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Question #91035 posted on 03/26/2018 9 p.m.
Q:

Other than statistics, what is the importance of keeping track of member attendance? I started wondering this a few weeks ago when I subbed over a primary class, meaning I didn't mark that I was at church that day. I believe in the eternal scheme of things there's a perfect record being kept, but I was curious about the present, mortal life.

Thanks!
-Laxyak

A:

Dear friend,

In a very practical way, attendance is used for statistics for the church, and even more specifically to calculate the amount of money given to each congregation for activities and various auxiliaries. It's sometimes used by church leaders to see who hasn't been coming to church, sure, but it's most often just because the church loves keeping records. When I was a branch president, I exclusively used it to file quarterly reports, which were used to calculate the amount of money we got.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave