eblood66 wrote:See Handbook 1 section 14.6.7. At the end of the 3rd paragraph it indicates that check signers should not sign for checks made out to themselves (or if they are the fast offering beneficiary). So in that case, the bishop should not sign the check even if that is the general local policy.
Thanks for the reference. I guess it comes down to the definition of "should." Throughout the Handbook there are many instances of directives that inlude "should" as well as many that include "Must or Must not." A quick example is where it says "Checks should
be made payable to the ward." They "should
", but we don't hesitate accepting checks made out to the church, LDS church, etc. If the directive said they "must"
be made out to the ward, then we would have to return any of the others to the members for correction. I don't think the handbook would have had any problem saying "must
not sign a check" if that's exactly what they meant. I remember reading somewhere that as far as the law is concerned, "should, try, attempt, etc.", are not legally binding.
Personally, I will make every attempt to follow the directives that include "should."