znauga wrote:First let me thank you all for helping me to find a solution to the problem we are experiencing.
The procedure I have used when a membership clerk was as follows:
1. Upon receipt of a sister member's record (with or without children) I audit the record for accuracy.
2. If the record indicates the sister is married to a non member, contact is made with her to confirm the accuracy of the marriage information. I also inquire if she or her husband have any objection to his name appearing on our ward list as the head of the family.
3. If there is no objection I go to her record, request a non member record be created for spouse and show the spouse as head of household.
Where there is no objection from the member or spouse I see acknowledging the husband as head of household as a courtesy (I may be old fashioned). It also more accurately reflects the make up of the family in the ward list. To omit the husband makes it appear that the head of household sister is unmarried.
If I have not followed the correct/preferred procedure I need to learn the best way to do this. The next task is to be sure the correct procedure is followed by membership clerks in our stake.
Once again, thank you for your patience and your help.
Ok so I hope this helps...When you receive a membershp record and the member is married to a non-member this is what you should do for it to appear correctly.
Go into the member's individual membership record
Click on Current Spouse
If the marriage information is not already recorded go ahead and enter it all in.
Close the record then go back into the individual record
Select Current Spouse
Then a button will appear that states "Add Spouse to household" click on it
Doing this will automatically put him as the head of household and everything else should appear correctly.
If the marriage is already recorded then "Add Spouse to Household" will already be there and you would just simply click on it. Which will add the spouse to the household automatically.
Therefore, you do not have to go in and create the non-member record first because by following this process, MLS creates the non-member record for you. All you have to do is simply make sure the marriage information is there then click on the magic "Add Spouse to Household" button and it will do the work for you.