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Clerks overview

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  • "Behold, there shall be a record kept among you." - D&C 21:1
  • "It is the duty of the Lord's clerk, whom he has appointed, to keep a history, and a general church record of all things that transpire in Zion." - D&C 85:1
  • "Let all the records be had in order." - D&C 127:9
  • "Whatsoever you record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and whatsoever you do not record on earth shall not be recorded in heaven." - D&C 128: 2-4, 6-9, 14, 20, 24
  • "And their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God." - Moroni 6:4

Clerks work closely with priesthood leaders and secretaries, and help make their service more effective by:

  • providing reports and records
  • providing training and familiarity with church guidelines
  • tracking and following up on actions
  • fulfilling the many record-keeping responsibilities in the Church.

Broadly speaking, clerks are either called to serve with a stake presidency and work on stake administration, a stake clerk or his assistants, or called to serve with a bishopric and work on ward administration, a ward clerk or his assistants.


A clerk, under the direction of his priesthood leader, will have some or all of the following responsibilities[1]:



  • Prepare and provide membership and financial reports
  • Analyze trends, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Supervise the work of assistant clerks and secretaries


  • Respond to record-keeping questions and request for help
  • Ensure that assistant clerks and secretaries understand:
    • Their record keeping responsibilities
    • How to use Church record-keeping software (MLS)
    • The value and importance of their work
    • The confidentiality of records

See also

Ward data transmitted to stake

Information resources

Clerks should rely on official sources for instructions regarding their callings.

In addition to official sources, the larger clerk community contributes helpful information in various other places such as:

  • Tech: The official technology site of the LDS Church, including news, forums (including an MLS forum), and this wiki.
  • LDSClerks: LDS Clerks mailing list hosted at Messages sent to this list are also available through a Yahoo group or a Google Group.
  • LDSOSS: LDS Open Source and Standards, consisting of a wiki and a mailing list.


  1., The Role of the Ward Clerk  , (Record-Keeping and Auditing Training)