A judgment arrived at by a disciplinary council for a serious sin. It is one step removed from excommunication. “Disfellowshipment is usually temporary, though not necessarily brief. Disfellowshipped persons retain membership in the Church. They are encouraged to attend public Church meetings, but are not entitled to offer public prayers or to give talks. They may not hold a Church position, take the sacrament, vote in the sustaining of Church officers, hold a temple recommend, or exercise the priesthood. They may, however, pay tithes and offerings and continue to wear temple garments if endowed” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, Sept. 1990, p. 16).