When a full-time missionary interviews a convert baptismal candidate, he completes all of the Baptism and Confirmation Record except the information about confirmation. At the baptismal service, the missionaries give this form to the bishop or one of his counselors. After the confirmation, the bishop or ward clerk completes the confirmation information. The ward clerk then returns two copies of the form to the full-time missionaries. The missionaries send one copy to the mission office for the creation of a membership record.
I am uncomfortable creating the record when the handbook specifically states that it is the responsibility of the Mission Office, and the mission office won't give me anything as documentation regarding this "beta" program from Salt Lake saying that ward clerks are supposed to take over this responsibility. I have communicated this to them, but they refuse. as a result, the baptism took place almost a month ago, but has not yet been recorded.
Should I just go ahead and create the record? Or should I wait for that documentation? Some may not feel like it is a big deal to just create the record, but I have had to fall back on the handbook several times when being questioned by the Bishop or even the Stake Presidency in some cases regarding proper procedure, so I am uncomfortable doing something that the handbook says should be done by someone else.