Legal name used on the records

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wilkos
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Legal name used on the records

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Hi I’m going to be getting married soon and my future wife wants to keep her maiden name and use my surname on the church records and be known as my surname at stake / ward level. Will she need to do anything so we can be known as a brother and sister with the same surname
russellhltn
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General Handbook 33.6.1 states that the legal name is what should be used on the member's records. However, in the directory, people appear according to the Household name. As long as the clerk makes the household name your name, then that's how things will appear in the directory.

However, I think the RS class rolls will be under her maiden name.
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wilkos wrote: Thu Oct 27, 2022 1:50 pm Hi I’m going to be getting married soon and my future wife wants to keep her maiden name and use my surname on the church records and be known as my surname at stake / ward level. Will she need to do anything so we can be known as a brother and sister with the same surname
Your wife can have a preferred name on her membership which could reflect your surname, while keeping her legal name intact on her membership. Only leaders would see the legal name and only if they are looking at her membership information.
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garystroble wrote: Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:54 pm Your wife can have a preferred name on her membership
Does "preferred" include the last name? I didn't think it did, but I've been away from that for too long to be sure.
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garystroble
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russellhltn wrote: Thu Oct 27, 2022 9:04 pm
garystroble wrote: Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:54 pm Your wife can have a preferred name on her membership
Does "preferred" include the last name? I didn't think it did, but I've been away from that for too long to be sure.
Yes it can, for situations just like this one and also for others in foreign countries where the name situations are quite different than in the United States. There is a family or last name field in the preferred name boxes.
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