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Living outside ward boundaries

Postby sheilabentley » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:34 am

If people live or move outside ward boundaries, what calling(s) may they hold within the ward in which they do not reside?

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Re: Living outside ward boundaries

Postby russellhltn » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:22 pm

Can you clarify your question? According to Handbook 1: 13.6, members who live outside of the ward shouldn't have their membership records in the ward. The exceptions are few and far between.

Perhaps as better question is what callings in a ward can go to someone who is not a member of the ward. There are stated exceptions for things like YSA wards where the bishopric has to be married. Off the top of my head, I'm not aware of anything else sanctioned by the Handbook. Generally, the ward must have the membership record to extend a calling.
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Re: Living outside ward boundaries

Postby lajackson » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:22 pm

sheilabentley wrote:If people live or move outside ward boundaries, what calling(s) may they hold within the ward in which they do not reside?

When a member moves outside his or her ward boundaries, he or she no longer holds a ward calling, and the membership record should be sent to the new ward where the member lives. If the member held a stake calling and is moving within the stake, that calling does not change. Exceptions require approval from the First Presidency.

With the membership record in the new ward, the bishop is able to call the member to a new calling, issue a temple recommend based on worthiness, and provide the member with all of the blessings of the gospel that can be provided by a ward.

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Re: Living outside ward boundaries

Postby mevans » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:23 am

I've seen cases of members living outside the ward boundaries, but I'm not privy to the details. I have seen it in cases of family situations and complications (often times involving divorce or separation and there may be issues with children in schools, etc.), newly-baptized members who were baptized in the ward and move and we're the only people whey know, and counseling situations where a bishop needs the record to stay in a former ward for a time after the individual moves. All I know is the bishop counsels with the stake president, and I'm not sure how the First Presidency authorization works, or if it has been obtained. These are situations where the bishop/stake president may know confidential details of situations. I'm an assistant clerk and know very little, if anything, of about reasons or situations (and it should be that way).

From what I've observed over the years, I sense the genuine love leaders have for the members and for them to be where they need to be. Maybe it takes encouragement and love to help someone change units and the process takes months with trial visits to the new unit. Maybe it takes firmness. The bishop is a judge and has the gift of discernment and counsels with the stake president (and possibly the First Presidency) to know how to handle situations.

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