mkmurray wrote:Wow how nice it would be to know everyone in your ward that well to be able to take attendance at Sacrament meeting. Our ward is way too transient to be able to do this. We can barely keep up. We're in Utah and don't have any idea who lives in about 50 of our townhomes.
I am terrible at putting faces and names together. One thing that helped was that in one ward I was in, they had gotten into the habit of passing around a blank sheet of paper for the attendance rolls in SS, RS, EQ, & HP. The secretaries then transferred that information onto the regular rolls. I think the rational was that they wanted to avoid passing around the regular attendance rolls to prevent someone from using it as fodder for rumors and gossip ("wow sister Smith hasn't been to church for seven weeks").
When I was called as an EQ president, another benefit from this became very clear in that after the roll was passed around, I could look at it during class and associate names with faces by comparing the order of the names on the roll with whom was sitting next to whom.
When I moved to a different ward, the bishop regularly exported the ward directory to his Palm Pilot (or equivalent PDA) and somehow marked who was in attendance in sacrament meeting each week (while the speakers were speaking). I was eventually called as a counselor to him. Since I didn't have a Palm Pilot (or any PDA for that matter), I just took a blank sheet of paper and started writing down everyone I knew. It took me a few months to get up to speed, but in the end it was very helpful because if I didn't recognize someone, it gave me a good excuse/opportunity to go introduce myself to them.
When I moved into a new ward, I kept that same process for doing the sacrament meeting count as ward clerk to help me get to know the members of my new ward.