After a Sacrament Service including a Returning Missionary of our Family, before family members left the chapel, I took pictures of various family members, so I could share them with the Missionary's Parents, who are out of the country themselves on a Mission. I felt it would be wonderful for them to see who in the family was there for the "report." The handbook, as worded, seems to say that "under no circumstances" are photos to be taken in the Chapel, before, during, or after a meeting. There appear to be no exceptions. Does that mean that a Chapel is like the Temple? No photos in the Chapel because it is "sacred space" as much as is the Temple? Is there a "spirit of the law" in this policy? I can stand in the foyer and take pictures of the Chapel. It seems to me that the INTENT of the policy is really saying: No photos are to be taken in the Chapel during a meeting."
It seems to me that no photographs in the Chapel at any time is an extreme interpretation of the stated policy.
By the way, I am the Ward Historian. I've taken photos of our lovely Chapel interior for our Ward History. What would a history be like that didn't include photos of where our Ward events happen! The Chapel itself is an important part of our history: hence, photos.
Who is in charge of the policies in the Handbook? How do you contact them?
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I'll refer you to 0.3 of the Handbook:
Questions about Instructions
Leaders who have questions about information in the handbooks or about issues that are not addressed should direct the questions to their immediate presiding authority.
Hmmm. I know I've taken pics in the chapel and uploaded them into FIR to show which light was burned out, or the exact location of a scratch on a pew. And never gotten any pushback about that. But I would be interested in seeing if you get any more info from your leader(s), if they know anything more than we do
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