jasonmcdonald wrote:I like your idea of easy access to the original original certificates. The scanning process would have to take place at the local ward level and then uploaded to church HQ servers. A little bit of training and a scanner coupled with a tweak in MLS and it can be done.
I guess it depends on the value the Church would place on these stored certificates. What you are calling a "tweak in MLS" would most likely require a significant amount of work in MLS, and much, much more work on the back end to receive, store, and archive the received images.
jasonmcdonald wrote:On a side note. I was wishing I had a digital recorded copy of my patriarchal blessing, you know like an mp3 of the actual blessing. I would love to be able to listen to it from time to time as opposed to reading. Do the patriarchs submit the audio to HQ, if not that could very easily with a similar tweak as the PDF certificates would require.
Patriarchs do not
submit the audio to CHQ. One challenge with your proposal is that the audio is not the official blessing. Patriarchs review the transcript of the recording and make changes. Those changes are mostly just corrections to grammar, awkward sentences, or misspoken words or phrases. But they can include substantial changes, such as deletions or additions. Not until this inspired process is complete is the patriarchal blessing finished. That written copy is the official blessing.
I'm guessing that if some people had access to the audio of their blessing, some of these changes might bother them. And uploading, storing, and archiving all these audio files would be another significant development project. The cost would have to be weighed against the benefits. But I certainly can understand why you might appreciate having the audio.
jasonmcdonald wrote:Anyone know where to submit ideas like this to?
You can submit any ideas using the Feedback
link at the bottom of the home page of LDS.org.