As we noted in the summary comment in the TR interview survey,
wayfarer wrote:The Temple Recommend interview is not the time to discuss faith issues before the Priesthood. The questions are simple, and should be answered "yes" or "no" as appropriate. Because many of us are in a faith transition or hold unorthodox beliefs, our answers are often more complex and nuanced than the typical true believing, white-or-black response. As well, we often think we need to answer the question according to what we impute the intent of the question to be according to the interviewer or standard church definition of things. This is not the case.
There are multiple approaches to finding a faithful way within the church -- one does not have to be orthodox or to believe standard doctrines in order to be worthy for a temple recommend.
- If you want to have a temple recommend and be authentic and honest, then basic observance to the behavior norms is in order.
- If you do not feel that basic observance (chastity, WoW, Tithing...) is in the stars for you, then perhaps it might be a good idea not seek a temple recommend.
- Faithfulness requires integrity -- no one surveyed would recommend outright lying.
Please read the full post here
nibbler wrote:Thanks for the comments. I guess I've got some misunderstanding or other, maybe Ray or wayfarer could clarify.
A TR interview might not be the best place to confess something but it would seem like providing people with an opportunity to confess sin is one of the goals of some of the questions.
I'm just wondering why it's generally a bad idea to confess in a TR interview when the obedience questions seem to steer people in that direction. Especially with the "Are there any unresolved sins" question at the end, which I always took as being another way of saying "Are you reeeeeeeealy sure about your answers, you sure there's not something you want to tell me????"
Like you note in your post, the bishops and counselors doing TR interviews are focused on getting through as many as possible. I don't think it's right for us to request an interview, knowing that we'll fail and then expecting to get counseling for our disobedience in what should be 10 minute interview. If I were applying for a job requiring a clean record, why would I waste everyone's time if I had an outstanding criminal offense? It doesn't make sense, it wastes everyone's time, and doesn't serve either to get a TR, nor does it give your confession the due pastoral care it may require.
Like we said in the summary
, go to a TR interview after
you have taken care of any past sins, sorted out your faith and testimony, and go in confidently knowing you are "worthy" of it.