Date: October 11, 2018 11:27AM
When I was ward clerk, I assigned the membership clerk the responsibility to walk the aisles and count the people. On those rare occasions when he missed sacrament meeting, I had to do the head count.
My bishop never asked me to alter any numbers, but the stake clerk was a different story. On more than one occasion, he asked that I come to his house and review numbers. He was retired, and he spent many hours reviewing and re-reviewing every number. He'd ask me questions like "why is it that course 14 in Sunday School had an average attendance of twelve in the first quarter and only eight last quarter?" I tried telling him once that I just reported what the auxiliary secretaries reported to me, but he didn't accept that answer. I learned to report fictitious numbers that were close to, and sometimes slightly better than, the previous quarter.