Always Current

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“Always Current,” Ensign, Apr. 1999, 69

Always Current

Record keepers are important servants in the Lord’s kingdom. In their work—done largely behind the scenes—clerks of all kinds keep track of various facts, events, and actions taken.

For over 40 years Walter R. McDonald of the Caldwell Park Ward, Pocatello Idaho East Stake, has served as either a ward or stake clerk. For nearly half of his life, Walter has been entrusted with keeping financial, membership, and other ward or stake records.

Length of time in such service presupposes not only willingness to serve but trustworthiness and accuracy in the work as well. Walter was always meticulous in his work as a clerk, but then he takes great care in everything he does.

For nearly 40 years, he was an electrician in Pocatello. “With electricity you are always careful,” he says. “Excuses and explanations don’t work with electrical currents.” Walter has 2 children, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, so record keeping has taken a personal turn as he keeps track of his growing family.—Ardath E. Johnson, Pocatello, Idaho