Date: October 07, 2019 04:39AM
Most of these changes appear to be minor and not particularly helpful for the interviewee. I don't have a lot of insights as it's been many years since I sat for one of these.
Also notice the photo accompanying the article. It seems lately the church p.r. team has gone overboard to show how "diverse" the church is. The photo shows an attractive young black woman sitting for an interview with (presumably) her bishop, a balding old white guy. The creep factor is just too much.
Not to mention the 500 pound elephant in the room, i.e. why only old white guys qualified to be bishops? Is it appropriate for this man to be asking intimate questions of this young lady? Ah but let's not "go there."
The interview questions for temple recommends are below. Verbiage in 11 questions has been modified.
Do you have faith in and a testimony of God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost?
Do you have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of His role as your Savior and Redeemer?
Do you have a testimony of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Do you sustain the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the prophet, seer, and revelator and as the only person on the earth authorized to exercise all priesthood keys?
Do you sustain the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators?
Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local leaders of the Church?
The Lord has said that all things are to be “done in cleanliness” before Him (Doctrine and Covenants 42:41).
Do you strive for moral cleanliness in your thoughts and behavior?
Do you obey the law of chastity?
Do you follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ in your private and public behavior with members of your family and others?
Do you support or promote any teachings, practices, or doctrine contrary to those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Do you strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, both at home and at church; attend your meetings; prepare for and worthily partake of the sacrament; and live your life in harmony with the laws and commandments of the gospel?
Do you strive to be honest in all that you do?
Are you a full-tithe payer?
Do you understand and obey the Word of Wisdom?
Do you have any financial or other obligations to a former spouse or to children?
If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?
Do you keep the covenants that you made in the temple, including wearing the temple garment as instructed in the endowment?
Are there serious sins in your life that need to be resolved with priesthood authorities as part of your repentance?
Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord’s house and participate in temple ordinances?
Church leaders will begin using these questions immediately. A letter from the First Presidency with further instruction will be sent to Church leaders worldwide on Monday.
President Nelson reminded Saints on Sunday that the coming open houses for temples currently under construction in their areas will be an important opportunity to educate their local communities about the what and the why of worship in temples.https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/october-2019-general-conference-temple-recommend