Temple Recommend Interview

Annual Interviews and Church Callings for Latter-day Saint Chaplains

Latter-day Saint chaplains serve people of all faiths. The primary role of chaplains is to ensure that each person they serve is afforded the free exercise of his or her religion. Chaplains also assist those they serve with issues that affect their spiritual welfare. Latter-day Saint chaplains in particular work closely with local priesthood leaders to ensure that Church members in the military have opportunities to receive all the blessings of Church membership.

Latter-day Saint chaplains are expected to attend Church meetings in their own ward and serve in a calling in their ward or stake (for additional guidance on Church callings for chaplains, see Handbook 1: Stake Presidents and Bishops, 10.1, ChurchofJesusChrist.org). If the duties of chaplains prevent them from attending their own ward meetings, they should seek approval from the stake president to attend Church services in another ward.

All Latter-day Saint chaplains must receive an annual ecclesiastical endorsement. The stake president should conduct an annual interview with each chaplain in his stake, complete the Annual Interview of a Latter-day Saint Chaplain form for each chaplain, and submit the form to the Military Relations and Chaplain Services Division.

For further information and additional resources, priesthood leaders should contact the Military Relations and Chaplain Services Division at 801-240-2286 or PST-Military@ChurchofJesusChrist.org.