I thought about the role of clerks in the Church after my last post on the LDS.org training materials. Some of the most competent, faithful, and dependable people in the Church fill the quiet and often unrecognized positions of clerks. Perhaps it’s time to recognize their work more and to express some gratitude.
I think the average member has no idea how important that calling is and how technically demanding it can be. So much of the work of the Church depends on getting the right information organized in a computer. Each organization needs membership lists, roles, etc. Efforts to reach out to less active members require information about who they are. Welfare efforts and the operations of the Church depend upon faithful accounting of finances and entry of donations by people of impeccable integrity. It’s all demanding work that is often not noticed by others. So give your ward or branch clerk a hug – or better yet, an apple pie.
And as for any clerk with the patience to endure the Church’s MLS record keeping software, well, there’s only one thing to say: “You’re a saint!” (I’m not kidding here. It’s the only case I’ve seen where I yearned for the ancient DOS version of a Windows program. For you MLS defenders, here’s a pop quiz: show me how to use MLS 2.2.2 to print out a useful list of prospective elders without having to kluge together a customized report, or show me how to print out useful pages of home teaching assignments without cutting and pasting and writing in basic information by hand, pages that I can simply hand to home teachers so they can have phone numbers, etc., for their people.)