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If a Branch President is away and unable to conduct Temple Recommend interviews, can his counselors in the Branch Presidency conduct Temple Recommend interviews as well...?
tonygnzls wrote:If a Branch President is away and unable to conduct Temple Recommend interviews, can his counselors in the Branch Presidency conduct Temple Recommend interviews as well...?
There is a provision in Handbook 1 where, in some circumstances, a counselor may act in place of a bishop who is absent, ill, or otherwise unable to perform his duties. Since a counselor in a branch presidency does not normally conduct temple recommend interviews, I would expect that if the need arose the 1st counselor would consult with his branch president and stake president for guidance. I find nothing in the Handbook that would preclude him from conducting the interview with delegated permission.
Since the conducting of temple recommend interviews is not normally an unplanned occurrence, I would think that the 1st counselor would usually wait for the president to return if the absence is not a long one. And if it is, the stake president has probably already provided guidance to him on what he is authorized to do in the absence of the branch president.
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