lajackson wrote:In this situation, I think I would reconcile them starting at December 2007, then move forward from there. It would be as if they just recently got the computer and moved onto MLS.
It's not a good idea to force balances in December 2007. You should force balances starting in January 2005 if you are in the United States and January 2003 if you are in Canada. You should re-reconcile each month and come forward. The reason why you should not force balances in December 2007 is because you assume that the statement is correct by doing this. This will not take into account all the category adjustments in MLS that were never called in. There could be NSF checks waiting to be refunded to your other account. There could also be expenses and deposits put in the wrong category. Most likely that would be the case if the clerk at the time wasn't knowledgeable in financial procedures.
If you are a ward or branch clerk, please contact the stake for help. If you are the stake clerk, please contact HQ for assistance. Church HQ can set up a reconcile appointment. They will look at the reconciles and force balances and take you a few months forward so you can reconcile without having to worry about prior errors.