ajthomas wrote:sbradshaw wrote:I looked for the page about Local Unit Support to read the wording (ajthomas said it sounded like not everyone should call) and found this:
https://www.lds.org/callings/melchizede ... t?lang=eng
It has the same phone number and email as Local Unit Support – but with a different name: "Member, Leader, and Unit (MLU) Support." It seems like they're redefining their scope. Is "Local Unit Support" still the proper name? Anybody know about the reason behind the change?
Actually, the page I found was this one, which says:Only technology specialists, physical facilities representatives, facilities management groups, and area offices are authorized to contact IT Support. All other individuals should contact their stake or district technology specialist for assistance with meetinghouse technology.
The principle has been that everyone in the stake contacts the stake clerk, and the stake clerk would contact Local Unit Support. I think the name LUS is evolving to Member, Leader, and Unit Support to more closely reflect how things are working today.
ajthomas wrote:Regarding unit numbers, my unit is actually one of the old ones with a 4-digit number. It was established in the late 1800's if I recall correctly (not that I was around at the time, of course).
I believe unit numbers were first assigned in the late 60s or early 70s when we started putting membership records onto computer using the old OCR A scanning font typewriters. At that point, I think they just swept through the list of wards and branches and assigned them numbers in order without regard to their actual age. And then stakes were assigned six digit numbers that began with 5. Other leading digits identified missions and other types of organizations, etc.
As with all good plans, the numbering system ran out, but computers have become much better at keeping track of things, so it doesn't really matter. Hence, our new stake created two years ago has a very similar unit number to the ward created just the week before.