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Temple and Family History Plan - 5th Sunday Lesson

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Temple and Family History Plan - 5th Sunday Lesson

  1. 1. Temple and Family History Plan Rockwall 2nd Ward - June 30, 2019
  2. 2. 2 Guidelines for Ward Temple and Family History Plans from Elder Dale G. Renlund • The plan should… • “Include ways to lift the ward’s overall vision and attitude toward temple and family history work.” • “Involve every new convert, 11 years and older, in family history work.” • “Encourage, coordinate, and facilitate temple attendance without establishing quotas or reporting systems for temple attendance.” • Be “simple and clear” • (See https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/broadcasts/miscellaneous- events/2019/02/11renlund?lang=eng)
  3. 3. Have a Church Account and know how to log in to Church websites and mobile apps     Visit FamilySearch.org and be familiar with website Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Have a temple recommend     Attend the temple to perform saving ordinances such as baptisms, endowment, and sealings. Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Index names (digitize records) Occasionally Regularly Frequently Find family names and print temple cards from FS.org    Do temple ordinances for deceased family members names that you researched and found    Help your family and others do family history work   Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FamilySearch.org   Upload photos, stories, and documents to FS.org   Do original research to find new family names  Add new names to your family tree on FS.org  Temple and Family History Plan Please Note: • The “Crawl-Walk-Run-Fly” rating scale is a self-evaluation. No one is keeping score of where you are. • The action items listed are some examples of temple and family history activities. It is not an all-encompassing list. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  4. 4. 4 1. Have a Church Account (username and password) and know how to log in to Church websites and mobile apps • A vital first step in using the Church’s websites and mobile apps like FamilySearch.org and Family Tree is get a “Church Account” • 1. Go to https://account.churchofjesuschrist.org • 2. Click Register for an LDS Account. • 3. Fill in your membership record number and other personal details. • 4. Complete your profile details. • 5. Enter your display name • 6. Enter your e-mail address. • 7. Select your country and preferred language • 8. Enter your desired user name and password. • 9. Review and accept the Conditions of Use. • 10. Review your account information. • 11. Click Create Account. • 12. Check your email • 13. Open the email sent to you from the Church • 14. Click on the link in your email. • 15. Click Continue in the new window that pops up. • Your Registration is complete!
  5. 5. 2. Visit FamilySearch.org and be familiar with website/mobile app • FamilySearch… • Is owned and operated by the Church • It’s the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world • Over 4 billion names • Has features to help you document important information about your ancestors • Is designed to help you find ordinances that are ready to perform for your ancestors • Can show you where your ancestors are from on a world map • Has free phone/email support
  6. 6. 6 2. Visit FamilySearch.org and be familiar with website/app • “The Lord has made available in our day remarkable resources that enable you to learn about and love [family history] work. …FamilySearch is a collection of records, resources, and services easily accessible with personal computers and a variety of handheld devices, designed to help people discover and document their family history.” • The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn by David A. Bednar, Oct 2011 • Referring to FamilySearch.org, Elder Bednar has said the primary “family history centers now are in our homes. Supplemental support for our family history research work also is available in our meetinghouses.” • Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing by Elder David A. Bednar, April 2019
  7. 7. 7 3. Have a Temple Recommend • “We pray that each of you, regardless of your current circumstances, will counsel with your bishop and be worthy of a temple recommend. We are grateful that many more members are preparing to go to the temple. There has been a significant increase in the number of worthy adult temple recommend holders for many years. Limited-use recommends for worthy youth have increased dramatically over the last two years. Clearly the faithful core membership of the Church has never been stronger.” • Prepare to Meet God by Elder Quentin L. Cook, April 2018
  8. 8. 8 4. Attend the temple to perform saving ordinances such as baptisms, endowment, and sealings. • “The primary blessings of the temple are the ordinances of exaltation. The gospel plan is about exaltation and encompasses making and keeping sacred covenants with God. Except for baptism and confirmation, these ordinances and covenants are performed and received in the temple for the living. For the dead, all the saving ordinances and covenants are received in the temple.” • See Yourself in the Temple by Elder Quentin L. Cook, April 2016
  9. 9. Have a Church Account and know how to log in to Church websites and mobile apps     Visit FamilySearch.org and be familiar with website Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Have a temple recommend     Attend the temple to perform saving ordinances such as baptisms, endowment, and sealings. Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Index names (digitize records) Occasionally Regularly Frequently Find family names and print temple cards from FS.org    Do temple ordinances for deceased family members names that you researched and found    Help your family and others do family history work   Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FamilySearch.org   Upload photos, stories, and documents to FS.org   Do original research to find new family names  Add new names to your family tree on FS.org  Temple and Family History Plan Please Note: • The “Crawl-Walk-Run-Fly” rating scale is a self-evaluation. No one is keeping score of where you are. • The action items listed are some examples of temple and family history activities. It is not an all-encompassing list. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  10. 10. 10 5. Index Names (digitize records) • The indexing process transforms information from old genealogical records into digital format • People doing indexing look at images of genealogical documents and type what they see into forms on their computers. • Indexing makes records available and searchable. • Thanks to indexing, searches that used to take hours, days, or even years can now be accomplished in seconds.
