bhofmann wrote:I'm not sure if this is the most appropriate way to do this but .........Then I pulled everyone's member number and confirmation date and registered them on the site. ..... and gave them their username and password.
I've had people give me what they wanted for their username and password and I've gotten them registered but suggested that they change their password once they logged on. Since you can't change your username, it would be good for the members to choose what they can remember and not something that somebody else thinks might be good for them. I can't tell you how many times people have asked me what their username is because they can't remember it and it was something they did themselves. Usually once they hear what it is, then they remember why they used that one.
bhofmann wrote:We also rarely print ward directories for members telling them that the online version is always up-to-date.
We haven't printed a Stake Directory since 2003, which is about the time that the ward and stake webpages started up. We tell everyone to check the webpage for current information. But, of course, if the ward clerk is unable to make the changes on MLS and upload to CHQ, or if CHQ doesn't do their updates quickly, then the webpage isn't up to date either. It seems like CHQ used to process the updates on Tuesdays. Last week, I didn't see a change on someone who moved until Thursday.
For new members or for people who do not have a computer, our Bishop keeps at least one printed copy of the ward directory to give to them. He doesn't keep a lot on hand because of the changes that constantly happen.