warnick wrote:We have a missionary who had an extended family member that sent a check to help the missionary buy suits and supplies for the mission, but it ended up going to the ward and was deposited into the missionary's ward mission sub-account by mistake. In that case, is it acceptable to write a check to get the funds to the missionary?
This is an unfortunate case where the parties involved simply don't know how the ward mission fund works. The donor did not realize that you can't really designate a donation like that to benefit one, specific missionary. The bishopric member and clerk who accepted the donation didn't realize what it was intended to do and/or that the intention was against policy.
Something similar happened in another ward that I'm familiar with. A young man was about to leave on a mission. His family had some recent financial strain. The Ward Mission Fund had "surplus" money. The (newly called) Bishop approved of writing a check from the Ward Mission Fund to buy clothing for the missionary. It seemed like a reasonable thing (to the newly called Bishop) but, after it all happened, he was informed (by a note from the higher-ups) that it was not appropriate. Someone asked me "Okay then, what was the correct way we should have done this?" I didn't know. What category would you use if this were handled as Fast Offering assistance? In the end, there was no further follow-up and whatever happened was allowed to stand.
In the case above, mentioned by warnick, I suppose the correct thing would be for the extended family member to simply pay for the supplies without running it through the ward account, because it really cannot be counted as a charitable donation. The ward cannot get mixed up in a deal like that.