The weddings for Mormons are very private. What is a funeral like?? Are non-Mormons allowed to attend a funeral service?? Thank you for your assistance.
Actually the weddings that are performed in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are not at all very private. Up to 50 or so guests are often invited to such weddings. However, those weddings are among the most sacred experiences that occur during our mortal lives, and they can only be performed in the most sacred places on earth–the Lords’ holy temples. The only ones who are allowed to go into the temples after they have been dedicated to the sacred work for which they were constructed are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are found, by rather searching examinations by their bishops and stake presidents, to be living in accordance with the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are required to present at the temple entrance a temple recommend certifying their worthiness to enter the temple. The wedding ceremony itself is quite short, and together with a short sermon by the person in charge, normally does not take more than about 20 to 30 minutes. Usually wedding receptions are held in some public place following the wedding ceremony where friends and neighbors gather to wish the new couple well.
LDS funerals are completely open to the public. Such funerals usually take place in the LDS chapels, and advance notices are normally published in local newspapers so all who would wish to attend may be advised of the time and place of the funeral. Such funerals are conducted under the auspices of the bishop of the ward (parish) where the funeral is taking place. They normally consist of a congregational hymn, an opening prayer, a eulogy, one or two musical presentations of sacred music–normally choir, organ, piano or a stringed instrument–and one or two sermons extolling the deceased person’s life, followed by a closing prayer. Such funerals usually last from one to two hours. Following the funeral there is a cortege to the cemetery where the deceased is buried and a dedicatory prayer over the grave is offered by a person holding the holy Melchizedek priesthood.