Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

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Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby troy.ochsenbein » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:47 am

I was recently told that the MMD for our missionaries needs to be paid. Should i pay that from the ward missionary budget for existing as well as future missionaries?

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby russellhltn » Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:28 am

I'm sure there's some directive on the subject, but I for tax reasons, I believe that would be incorrect. Donations to the Ward Missionary Fund are tax-deductible. But since the iPad is given to the missionary and is his/hers to keep after the mission, it's not a tax deductible expense. I thought MMD payments were run though the "other" account for that reason. (Since typically "other" does not appear on the end-of-year tax statement.)

Handbook 1: 14.4.3 says that funds should not be sent directly to the missionary. That was written before the MMD came about. I'd suggest that paying for the MMD from the Ward Missionary Fund may violate that principle - at least in the eyes of tax law.
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Re: Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby guycolbyiv » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:57 pm

Since mobile device payments are not tax deductible, it is not appropriate to fund these devices using contributions to tax deductible categories (such as fast offerings or ward missionary funds). And since budget allowances come from the general tithing revenues of the Church, they should not be paid for with budget funds either. The missionary mobile device letters which go to stake presidents explain that the cost of the mobile devices is the responsibility of the missionaries and their families. These letters also suggest that if families need help in funding these devices, bishops and stake presidents can approach other members of the ward or stake and request assistance.

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby russellhltn » Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:53 am

guycolbyiv wrote:These letters also suggest that if families need help in funding these devices, bishops and stake presidents can approach other members of the ward or stake and request assistance.

I thought when this program started, there was an option where the church would supply the unit, but it had to be turned in at the end of the mission. If there's a problem with paying for it, it might be worth talking to the missionary department about other options.
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Re: Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby dillonlexington » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:29 am

Question, I have a father of a missionary who paid for this device and the payment is showing up on his (the father's) account and not the missionary's. How can I change this so the missionary gets credit for the payment.

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby darthjarjar » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:29 am

How did he pay the fee?
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Re: Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby eblood66 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:47 am

dillonlexington wrote:Question, I have a father of a missionary who paid for this device and the payment is showing up on his (the father's) account and not the missionary's. How can I change this so the missionary gets credit for the payment.

You would have to change the donor associated with the payment in MLS. Use Finance > View/Update Donations from the menu to find the appropriate batch and then donation and then change the donor.

But I'm not sure it really matters that much since this payment will not show up as a charitable donation on for either father or missionary.

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device - Payment

Postby russellhltn » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:53 am

dillonlexington wrote:I have a father of a missionary who paid for this device and the payment is showing up on his (the father's) account and not the missionary's. How can I change this so the missionary gets credit for the payment.


When you say "father's account", what do you mean? If the father paid for it, then it should show that the father was the donor. What matters is the payment was added to the correct Ward Missionary sub-category. For that, you can edit the donation.
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