There is really only one question here that anyone on this list can answer, I'm
afraid, and that is what the general policy is regarding people who have committed
crimes. If they have paid their debt to society, and undergone whatever action the
Church authorities involved determined, then that person is forgiven. The
atonement is infinite, covering all sins except the sin against the Holy Ghost
(there is another category, the shedding of innocent blood, which we are told
involves some additional action, but I assume that neither of these sins is an

All the rest of the questions are ones which only you (or anyone else who might be
thinking of dating or becoming friends with him) can answer. The only advice I'd
dare give is just to use common sense and some caution. Observe how the person
treats women when in a group setting, for instance. Trust is something that has to
be earned, and sometimes it takes time.

Stacy Smith wrote:

> Hi.  I hope this issue does not violate the charter.  I have an interesting
> problem.  I have decided quickly not to date an individual with a criminal
> sexual history in the past.  However, he is a member in good standing.  He
> has a temple recommend.  What is the general policy regarding people who
> have committed crimes in the past?  Is it possible to date those
> individuals, to assume that they have repented and are in good standing
> with the church?  Do we assume the atonement has covered the
> sin?  Furthermore, what are we to do with the weakness that has been
> shown?  Can we trust such an individual?
> Stacy.
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author
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