scgallafent wrote:I don't think it's realistic that the recording and certificate process can be completed the same day in all cases. We're in a reasonably compact stake (20 minutes across), but I don't think we could accomplish this. That would require that (1) the ordination be performed, (2) the assigned representative find the ward clerk and get him to enter the information and trigger an MLS update, (3) the assigned representative find the stake clerk and get him to trigger an MLS update and print the certificate, (4) someone find the stake president to sign the certificate, and (5) deliver the certificate.
While doing everything the same day might be ideal, it's not realistic in most stakes.
I think the primary goal here is to record the ordinance. Getting a signed certificate can come later, probably forwarded though the family.
As such, getting items 1 and 2 done in a single day isn't that far-fetched. But what is critical is to get it done before the member leaves the area.
The biggest issue is to get the information to the ward clerk in a timely manner. From what I've seen, that frequently is verbal though one or two intermediaries. Sometimes critical information is left out which forces the clerk to delay until the missing information is obtained.
What would work is to create a form that contains all the information the clerk needs and place that where the clerk will find it immediately.
I'm a little surprised at the suggestion that many ordinations take place on a day other then a Sunday. I'm not sure why that would be. Is it because Stake Conference/Stake Priesthood is too close to the start of school? Or is a result of the ordination process itself lagging behind and then rushing to meet the deadline? It may not be eliminated, but unless this is preferable for some reason, the numbers could be reduced.