lajackson wrote:The message says these e-mail changes will be made during January 2010. I hope it is one-time.
We're all just speculating, but it is very hard to believe that it would be a one-time synchronization. At the very least, I have to think that any subsequent change to the LDS Account e-mail will also be synchronized back to MLS.
lajackson wrote: Remember this is the address used to create LDS Account, not the address in LUWS, although they might be the same.
More accurately, this is the current
e-mail address associated with the LDS Account. The e-mail address in LDS Account is already a "self-service" piece of data -- the individual member can take responsibility for keeping that address up to date, without needing to get any help from a clerk. With this address being synchronized to MLS, this extends the self-service concept. Of course, some members will keep it up to date and others will not.
lajackson wrote:Yes. And because of this, I would rather see the MLS address go to the LUWS (not the LDS Access) account.
On the other hand, perhaps this is just a one-time shot to feed a whole lot of e-mail addresses into MLS. And if that is the case, I suppose LDS Account is as good as any.
In my experience, the MLS addresses are the most out of date and inaccurate e-mail addresses of the three places mentioned. So sending MLS to LUWS would introduce the most error. On the other hand, the LDS Account e-mail was probably fairly recently verified, since the process of obtaining an LDS Account requires an e-mail verification. So it is probably the most accurate address, and thus is the best choice.
Personally, I would rather that an e-mail address in MLS not be overwritten. I can see letting an LDS Account e-mail address feed an empty individual e-mail address in MLS. Although, as others and I have pointed out, it will be the wrong e-mail address.
I really doubt that those posting on this thread who have multiple active e-mail addresses are a representative sample of Church membership at large. I can understand why those people would be frustrated with the MLS e-mail address being overwritten by the LDS Account e-mail address, but in most cases this will lead to increased accuracy for the reasons I stated above.