JKELogan wrote:Being a stake clerk over a student stake I would definitely have to disagree about pulling records not being a problem. A singles ward Bishop has to deal with 100-200 new faces at the beginning of the semester, playing what we refer to as records tag does not help the situation.
When a record is pulled it will have the new unit listed on your move in/out sheets that print when records are moved. Before you pull the record back, I'd suggest contacting the Bishop of the ward the member was moved to (you can find it on the CDOL). I would agree, the most ideal situation is to just get the ordination recorded before it even becomes an issue.
I would say about 30% of the 18 year-olds that come in every year have a missing ordination record, which is way too high.
Of course we all agree that it's best to record the ordination promptly, before the record is moved out.
But I'd appreciate hearing your perspective as a stake clerk in a student stake as to what should be done if that didn't happen in time:
- Should the ordinance not be recorded? I'm sure we'd all answer NO to that one.
- You suggested "contacting the Bishop of the ward the member was moved to." And then what? Are you saying that the student ward would obtain all the details regarding the ordination and record the ordination? If so, what about the certificate? Only the student stake can print it, but the people who can sign it are back in the home stake.
- I agree that "records tag" is not a good thing. But if the home ward is prompt with the process of requesting the record, recording the ordination, and sending it back, the record would be gone for only 24 hours or less. Is that better or worse than the other options?
- Are there other options for fixing this problem that haven't been mentioned?