  11. 11. 11 5. Index Names (digitize records) • To do indexing: • Go to FamilySearch.org • Then click on “Indexing” in the main menu to get started
  12. 12. 12 6. Find family names and print temple cards from FamilySearch.org Click on green temple icon and press the “Request” button to reserve the name for temple work.
  13. 13. 13 6. Find family names and print temple cards from FamilySearch.org • Once reserved, go to the “Temple” tab in the main menu • Click the name you want to print, then the “Print” button • Print the card on you home printer and bring it to the temple to do the ordinance work for your ancestor
  14. 14. 14 6. Find family names and print temple cards from FamilySearch.org • “Many faithful Saints have done the work of researching their family lines and are using the reserve feature of FamilySearch to hold the ordinances for their own family members to serve as proxy. The intent of reserving names is to allow a reasonable period of time for individuals to perform ordinances for ancestors …. Ancestors who have been found are no doubt anxious and thrilled when their names are cleared for ordinances.” • The Joy of Redeeming the Dead by Elder Richard G. Scott, Oct 2012
  15. 15. 15 7. Do temple ordinances for deceased family members names that you researched and found • “As you engage in this work, I think you will find that the Lord is in its details. An experience demonstrates this. I recently learned of a mother who regularly escorted her children to the temple to perform proxy baptisms. On this particular day, as this family completed their baptisms and were leaving the temple, a man entered the baptistry area with a large batch of his own family names. Realizing there was no one remaining in the baptistry to assist with these family names, a temple worker caught the departing family and asked the children if they would consider reentering and changing once again to assist with these baptisms. They willingly agreed and went back in. As the children were baptized, their mother, listening, began to recognize the names and soon, to the amazement of all, realized the man’s batch of family names were deceased ancestors of her family as well. A sweet, tender mercy for them.” • Where Are the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood? by Elder Gary E. Stevenson, April 2016
  16. 16. Have a Church Account and know how to log in to Church websites and mobile apps     Visit FamilySearch.org and be familiar with website Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Have a temple recommend     Attend the temple to perform saving ordinances such as baptisms, endowment, and sealings. Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Index names (digitize records) Occasionally Regularly Frequently Find family names and print temple cards from FS.org    Do temple ordinances for deceased family members names that you researched and found    Help your family and others do family history work   Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FamilySearch.org   Upload photos, stories, and documents to FS.org   Do original research to find new family names  Add new names to your family tree on FS.org  Temple and Family History Plan Please Note: • The “Crawl-Walk-Run-Fly” rating scale is a self-evaluation. No one is keeping score of where you are. • The action items listed are some examples of temple and family history activities. It is not an all-encompassing list. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  17. 17. 17 8. Help your family and others do family history work • “As Church members, we do have a divinely appointed responsibility to seek out our ancestors and compile family histories. This is far more than an encouraged hobby, because the ordinances of salvation are necessary for all of God’s children. We are to identify our own ancestors who died without receiving the ordinances of salvation. We can perform the ordinances vicariously in temples, and our ancestors may choose to accept the ordinances. We are also encouraged to help ward and stake members with their family names. It is breathtakingly amazing that, through family history and temple work, we can help to redeem the dead.” • Sealing and Healing by Elder Dale G. Renlund, April 2018
  18. 18. 18 9. Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FS.org • FamilySearch.org has many features to help ensure accuracy • Keeping family tree information clean and accurate helps us get more temple work done • By not checking sources, people inadvertently do temple work for none existent individuals • By not checking for duplicates, we inadvertently do the temple work for the same individuals over and over again • “The practice of keeping accurate records increases the efficiency and accuracy of family history work.” • Introduction to Family History Student Manual chapter 4
  19. 19. 19 9. Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FS.org • Making sure all the information in our family tree is backed up by sources is important to help ensure accuracy • I have also found that seeking out sources for the information already in FamilySearch has been an incredibly fruitful way to find the names of new individuals to add to the tree and do temple work for • See this article on adding sources: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/add-sources/
  20. 20. 20 9. Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FS.org • FamilySearch.org allows users to merge the records when there are two for the same person • You can initiate this merge feature on your own and FS.org will also point out “possible duplicates” that it finds • During the merge, • Users choose which data to keep and which to archive • Users are shown all of the information and relationships from both records • Users compare each piece of information and choose which to keep and which to archive • Users should consult source records (birth certificates, marriage records, etc.) when making these decisions • FamilySearch records all merge actions in a change history so that they can be undone if necessary .. ) ) . .
