Obi Hyer wrote:I sent in an enhancement suggestion via MLS and the MLS website that the stake should get a printout every time a ward recorded a Melchizedek Priesthood ordination, similar to the way that the wards get a printout whenever membership information is updated. That way, I would know when the wards did record the ordination so I could then print the certificate.
We really need some help with this process through MLS in some way though. I have talked to HQ support and they couldn't give me any good ideas on how to best solve the problem. I've gotten more ideas reading through this forum than I have any other way. Hopefully we will get some help in MLS with this soon.
Enhanced reporting is always a nice feature for the MLS team to work on.
Until then, you can use a workaround by using "differencing" tools on the Membership
export .csv file. Here's how:
a) on a regular schedule (say once a month), you export the membership .csv and
rename it to include the date. ex. June_19-2007-Membership.csv
b) Using the previous month's membership.csv and the current month's, you use diff or compare
to list only changes to membership records, use grep to filter out all but changes in Priesthood held,
and you're almost done. New move-ins with the Melk. Priesthood might throw some extra
steps into the mix because you probably don't need them listed in your report. But I'm sure
that some of the Linux folks on this board can detail the whole process for you.
To do all this on a church machine, I would recommend the unxutils from sourceforge.net.
They are win32 ports of the GNU utilities popularized by Unix and Linux, and can be run
from a thumbdrive, so there is no need to install anything on the church computer. One
nice feature is two additional commands, pclip and gclip, that read /write the windows clipboard
to/from standard input.
- Atticus Ewig