Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

7. Melchizedek Priesthood


7.10 Additional Guidelines and Policies


Brethren Who Have Special Needs

Brethren who may have special needs include those who are ill, elderly, widowed, divorced, homebound, or bereaved and those who care for chronically ill family members. Members of the elders quorum should offer help.

Brethren who have these and other special challenges may come to their elders quorum president with their concerns. He should listen, offer love and encouragement, and maintain confidentiality. If he learns of possible concerns with worthiness or sensitive family matters, he refers the person to the bishop.

For information about helping brethren with disabilities, see 21.1.26 and disabilities.lds.org.


Offering Support at Times of Death

When a death occurs in the ward, the bishop may ask the elders quorum president to contact the family to give comfort, assess needs, and offer assistance. He may request similar assistance from the Relief Society president. Elders quorum and Relief Society leaders coordinate these efforts.

The bishop may also ask elders quorum leaders to help make preparations for the funeral service. For additional information about funerals, see 18.6.

If possible, deceased members who were endowed should be buried in temple clothing. In some circumstances, the bishop may ask the elders quorum president to assign an endowed man to dress or oversee the proper dressing of a deceased endowed man. These leaders ensure that the assignment is given to a person who will not find it objectionable. Guidelines for dressing deceased members are provided in Instructions for Clothing the Dead Who Have Received Their Endowments. Leaders may obtain these instructions from Church Distribution Services.

For additional instructions on dressing deceased members in temple clothing, the bishop may refer to Handbook 1, 3.4.9.

The elders quorum president, ministering brothers, and other brethren continue to offer support, comfort, and assistance to the bereaved during the period of adjustment following the death.


Instructions about Temple Clothing and Garments

See 21.1.42.


Funding for Activities

See 13.2.8.