Friday, September 12, 2014

Three easy ways to get your family excited about family history!

1. Video about the power of family history (indexing) in overcoming multiple addictions

In case the video isn't playing, click here.

2.  The Temple Challenge from and Elder Anderson here.

Be sure to enter your first name and watch the tally go up!  And to watch the video.

3. Spread the Youth Temple Challenge with this egg"Get cracking on family history" challenge.

4.  These awesome quotes.  

God wants us to do family history AND temple work. 

"I want to challenge each of you to set a personal goal to help prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple. As you seek to contribute to this sacred work, both by finding those needing ordinances and then beginning their work in the temple, your own knowledge and faith in the Savior will increase, and you will receive a more certain witness that life continues beyond the veil." (Elder Neil L. Anderson, Temple Challenge video). 

"Why Accept the Challenge? Spiritual Protection. Increased Testimony and Conversion. Help from the Other Side. Enhanced Temple Experiences." (Youth Temple Challenge page on

“Father in Heaven wants each of us to receive both parts of the blessing of this vital vicarious work. He has led others to show us how to qualify. It is up to you and me to claim those blessings. Any work you do in the temple is time well spent, but receiving ordinances vicariously for one of your own ancestors will make the time in the temple more sacred, and even greater blessings will be received. The First Presidency has declared, ‘Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors.’ [First Presidency letter, Feb. 29, 2012; emphasis added.]  

Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life" (Elder Richard G. Scott, "The Joy of Redeeming the Dead," 93-94).

“We must accomplish the priesthood temple ordinance work necessary for our own exaltation; then we must do the necessary work for those who did not have the opportunity to accept the gospel in life. Doing work for others is accomplished in two steps: first, by family history research to ascertain our progenitors; and second, by performing the temple ordinances to give them the same opportunities afforded to the living” (President Howard W. Hunter, “A Temple-Motivated People,”  Ensign, Feb. 1995, 4; see also “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” 93).

“There are many members of the Church who have only limited access to the temples. They do the best they can. They pursue family history research and have the temple ordinance work done by others. Conversely, there are some members who engage in temple work but fail to do family history research on their own family lines. Although they perform a divine service in assisting others, they lose a blessing by not seeking their own kindred dead as divinely directed by latter-day prophets. … I have learned that those who engage in family history research and then perform the temple ordinance work for those whose names they have found will know the additional joy of receiving both halves of the blessing” (President Howard W. Hunter, “A Temple-Motivated People,” 4–5; see also “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” 93).

Go here to see my favorite quotes about blessings of the temple. 

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