What can we do to reverse the decision for the Temples not to return our family name slips?
Yesterday July 10 we went to the Manti Temple and accomplished the following:
- about 70 baptisms
- 8 Initiatories
- 10 sealings
- 2 Endowments
It will take me approximately 4 hours of work to reprint the family name slips and given that I have to print them out 4 times to complete a name that means about 16 hours of my time to do something that is repetitive and non-productive. This also means that approximately an additional 120 pages of paper are being wasted. This is not a good financial situation for the Church or more specifically the Stake Family History Center where we are doing our work, as they have to buy the paper. Nor is it a good green environmental policy to waste so much paper.
Not returning Family Name Slips to the Patrons is a terrible customer service policy, and has been a pain in the you know what since instituted.
I understand that it was a burden on the Temple Recorder's staff to get the names / ordinances recorded and the family name slips returned quickly to the patrons. This expectation being stressful upon Temple staff, but the burden placed upon me as a temple patron resulting from that the policy of not returning family name slips is horrendous. Am I willing to wait a few minutes extra to allow the Temple Staff to get the ordinances recorded and return the slips, yes definitely I am.
Also another reality factor is that I have now encountered two occasions where the Recorders offices have made mistakes in getting the ordinances recorded accurately. Ordinances were recorded as having been completed when they were not. One just happened yesterday. Mistakes are expected, but without the Family Name slips being returned to me, my ability to QA the accuracy of the work of Recorder's office staff is essentially eliminated and I am at the mercy of my memory to remember names and ordinances completed. This is unacceptable. (P.S. Requiring me to keep a record of what I am taking to the Temple would add additional unnecessary time to the process.)
Being a first generation convert to the Church I have an almost insurmountable amount or work to get done. There is a non-member distant relative who has been doing research for about 15 years and has placed the names of about 68,000 of my relatives / ancestors onto the European Geneanet web site. So as I ponder the extra amount of time it takes me to get Family Name Slips printed out 4 times rather then what should be a single time, it would be easy to get depressed, and say forget it , this is too much of a pain in the neck.
The policy of not returning our Family Name Slips needs to be reversed.
Brother Carl Sedlak, Spring City First Ward, Mount Pleasant Utah Stake.