Suppose I suspect this individual failed to disclose this information before baptism? If he is now living a good life, does any of this information need to come out?

Stacy.

At 05:45 PM 11/25/2002 -0600, you wrote:

This doesn't violate the charter. All people have the opportunity to
repent and change their lives. There are a few sins that are not repented
of in this life, primarily murder. Sexual sin is very serious. Alma tells
us that it is third in severity, after murder and denying the Holy Ghost.
 The reality is, not all bishops and stake presidents are well versed in
handling such things. Some are extremely stern in the repentance process,
while others are so afraid to lose the person, will go to any lengths not
to excommunicate.  Be aware of that as you consider dating people.
You will have to determine from the relationship just how repentant the
person really has been. If it is sexual sin, you can generally tell how
changed they are by how they act on dates. If they want to neck and kiss
a lot, you can have the idea that the person has not restrained himself
enough. Necking outside of marriage is, after all, a sin, according to
President Kimball.
A person who has shown true remorse for sin, will not play on the edge of
the cliff, but will stay far from it. The true exsmoker doesn't hold a
cigarette in his fingers, unlit or lit. And someone who has repented of
sexual sins will not risk being in the wrong places doing the wrong
things.
Criminals need the chance to repent and change also. You have the right
to choose not to date this guy. However, don't forget to be a friend.
This will help him to continue on his progress to exaltation.

K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
.geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Stacy:
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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