Temple Ordinances Out of Order

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Temple Ordinances Out of Order

Postby courtneyfries » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:16 pm


I am really hoping for some clarity.

Backstory: I am the only active member in my family and the closest to my great grandparents. I have received permission to complete their ordinances, and have slowly been finishing them. I went online today to print their sealing card as well as my great grandfather's card and I received a message that said their sealing had been completed a week ago at a temple an hour north of me. I am heart broken. I understand the importance of Family History work is to bring them to the temple and complete their ordinances, but this was an extremely special one to me. To make matters worse, I noticed that my great grandfather's endowment and initiatory wasn't completed. (I have previously finished my great grandmother's on my own and was waiting to find a male to help me).

Can someone please help me figure out how this is possible and if it is at all possible that I am able to redo the sealing??? I am so crushed by this.

Thank you.

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Re: Temple Ordinances Out of Order

Postby nmecantwin73 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:52 pm

courtneyfries wrote:Can someone please help me figure out how this is possible and if it is at all possible that I am able to redo the sealing???

I would suggest contacting FamilySearch support at 866-406-1830, or online at https://www.familysearch.org/ask/help.

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Re: Temple Ordinances Out of Order

Postby jwthomasbennion » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:17 pm

For sealing to spouse (both deceased), the order is not critical anymore. The ordinance is still valid, but won't be effective until the other ordinances are recorded.

This was the conclusion of a nation-wide FamilySearch telecom on 15 Jan 2019 from the new Area Family History Manager to all Area Temple & Family History Consultants (previously called Area Family History Advisors).

I understand your pain. But hopefully you can forgive & get to the point of appreciating that the ordinance is done & recorded, regardless of who performed it. And the sooner it is done, the better.

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Re: Temple Ordinances Out of Order

Postby Chuckmil » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:01 pm

Thank you for clarifying this. I will share this information

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Re: Temple Ordinances Out of Order

Postby elizabethannlewis » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:24 am

This happened to us too, but it was my husband's grandparents baptism and confirmation. The person who did the work must have pulled it off of "ordinances ready" and then sent the rest of the ordinances to the temple system. I was able to contact the person and they pulled the names back from the temple system and I was able to reserve them for my husband to do the other ordinances. If there are people who are really important to you, reserve their names. You can also try to contact the people who reserved their names or sent them to the temple system to see if they will release them so you can reserve them. It is frustrating, but is nice to be able to coordinate the work better than in the past.

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