Feature Requests: Email VT/HT Changes, Add Comments Box for VT/HT Companionships

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Rebecca84
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Feature Requests: Email VT/HT Changes, Add Comments Box for VT/HT Companionships

Postby Rebecca84 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:18 pm

I'm the Relief Society secretary and am responsible for reporting and updating VT changes in "Leader and Clerk Resources." I would LOVE the ability to send a email from LDS.org directly to companionships containing all their visiting teaching assignment and supervisor information. If this capability already exists and you know how to find it, please post a reply!

The other feature I would be very glad to have is a comment/notes box for visiting teaching and home teaching companionships. Often, we need to assign VT/HT for an individual or family for whom we do not yet have official Church records. Other times, we need to include short instructions, such as how the companionships should contact a specific sister. The notes box would give leaders and clerks an opportunity to add special instructions to a VT/HT assignment.

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Re: Feature Requests: Email VT/HT Changes, Add Comments Box for VT/HT Companionships

Postby russellhltn » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:46 pm

I really doubt if either will happen. My personal reading of the situation is that our leaders will nix anything that encourages the concept of "here's your tasks, tell me when you hit your checkboxes". There needs to be some quality interaction in both the assignment and the reporting.

Free-form fields are unlikely as well. It becomes a liability for the church when it's "recorded" in a computer system. That's the kind of thing that should be communicated as part of the assignment.
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Re: Feature Requests: Email VT/HT Changes, Add Comments Box for VT/HT Companionships

Postby dmarsha11 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:24 pm

I understand what you are saying about legal liabilities but there really needs to be a way to track members who have requested no contact. Sometimes visiting someone who has requested no contact can cause more harm than good. The legal liabilities issue can go the other way too when people decide to use other systems to track this type of information. This doesn't even need to be a text field of any kind. it could simply be a flag of some kind.

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Re: Feature Requests: Email VT/HT Changes, Add Comments Box for VT/HT Companionships

Postby jdlessley » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:48 pm

dmarsha11 wrote:I understand what you are saying about legal liabilities but there really needs to be a way to track members who have requested no contact.

Your original post did not mention members requesting not to be contacted. That has been a discussion topic long before the LDSTech Forum was ever created. The official response from headquarters was, and still is, that, and I paraphrase, membership records should not include any do not contact or "dnc" annotations. There are a number of forum threads discussing the methods used to track members requesting not to be contacted. The one I have found that works best is to place all the households for home teaching and all sisters for visiting teaching under one unique district with the bishop as the district supervisor for home teaching and the Relief Society President as the district supervisor for visiting teaching.

dmarsha11 wrote:This doesn't even need to be a text field of any kind. it could simply be a flag of some kind.

This is specifically what the church direction prohibits.
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