Civil Marriage

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msanderson
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Civil Marriage

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Can a minister from another faith preform a marriage in an LDS building?
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You got me on that one. I'm not finding anything prohibiting it, but it sure seems like something about allowing other faiths to use the building would be addressed somewhere.

Closest I can come is Handbook 2: 21.3.7, "Other Faiths".

A few things I did find: The handbook says the wedding is to be simple. A wedding march is not appropriate. No video or pictures if done in the chapel. (Handbook 1: 3.5.3).

(Prohibited): "Hosting speakers or instructors who are paid a fee" (Handbook 2: 21.2, Item #5)

Some of these restrictions could settle the issue.
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davesudweeks
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And I would highly advise clearing it with your Stake President.
silus99
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Funerals held in the church are considered a church meeting and require the Bishop or his counselor to conduct. If the family has the meeting outside the church then they can choose who conducts and presides. I would assume the same policy would apply for a wedding. I agree though, since it is not explicit you should ask the Stake President.
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ccordoba24
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yeah, stake president can or could approve it as a part of his get along with neighbours policy...

They haven´t had weddings here in my building -although its illegal anyway in this country- but they have had an elementary school holding class here for nearly a year when their buildings burnt down (vandals) and they regularly have the red cross and others come in for blood collection days, typically Saturdays. So I don´t see why they couldn`t accept a wedding as a one off things as long as it helps the Mormons-Others relationships... but each stake president would have decide on that one I supoose.
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I am an authorised officer for weddings who has to be on site (UK) as well as the Bishop.I fill in the registers and all other documentation. No Minister from anotherfaith can undertake weddings or Funerals in a meetinghouse. As to the wedding march,this does not mean the bride walking down the isle to "Hear come the bride" or some other music. It would appear that some brides actually marched down the isle
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