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May 5, 2021

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Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

@T Rawlinson. Yes, children were first sealed to parents in the Nauvoo Temple. Some were sealed to living parents and some by proxy to a deceased parent. Sealing of children to parents was then suspended until the St. George Temple was completed in 1877. However, the focus of adoption into priesthood lineage (rather than generational family sealings) continued until Wilford Woodruff received the revelation in 1894 to end the practice of adoption. (A timeline of temple ordinances is on pages 372-373 in Wilford Woodruff's Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine. The law of adoption is explained in more detail in Chapter 16.)

T RawlinsonMarch 1, 2021

It has been recently stated in a podcast that children not born in the covenant were not sealed to their parents until AFTER 1894. I would like to have additional information as my 2 grgrandparents went to SG temple (only temple available) from SL and were sealed. They had some of their younger children with them, but none of their 10 children were sealed to them in the late 1870's. One child was born after, which is BIC. This article states children were sealed before 1894. What exactly does it say in Wilford Woodruff's journal. Our ancestors are also those of an Apostle and the explanation was that children were not sealed (unless BIC) until 1894. This article appears to be contradicting our family explanation of events.

Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

The colored images of Wilford Woodruff featured in this article are the creative work of Josh Christensen. The original images were made by Lucian R. Foster in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844 and Charles W. Carter in Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1880s.



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