BYU's New Policy Requires New LDS employees to have a valid Temple Recommend

Brigham Young University's mission state reads:

The mission of Brigham Young University—founded, supported and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued.


In a recent policy change this year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that BYU, along with other Church Educational System schools, will now require new employees to have a current temple recommend.


Church Commissioner of Education Elder Clark G. Gilbert has stated:


“It is critical that each employee represent the mission, values and goals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These updates reflect the expectations we have for each employee to continue to engage fully in the spiritual mission that is central to each CES institution. We are grateful to have such remarkable and committed employees.”


Many have criticized this move due to the ongoing backlash BYU has gotten recently due opposing views with the LGBTQ community and other advocating groups. However, Times and Seasons blogger Stephen Cranney, makes an argument for “boundary maintenance” at the church’s schools to “fulfill its mission.”

“The whole idea of a religious institution of higher education is the belief that a synthesis of the faith’s framework and the traditional academic venture is synergistic in some way,” he writes. “Challenging the faith’s framework itself doesn’t fit into that; using that framework as a lens through which to view academic learning does.”


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