Thanks to Cheri for going public with her very personal family story.
It clearly demonstrates the need for the LDS Church to revise its policy
of penalizing couples who choose a civil ceremony prior to temple
sealing with a one year wait. Eliminating the penalty would help to
remove the fear and stigma that mormon's attach to marrying outside of
the temple in favor of all family members. Such a move would clearly
mark the difference between a civil wedding/marriage and the religious
requirement to be "sealed" in the temple for eternity.