AdamOndi wrote:Karenins_SuperSon wrote:EricDSnider wrote:lilcis wrote:Speaking of beards, my old stake president felt that every man should be clean-shaven, and wouldn't give temple recommends to men with facial hair.
Isn't that against the rules? I don't think you're allowed to add your own whimsical temple-recommend requirements, are you?
Yes, completely. If it were allowed, what would stop another SP from not giving any T.R.s to overweight people on the grounds that he feels they are violating the Word of Wisdom by not exercising moderation. Or any other personal interpretation of gospel principles?
That's why there is the standard set of questions that they are supposed to adhere to.
Well, allowed or not, I have seen and experienced similar issues. When I turned in my mission papers and went to meet with my stake president, I was overweight (a little over 300 pounds). My stake president refused to submit my papers to Salt Lake until I lost some weight. So I had to spend the next four or five months trying to lose enough weight to satisfy his completely arbitrary weight restriction on missionaries. As if I was not already bitter enough about that, when I got to the Missionary Training Center, there was an elder in my MTC district that weighed over 400 pounds.
So it is almost certainly not allowed to make up personal rules like that, but it happens all the time. It is just that there aren't a whole lot of people who feel comfortable calling BS when their stake president or bishop try to do it.
Actually, Adam, your experience is completely different from what we were talking about. There is a specific set of questions that leaders are supposed to ask in temple recommend interviews. There is NOT a specific set of questions that they're supposed to ask when determining whether to submit someone's mission papers.