Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

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jtyewhit
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Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

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Hoping you can steer me to where I can find guidance on reporting sacrament mtg. attendance while some stakes have cancelled mtgs. due to the coronavirus issue in part of Washington.

If our wards report zero attendance, I think this could impact their funding because one component of a ward's budget allowance is determined by Salt Lake based on their sacrament mtg. attendance.
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Meetings with zero attendance are not counted.
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If Sacrament meeting is not held for any reason then leave the entry field blank for that week.
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I would personally think that even in locations where a decision had been made to do something like only hold sacrament meeting but not the second hour class, your local Priesthood leaders may give you discretion to enter a zero for sacrament meeting attendance. It would be unfortunate to be negatively impacted in terms of attendance, by the very-understandable reluctance or inability of many church members to attend a public sacrament meeting in those unique circumstances, resulting in an abnormally low (but not zero) attendance. But I'd say that's where local leaders should make the decision.
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BrianEdwards wrote:But I'd say that's where local leaders should make the decision.
I don't disagree, but they might want to keep the count (even if they don't enter it) and run the situation by their presiding authority.

This could be a long-term thing that will impact events for some time. The low sacrament attendance could be reflected in ward activities resulting in a reduction on the demands on the ward budget.
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Well yesterday, the ward clerk and assistant clerk were both out sick, so nobody counted attendance.
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Thank you for the answer (record 0 and it won't be counted against your average)

I called the help desk in Salt Lake and confirmed this. They also pointed out that this is what we should record in each ward on stake conference Sunday.
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Now everybody needs to enter "0" each week until further notice!
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supersc wrote:Now everybody needs to enter "0" each week until further notice!
Or nothing. Both 0 and null are not included in the average.
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Don't forget to count how many stayed home! :)
http://beckstrombuzz.blogspot.com/2020/ ... count.html
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