Poll: Reading the Church Handbook of Instruction
In the current issue of Exponent II Magazine, I authored an article called, Making a Family with Donor Sperm. (Shameless Plug: While you’re over there checking out the article, don’t forget to subscribe so we can keep the Exponent alive.) The article describes, among other things, my first experience reading the Church Handbook of Instruction (CHI).
I was naughty because I read the Handbook before it was publicly available online. My husband had a copy left over from a previous calling and I preferred to get information on church policy straight from the source, rather than ask my bishop. Reading the Handbook was faster than talking to the bishop, more private, and prevented confusion about the real policy versus the bishop’s personal opinion.
However, when I opened the Handbook, I subjected myself to extra and completely unexpected information. (See the magazine article.) The Handbook offers official opinions about all kinds of sensitive and personal issues that Church leaders usually do not opine about. In Jessawhy’s post, Birth Control and the CHI, she provided another example of a surprising directive found in the Handbook and described some valid reasons to avoid studying the Handbook.