Display of middle names

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christeanaa
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Display of middle names

Postby christeanaa » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:15 pm

Since I've been clerk, I've noticed that most all the members that have come into our ward are displayed everywhere, almost, with their full names - middle names are shown on mailing labels, at LDS.org, etc. The members listed before I became clerk do not show middle names. Is this as simple as when I receive new records, or request them, I should edit out the middle names? I can't find any settings for this, so it would seem my only option would be to go into the individual member screen and edit out middle names. I haven't done that yet, with concern that it would somehow fill upward to Church HQ? Any guidance here?

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Re: Display of middle names

Postby russellhltn » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:02 am

I assume you're editing the "preferred name", not the full name.

I'm not sure if preferred name transfers when the record moves.
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Re: Display of middle names

Postby jdlessley » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:14 am

russellhltn wrote:I'm not sure if preferred name transfers when the record moves.

The two times I have moved in the past three years my preferred name moved with my records.
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Re: Display of middle names

Postby Mikerowaved » Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:13 pm

christeanaa wrote:...so it would seem my only option would be to go into the individual member screen and edit out middle names.

How would you know a member doesn't wish to be called by their middle name, or a variation of their name, e.g., "Rob" "Robbie" "Bob" "Bert" etc. for "Robert"? I wouldn't arbitrarily change a Preferred Name entry unless you actually know what a member prefers.
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Re: Display of middle names

Postby sbradshaw » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:07 pm

christeanaa wrote:Since I've been clerk, I've noticed that most all the members that have come into our ward are displayed everywhere, almost, with their full names - middle names are shown on mailing labels, at LDS.org, etc. The members listed before I became clerk do not show middle names. Is this as simple as when I receive new records, or request them, I should edit out the middle names? I can't find any settings for this, so it would seem my only option would be to go into the individual member screen and edit out middle names. I haven't done that yet, with concern that it would somehow fill upward to Church HQ? Any guidance here?


The "preferred name" can be edited by the clerk and from what I understand it transfers with the records. But make sure you don't edit their actual full name unless there really is an error of some sort.

When a member moves in, you can ask them what they would like their name to appear as on the LDS.org directory – give them a few suggestions, like with no middle name, with just a middle initial, or with a name other than their first name... It is nice to be somewhat standardized for the directory but make sure it really is the member's preferred name.


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