mrclary wrote:I don't want to be antagonistic, but I disagree with both chriswoodut and eblood66.
When printing a certificate, it will reflect the ward in which the certificate is printed. While a baby blessing is not a saving ordinance, it is still presided over by priesthood authority, in particular the Bishop of the ward in which the blessing takes place. For this reason, it is only appropriate for this Bishop to sign the blessing certificate and therefore should be printed and signed in the ward in which the blessing takes place. See Handbook 1, section 16 and Handbook2, section 20.
Fortunately, it is not a large hassle to handle this in another ward.
If the membership record has not been created, it can be created in the blessing ward, certificate printed and signed. When moving the record to the home ward, the baby can be directly placed in the parents' household; no action is required by the home ward clerk.
If the membership record has already been created, then it is easily pulled into the blessing ward. I might place the baby in mine or the bishop's household, just to have an address to complete the transfer. Print and sign the certificate, then return it to the home ward, again directly into the parents' household; again, no action is required by the home ward clerk.
I'd be happy if I could officially say that creating the record and certificate is not my responsibility since the parents and child don't live in our ward. I actually started doing it that way when I first become clerk and I got push back from a family that wanted the certificate to indicate the ward where the child was blessed. If you read the instructions (that are lacking) and the certificate itself, it could be interpreted both ways.
Note that if I push the record to the other ward, I can't select the family to merge it into. Only if the other ward PULLS the record can they merge it in one step -- otherwise it's two steps.