jirp wrote:My assumption given that when I was made clerk was the goal for attendance count was those present for the sacrament. If they came in late enough to miss that then it didn't count. So likely our count has been low from the late arrivals by 5 to 10 each week if any attendance counts.
I have not read anything that specifies to only count those who are present while the sacrament is being passed. I'm not sure where you get that from, but if you can find anything please post. Under 'Clerk Resourses' in LDS.org it says to, "Include in your count all individuals who attended sacrament meeting, members and nonmembers alike." To me, that means count all who attended anytime during that hour and 10 minutes. So, I count whoever comes in late, or leaves early regardless of whether they were there for the passing of the sacrament.