Some members came to this conference planning not to sustain the general officers of the Church. Well, it happened. Here’s what happens when that occurs.

Church members participating in the Saturday afternoon session of The 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints witnessed a sustaining vote that was not unanimous. Here’s what you need to know:

In the event that member concerns are raised through dissenting votes, the Church Handbook 2, which applies to all Church meetings, explains the protocol for dealing with these issues:

“If a member in good standing gives a dissenting vote when someone is presented to be sustained, the presiding officer or another assigned priesthood officer confers with the dissenting member in private after the meeting. The officer determines whether the dissenting vote was based on knowledge that the person who was presented is guilty of conduct that should disqualify him or her from serving in the position” (19.3).

During the April 2015 and April 2016 conference, President Uchtdorf designated local stake presidents as the assigned priesthood officer for dissenting members to talk to.

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