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Question #37381 posted on 07/03/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the differce between excommunication and removing your name from the records. I know that excomunication isn't a voluntary thing, while removing your name is, but after you removed your name can you be rebaptised or do you just put your name back on?

- The littlest gamut (who isn't planning on doing either, but is curious).

A: Dear little gamut,

The biggest difference is the amount of time the person has to wait before rebaptism. When someone chooses to have their name removed from the church records, there's no "set" amount of time that the person has to wait before rebaptism. With excommunication, the person has to wait at least a year before rebaptism because some sort of transgression occurred to cause the excommunication in the first place. Either way, interviews with the proper authority are necessary.

Aside from that, both are pretty much the same in terms of their effect on sealings, ordinances, and blessings.

- Lavish