Changes for Temple Workers
April 2019

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Changes for Temple Workers

Policy adjustments offer more opportunities and blessings for temple workers and patrons.

Salt Lake Temple

Photograph of Salt Lake Temple by Kimberly Willett Hayes

Adjustments to policies regarding temple workers have been initiated. The changes are intended to simplify temple service and to better meet the needs of members and leaders.

The changes are explained in a notice dated March 1, 2019, that was sent to Church leaders. The adjustments are as follows:

  • “Mothers with dependent children and brethren serving in certain callings may now serve as ordinance workers. Members should review their circumstances and avoid placing undue burdens on themselves or their families as they consider these service opportunities.

  • “There will no longer be a veil worker calling. Temple presidencies have been instructed to release brethren previously designated to serve solely as veil workers. As individual circumstances allow, these brethren may be called and set apart as ordinance workers and given a special assignment to serve at the veil.

  • “Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used in the temple office for printing Family Ordinance Requests and family name cards. Otherwise, cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned off and placed in a locker while workers and patrons are in the temple.”