Dear 100 Hour Board,
The church policy states that those couples reside where temple marriage is recognized by the government must wait a year should they choose a civil wedding. This policy has caused a lot of trouble in many converts' family relationships. However if I remember correctly, the church allows a stake president to petition for a First Presidency exemption on behalf of the couple. How difficult it would be to obtain such an exemption when the bride or groom is a convert? Have you heard of anyone went this route before?
-An Interested Party
According to the Church's website,
The general rule of the Church is that a person may not apply for a temple recommend until he has been a member of the Church for one year, unless he receives written permission from the First Presidency granting permission for his sealing and/or early endowment. This letter must be presented with the temple recommend. Also, if a couple are civilly married and then decide later that they wish to be sealed in the temple (in contrast to special conditions, such as those in New Zealand, as noted above in number five), the general rule of the Church is that they may not apply for a temple recommend until one year from the date of their civil marriage. Any exception must be in writing from the First Presidency granting permission for the sealing. Permission in both instances is received through priesthood channels that begin with the bishop. (source)
While it is possible, I've never heard of this happening and I don't think any of the other writers have heard anything either. I'd recommend talking to your bishop to see if it could be done in your situation.
If anyone knows anything more about this, please add a correction!
-guppy of doom