daveywest wrote:You should never have annonymous donations.
I don't know how you can make sure you never have anonymous donations. The whole question on this thread is what to do when an anonymous donation is received -- it will happen, and because it is anonymous, you can't really stop it from happening. The Donations wiki article does describe what to do when a donor name is not specified (and I would note that the section of that article that covers this particular topic was written by a Church employee with responsibility for documentation in this area). Why would a procedure for handling such donations be documented if it should never happen?
daveywest wrote:The online training provides for listing a donation coming from an "unknown" donor.
The online training doesn't say anything about this situation. I think you're confusing the online training with the wiki.
daveywest wrote:There are specific instructions to not accept anonymous tithing donations due to tithing being a part of temple worthiness.
What is your reference for this claim? I can't find any documentation that says anything like this in the Handbook, online training, or any other written materials. To the contrary, we are specifically told in the wiki article both you and I referenced how to handle anonymous donations, and the category of tithing is specifically noted as the category to use when a category was not specified and the donor cannot be determined.
daveywest wrote:According to the Handbook of instructions, members who have been excommunicated may not pay tithing or other offerings.
That is indeed true. If the bishop has reason to suspect that an excommunicated member is doing this, he should counsel with that individual.
daveywest wrote:If you have unknown donors, the bishop should announce from the pulpit that the church cannot accept those donations and avoid doing so in the future.
Again, what is your reference? I've never heard this, and since I don't believe that anonymous donations cannot be accepted, I don't see how it can be appropriate to make such an announcement.