Disciplinary Councils - Truth in Love Ministry

Disciplinary Councils

Church “courts” held on the ward or stake level to decide appropriate “punishments” for serious sins. “A council can reach one of four decisions:

  1. no action,
  2. formal probation,
  3. disfellowshipment,
  4. excommunication” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, Sept. 1990, pp. 15,16).

In the recent past, members desiring to leave the church had to go before such a council. This no longer holds true in most cases.

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