Today, the First Presidency announced that, effective immediately, Church officers may only perform a civil marriage for a man and a woman when the following conditions apply: 

  • Either the bride or the groom is a member of the Church,
  • Either the bride’s or the groom’s membership record is assigned to the unit over which the Church officer presides, and
  • The Church officer is legally authorized to officiate at a civil marriage in the jurisdiction where the marriage will take place.

This policy applies to stake presidents, mission presidents, district presidents, bishops, and branch presidents.

Read the letter from the First Presidency “Civil Marriages and Church Officers.”

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