Expiration of Member Record, no baptism?

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thebundok
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Expiration of Member Record, no baptism?

Postby thebundok » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:41 am

Hi all,

Second time as Ward Clerk, but still getting my footing (first round wasn't very long). Bishop asked me today "Do you know how long we keep their member record if they are not baptized?" I believe he means if they have a member record (birth blessing for instance) but are never baptized at 8 or later.

Do the records just disappear after they turn 18? Do they remain in our church records indefinitely? Should I be "purging" these records if they're still around (especially if no one knows who the person is)?

Brings up another point about member records. If we do know someone, and where they live but they have absolutely no interest in the church, its members, the missionaries or teachings and have asked us never to visit/call again, do we leave those records where they are or should we be doing something about them?

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Re: Expiration of Member Record, no baptism?

Postby drepouille » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:50 am

The standard answer to such questions is, "What does the Handbook say?" Please see Handbook 1, section 13.6.2.

I would also point you to this article in the Help Center:
https://www.lds.org/help/support/canceling-a-record
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Re: Expiration of Member Record, no baptism?

Postby russellhltn » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:04 am

thebundok wrote:Brings up another point about member records. If we do know someone, and where they live but they have absolutely no interest in the church, its members, the missionaries or teachings and have asked us never to visit/call again, do we leave those records where they are or should we be doing something about them?


Handbook 1: 16.4

I would suggest spending some time perusing the Handbook. It would help you answer questions as they come up.
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Re: Expiration of Member Record, no baptism?

Postby jpjones~ogr » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:09 pm

As the handbook indicates, actions regarding such records fall to the Bishop and Stake President. However, my experience has been that conditions associated with these individuals progress tend to be quite sensitive, or at least are perceived to be. My bishops tended to move on to other matters as soon as they reviewed the handbook's instruction.

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