Some of the questions that are asked are:
- Do you have faith in and a testimony of God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost?
- Do you sustain the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys?
- Are you a full-tithe payer? Do your keep the Word of Wisdom?
- Do you wear the garment both night and day as instructed in the endowment and in accordance with the covenant you made in the temple?
If a woman is to marry a man and they both have a temple recommend, but their families do not, the family is not permitted to go to the wedding. However, in most cases, there are celebrations beyond the ceremony for the family to partake in.
What is interesting about temple recommends is that they have evolved since the mid 1800's. Questions back then had to do with whether a saint bathed before Sunday services, If a saint had ever killed anyone in cold blood. When Polygamy went out of fashion in the church, questions were created to ensure that saints were not affiliating themselves with the wrong people. As time went on and the church authorities made efforts to fit into a society that mostly rejected them the temple recommend questions evolved. Today, there are questions about tithing, wearing prescribed undergarments, and basic belief questions just as a Catholic Catechism might do.
The bishops and stake presidents may ask more personal questions than the form questions, but the form questions must be asked. It is solely up to the hierarchy conducting the interviews to judge whether a recommend is given or not. Within the hierarchy of the Mormon faith, men can move through the hierarchy of the church to gain status as bishops and stake presidents. Many have no theological formation in their religion or the study of any other religion but their own. They are businessmen who often have attained a certain status within their communities as well as within their church.