LESSON MANUAL: “If a couple is civilly married and then decides that they wish to be sealed in the temple, they must wait one year from the date of their civil marriage to be sealed. This restriction applies only to those people who could have been married in the temple initially but chose not to do so.” -Temple Preparation, Eternal Marriage Student Manual, published 2003. [source]
COMMENTARY: In countries where a temple marriage is not legally recognized as valid, members are allowed to be married civilly and then sealed immediately afterwards in the temple. Rules that change from country to country seem to me rather like man-made rules rather than divine mandate. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.