This subject was resurrected to some degree in the MLS Support, Help, and Feedback > Visual Org Chart thread. Rather than continue the fork in that thread, I'll add my 2 cents here (with thanks to danpass for remembering this discussion and providing the link).mkmurray wrote:If somebody does have a different idea or some new slant to add to the discussion, the please feel free.
I do have a different slant on why a calling history would be helpful. When a stake president is filling out the form recommending a new bishop, he needs to supply past callings on the form for the recommended individual. Obviously, it would be touchy for the stake president to call up the member and ask about this history. If the member has been in the stake for awhile, the president probably has a good idea what the history is, but many times, the president just doesn't have that info. Depending on the reason for replacing the current bishop, it may be acceptable for the president to ask that bishop...who may or may not be able to help.
Anyway, it appears that CDOL is starting to keep a record of historical callings. My current stake president was serving as a bishop when called and his tenure in that bishop calling is recorded in CDOL for him. My own entry has no history, but I'm sure it's because the practice is fairly recent and I've been a stake clerk for a number of years now.