Temple recommends change from yearly to biennial

The following letter from the First Presidency pertaining to the change in expiration of temple recommends from yearly to biennially has been sent to priesthood leaders:

As of November 1, 2002, regular temple recommends will be valid for two years from the last day of the month in which they are issued. Recommends issued from November 1, 2001, through October 2002 will remain valid for two years from the date written on the recommend. This change does not affect Limited-use Recommends, which will continue to be issued and expire according to existing policy.

As current policy outlines, if a bishop or branch president determines that a member of his ward or branch who has a valid recommend is unworthy, he should immediately request that the member return the recommend (see Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 1: Stake Presidencies and Bishoprics, 68).

Church leaders may continue to use their current supply of temple recommend books. When new temple recommend books are ordered, they will reflect the change from one year to two years.

Priesthood leaders should prayerfully consider ways to help all members prepare for and be worthy of receiving the blessings of the temple.