To Recommend or Not to Recommend: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #16)By: Bishop Bill
A man in your ward has come to you for his temple recommend renewal. Usually your counselors do renewal interviews, but this brother asked you personally, and you had a few minutes. He answers all the questions correctly, but in talking afterwards, he tells you that he does not believe the Book of Mormon to be a historical record. He believes it is “inspired fiction.” He said he lumps the Book of Mormon with books like Job and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament and stories like Noah and the creation. They all tell good stories and provide guidance, but they never literally happened. You are the Bishop, what do you do?
You're the bishop. What would you do? (Poll #16)
- Sign the recommend, as he has answered all the questions correctly, and you have been instructed not to add any other questions to those authorized in the book. (84%, 183 Votes)
- Tell him he does not qualify for a recommend, as he clearly does not have a testimony of Joseph Smith, or the restoration. (8%, 17 Votes)
- Do not sign the recommend - you are as concerned over his lack of belief in the Old Testament as you are his lack of belief in the Book of Mormon. (5%, 12 Votes)
- Tell him that you need to talk to the Stake President, and you'll let the Stake President decide. (3%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 219