Clerk training - cheat sheets

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Clerk training - cheat sheets

Postby betcher » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:48 pm

Hello all. I am one of the assistant stake clerks and I have recently been asked to provide training to the ward clerks. Several of our ward clerks are very new and young. Trying to figure out where some things are and if the LCR access for ward clerks is different from that of the stake clerks related to such activities as moving members records out and making corrections to member records.

It seems to me that if there is a stake membership clerk called they should have editing privileges in order to fulfill that roll. Also if the stake clerk doesn't have access to all the permissions of the ward clerk it would seem difficult to teach the ward clerks what to do unless you have been a ward clerk in the past.

Specific things I am personally looking for are: As I understand it all these functions have now been moved from the MLS to the LCR.
moving member records out
annual membership audit

I looked up the walk throughs on the LDStech wiki site but everything there was still referring to using the MLS even for many functions I personally know are no longer done in the MLS and are done in the LCR......any clue where updated walkthroughs are or when they might get those updated?

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Re: Clerk training - cheat sheets

Postby eblood66 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:51 am

Yes, it is becoming increasing difficult for stake clerks to train ward clerks and so far we haven't seen any indication that any permissions will change to facilitate it. It would be wonderful to have a test site with fictitious data which could be used for learning and training but that's a lot of work and we haven't seen anything to indicate anything like that is in the works.

The wiki has been mostly deprecated in favor of the Help Center but that means we (the clerks) have to rely on the church to put together training materials and there haven't been any significant updates in a while and no indication if anything new is being developed right now.

I haven't been a stake clerk but my best suggestion as a long time ward level clerk is to try to leverage experienced clerks in your stake. Setup up training meeting and invite the experienced clerks to each train on some area. Or alternatively, go visit one of the experienced clerks and have him walk you through things so you can help the less experienced clerks.

As for your specific questions, yes, moving records out and membership audits are both in LCR now. For both of them, once you select them from the menu they do lead you through the process pretty well.

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Re: Clerk training - cheat sheets

Postby jwnice » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:57 am

As a former stake clerk, this was very frustrating. Since I could not access anything in MLS, I told the clerks that they had to call SLC for assistance.

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Re: Clerk training - cheat sheets

Postby sbradshaw » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:27 am

To follow up on what eblood66 mentioned, the Help Center ( is the best place to find step-by-step instructions for using Leader and Clerk Resources. You'll need to be signed in with your LDS Account to see all the resources (which unfortunately means that a lot of those things won't show up if you're trying to find help via Google search).
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Re: Clerk training - cheat sheets

Postby davesudweeks » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:20 am

I would suggest that if you have some experienced ward clerks in your stake, you may enlist their help for tips and training documentation. After many, many years as a ward clerk with virtually no stake training during that time, I had to pretty much learn it all on my own (and follow this forum). I have offered assistance and training materials to the stake numerous times.

I'm pretty good at setting up training materials and am willing to assist on a handout or two if you would like.

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