The Lord commanded the Church to keep records. Four types of records, designed to help leaders support members and for which forms are provided, are:
Financial records (member contributions and monthly financial report).
Member progress reports (member attendance and priesthood office of new converts).
Membership records (member information, including ordinances).
Historical records (sustaining of officers and record of activities).
In keeping these records and preparing these reports, the branch president should follow the instructions of the mission president. He may call a branch clerk to help keep records.
Under the direction of the mission president, branch leaders are taught the importance and use of records and reports and are to record important branch or ward historical events. Confidential information on Church records should be guarded carefully by those who handle these sacred records.