Request for Membership record removal...

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Request for Membership record removal...

Postby dbyram » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:36 pm

Unfortunately, yesterday I was made aware of couple in our ward that would like their names removed from church records. I do not find any guidelines in the church Handbook 2 that addresses this issue. I discussed this with our Ward clerk and he asked me (I'm the assistant ward clerk) to write a letter with pertinent information and have the couple sign it and have two witnesses sign it. Then turn it over to the ward clerk to write the Administrative letter to go to the Bishop. I thought the individual or couple wishing to have names removed from church records had to write the letter. I would like some input as to what the proper process should be. Thank you.

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Re: Request for Membership record removal...

Postby russellhltn » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:46 pm

Handbook 1 6:14 has the information you seek.

I personally am not comfortable with writing a letter for them and saying "sign here". I'd let them know what information it needs to contain to go though the process without additional back and forth. (Outlined in the second paragraph and the start of the third.) But I'd make them write it. Unless I'm missing something, I don't see any requirement for two witnesses.
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Re: Request for Membership record removal...

Postby dbyram » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:21 pm

Thank you Russell. My calling does not give me access to Handbook 1...therefore I don't know what that section references nor the guidance it provides. I believe that handbook is for Bishops and Stake leaders only. I do agree that I don't feel comfortable writing a letter for someone else that wishes to have their names removed from church records.

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Re: Request for Membership record removal...

Postby russellhltn » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:29 pm

dbyram wrote:My calling does not give me access to Handbook 1...

Mmmm. That's odd. Unless "assistant ward clerk" isn't a standard calling, I'd think it would. Does this link work? It shouldn't work if you really don't have access.

If not, then ask the Ward Clerk to review it and work with you on understanding what needs to be done.
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Re: Request for Membership record removal...

Postby dbyram » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:41 pm

Thanks Russell...the link worked. I didn't know that I had access to Handbook 1. I copied the referenced section as you pointed out. Will read it and follow up appropriately. If I have further questions I will consult with the ward clerk and Bishop. Thanks again.

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Re: Request for Membership record removal...

Postby johnshaw » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:41 am

Not sure that it matters, but in my own mind, a Ward Clerk should be doing this. This type of activity should be limited to the least amount of people possible.
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Re: Request for Membership record removal...

Postby drepouille » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:47 am

I agree, John. The interface with the members in question is the home teachers and the quorum leader. Once they collect the information and the letter (not a form letter, please), it goes to the bishop and the ward clerk, who should scan and upload the letter to LCR and complete the electronic form.
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Re: Request for Membership record removal...

Postby dbyram » Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:28 pm

Thanks you for your replies. I just happen to be their home teacher and my wife is the visiting teacher. I also have the calling of asst. Membership Clerk. Our ward clerk has asked me handle this as he will be tasked with filling out the Administrative document to have the Bishop and the Stake President sign. The Handbook 1 section referenced in an earlier post makes this issue fairly clear cut and I appreciate the feedback from Russell (moderator). I am going to discuss this with the Bishop as I'm sure this matter can be handled in due time.


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