Dissenting Votes at Conference: Everything You Need to Know

Dissenting Votes at Conference: Everything You Need to Know

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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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  1. I have raised some serious challenging questions and concerns to my church leaders throughout the past 3 decades at various locations across this globe. Some of my concerns have been referred up the line of authority. I am always welcome and treated with respect. The image that the dissenters are portraying to the media is simply untrue. Campaigning against church leaders because the church won’t re-organize according to your value system is apostasy. Why anyone would waste their energy campaigning mystifies me. Why not simply find another organization where you feel more closely aligns with your values?

    • I agree, those campaigning because they are trying to realign the church along the law of man and anything goes vs Gods law should find a different church. The problem with many people today is there is no room for dissension. Everyone must agree that mans law is the only way or you are bigoted and uneducated. Something that we as members know is not true. I’m sorry world not everyone has to agree with everyone else. We aren’t out to hurt any one persons feelings. We just aren’t going to change what we know to be true because the world told us to.

  2. Dissension is nothing new in the Kingdom of God. Even a cursory investigation of LDS Church history will show that criticism and apostasy were ever present. Despite the mobs, hate and trials the early Saints faced, the Church is still here and continues to move forward. There will always be those who leave the Church for one reason or another, and those who will ‘endure to the end’ (John 6: 66 – 68).

  3. I agree! Two more thoughts came to me about this: even other churches don’t change just because they have a few dissenters and two of the operative phrases are “worthy member” and “guilty of conduct that would disqualify”. Can’t help but wonder if those dissenting really don’t know how it works or if they just want their 5 min of limelight.

  4. thank you for your comments. There are plenty of churches they can go to that will let them do as they please. Why show

  5. Deborah … To answer your question at the end of your comment….
    “Why anyone would waste their energy campaigning mystifies me. Why not simply find another organization where you feel more closely aligns with your values?”
    Your answer is in the scriptures and from God…
    “Moroni 7:12 Book of Mormon
    Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually.”

  6. Will be important to know what happens if the vote againt was fundated, if the positive votes are majority ??

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