jmower wrote:Yes, I tried those things, but I do not have a customer number that I know of. Our ward number is a 5 digit number, not a 7-digit number as directed
The instructions on store.lds.org under Unit Materials give the customer ID (the same for all Church units), and also explain that your user ID is LDS#######, where ######## is your 7-digit unit number. If your unit has fewer than 7 digits, then pad on the left with zeroes, e.g., if your unit number is 12345, then your user ID is LDS0012345.
jmower wrote:...and none of the passwords work that get me into MLS.
The password is listed on that same page.
jmower wrote:Is it permissible for me to use Amazon and get reimbursed? It seems much easier.
Yes, it's permissible; you can purchase supplies anywhere and get reimbursed, as long as you are being prudent with costs and you have proper receipts. However, using Staples via store.lds.org is much easier once you figure it out. Your ward's checking account gets charged automatically, so you don't have to submit as much paperwork, the clerk doesn't have to write a check, and you don't have to deposit it. It really does save time and hassle every time you buy, and with the Church's volume discounts, you will be hard pressed to beat the Staples prices in most cases.