010, is the big day at 3:30pm at the Church Office Building in downtown Salt Lake City.
The time has arrived for delivery of the first batch of signed
petitions, along with their sorrowful stories of remorse for choosing to
leave loved ones out of their weddings rather than break the mold and
choose a civil wedding. There are stories too of those who would rather
wait the year than do anything to hurt their loved ones; knowing full
well that those same loved ones would submit their names for marriage
sealing, should any accident befall them before that year was complete.
We have received no response from our request to deliver, but feel sure
that the Church will not turn down the opportunity to receive requests
for help from well over 400 people from over 5 different countries, 26
States, several Canadian provinces and representing approximately 16
denominations; about 20% of whom are LDS. More precise figures will be
posted after the delivery as the names keep rolling in and we want them
to be up do date.
We will have news coverage for the event which is to be a peaceful and
dignified affair; befitting the seriousness of our request. Those who
feel that they would like to join us for the delivery please be at the
Church Office Building prior to 3:30pm; keeping in mind our stated
objective of a peaceful event.
Many thanks to all those who have been brave enough to step up to the
plate and let the Church leaders know the pain they are causing by this
We have not received any confirmation reply back from the leadership of the LDS Church from the letter sent June 19th, 2010. As the October 15th date for delivering the petition to Church Headquarters is fast approaching, we have written another letter to the leadership. Click on the linnk below to view this letter.
The Temple Wedding Petition coordinators and website administrator sent a letter to President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 19, 2010. It is done so with the hope of placing the temple marriage policy directly in front of him for consideration before we approach the media for coverage, if necessary, of the hand delivery of the petition in October. Click on the links below to view the documents in JPG format.
As of August 5th, neither President Monson or any Church leader has responded to the letter. ____________________________________________________________________________________
The Arizona Republic has published a story about Cheri Richardson and her personal family story of non-mormon's being excluded from her son's wedding.
Also, Benee Kent from the Exmo Radio Show blog has interviewed petition coordinators Jean and Michelle and the podcast is archived and available online. Click the radio show link above.
An advance press release was distributed to media outlets informing them of the petition effort. Click on read me to view the news release.
The following are three letters of correspondence between Elder L. Tom Perry
earlier this year regarding the church's hurtful practice of excluding
non-Mormon family from weddings. He completely ignores a specific statement, not requesting that non-Mormons be allowed to enter
the temple, simply that the one year waiting period for sealing in the temple for LDS couples who wed civil first be done away with. Click on the links below to read an official response from the LDS Church.
The folllowing podcast is featured on Mormon Expression podcast website. It's an interview conducted by John Larsen with petition coordinators Jean Bodie and Michelle Spencer. Click the link below to download and listen to the broadcast or click the link above to visit the website and listen online to podcast #34.
To view a video below, simple click on the links. Please be patient as each video load takes a few moments. We invite your feedback or questions as it relates to these video presentations. If you have a question you'd like to ask Jean or Michelle, please contact us.
The following video is about what inspired the temple wedding petition.