As a stake president I sometimes run the risk of coming under the condemnation of the Lord for not ensuring that bishops, clerks and other leaders are properly trained in their duties.
We had an instance just last week where Jim, a less active member, maliciously took advantage of a bran new ward clerk by asking him for a copy of his own membership record. The clerk unaware of the policy but wrongly thinking that it should be everybody’s right to see what the Church records show on them gave him a copy. Jim then got all upset at the bishop because as he had suspected there was an annotation on his file regarding some unresolved church discipline.
The church has put policies in place to prevent this sort of situation from happening. During tithing settlement each year members are given a copy of their Individual Ordinance Summary and are encouraged to check it for accuracy, but these summaries are different than official church membership records.
To quote from Handbook 1 for Stake Presidents and Bishops under section 13.6 “
membership records should not be shown or given to members. Under no circumstances may membership records be given to anyone other than the bishop or a clerk.” Official Church
I resolve to do a better job as a stake president going forward to ensure that leaders are properly trained so that members will not be exposed to the information that the Lord would have us keep confidential.