  21. 21. 21 10. Upload photos, stories, and documents to FamilySearch.org • This feature allows us to preserve and share photos, documents, and stories about our ancestors • Faces in photos can be identified and linked to the person’s profile in Family Tree. • Photos and stories can also be easily shared social media and email. • Photos and stories matter, because they “personally teach us time-honored principles from those who have gone on before us, like the value of hard work, dealing with life’s ups and downs and the impact of choices.” • FamilySearch managing director Dennis Brimhall
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  23. 23. Have a Church Account and know how to log in to Church websites and mobile apps     Visit FamilySearch.org and be familiar with website Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Have a temple recommend     Attend the temple to perform saving ordinances such as baptisms, endowment, and sealings. Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Index names (digitize records) Occasionally Regularly Frequently Find family names and print temple cards from FS.org    Do temple ordinances for deceased family members names that you researched and found    Help your family and others do family history work   Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FamilySearch.org   Upload photos, stories, and documents to FS.org   Do original research to find new family names  Add new names to your family tree on FS.org  Temple and Family History Plan Please Note: • The “Crawl-Walk-Run-Fly” rating scale is a self-evaluation. No one is keeping score of where you are. • The action items listed are some examples of temple and family history activities. It is not an all-encompassing list. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  24. 24. 24 11. Do original research to find new family names Veringendorf, Germany • “Reddick” ancestors moved to USA in 1750 • “Rettich” or “Rettig” in Germany
  25. 25. 25 11. Do original research to find new family names • Family history research becomes more challenging in each generation further removed from your own. • Tips for Family History Research • Develop a system that works for you • Be well organized to make your efforts more effective • Take advantage of records from all sources • Have a system for tracking your progress • “Family history requires effort and work on our part. It takes faith to engage in and continue with the work of family history research and submission of names for temple ordinances.” • From: Introduction to Family History Teacher Manual Sources of family history information • Computer records • Civil records • Birth certificates • Marriage certificates • Death certificates • Census records • Immigration records • Naturalization records • Probate records • Land records • Military records • Church records
  26. 26. 26 12. Add new names to your family tree on FamilySearch.org • “In the worldwide membership of the Church, fifty-one percent of adults currently do not have both parents in the Family Tree section of the Church’s FamilySearch Internet site. Sixty-five percent of adults do not have all four grandparents listed. Remember, we without our roots and branches cannot be saved. Church members need to obtain and input this vital information.” • Roots and Branches by Elder Quentin L. Cook, April 2014
  27. 27. 27 12. Add new names to your family tree on FamilySearch.org
  28. 28. Have a Church Account and know how to log in to Church websites and mobile apps     Visit FamilySearch.org and be familiar with website Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Have a temple recommend     Attend the temple to perform saving ordinances such as baptisms, endowment, and sealings. Occasionally Regularly Frequently Frequently Index names (digitize records) Occasionally Regularly Frequently Find family names and print temple cards from FS.org    Do temple ordinances for deceased family members names that you researched and found    Help your family and others do family history work   Clean up family tree names (adding sources, merging duplicate records, etc.) on FamilySearch.org   Upload photos, stories, and documents to FS.org   Do original research to find new family names  Add new names to your family tree on FS.org  Temple and Family History Plan Please Note: • The “Crawl-Walk-Run-Fly” rating scale is a self-evaluation. No one is keeping score of where you are. • The action items listed are some examples of temple and family history activities. It is not an all-encompassing list. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  29. 29. 29 For the Advanced Class • The plan we've discussed is intentionally high-level, a simple vision to encourage temple and family history work as Elder Renlund counseled • For those of you who want more specific goals and action items, I have developed this expanded worksheet • If you want this more advanced level of guidance, please reach out to me for a copy
  30. 30. 30 Youth Encouraged to Contribute to Family History Work • “As you respond in faith to this invitation, your hearts shall turn to the fathers. …Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will increase. Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding. And I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.” (The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn by David A. Bednar, Oct 2011) Youth Temple Trip: August 15th
  31. 31. 31 Blessings of Temple and Family History Work • “Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path.” • As We Go Forward Together by President Russell M. Nelson, April 2018
  32. 32. 32 FH and Temple Work  Spirit Spiritually Minded  Eternal Life • In 1836, the ancient prophet Elijah came to the Kirtland Temple and restored to Joseph Smith the priesthood keys of temple ordinances for the living and dead • To “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” (see Mal 4:5- 6 and D&C 110:13-16) • “With that, natural affection between generations began to be enriched. This restoration was accompanied by what is sometimes called the Spirit of Elijah—a manifestation of the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the divine nature of the family.” • Elder Russell M. Nelson, “A New Harvest Time,” May 1998 • “To be spiritually-minded is life eternal” (2 Nephi 9:39).
  33. 33. 33 Thank You for your Attention and Participation • The Temple and Family History Leader and Consultants stand ready to help each of you. • We’re available for • One on one meetings • Family Home Evening lessons • And any other way we can help with this topic • Temple and Family History Leader = Jimmy Smith • Temple and Family History Consultants = CJ and Lyne Jorif
  34. 34. 34 Blessings of Temple Worship • “We can receive inspiration and revelation in the temple—and also power to cope with the adversities of life. What she is learning about the temple as she consistently participates in taking her own family names to do temple baptisms and confirmations will prepare her to receive additional temple ordinances, covenants, and blessings, both for herself and those on the other side of the veil.” • Prepared in a Manner That Never Had Been Known by Linda K. Burton, Oct 2014
  35. 35. 35 Blessings of Temple and Family History Work • “While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living. It has a refining influence on those who are engaged in it. They are literally helping to exalt their families.” • President Russell M. Nelson, Generations Linked in Love, April 2010
  36. 36. 36 Youth have been Prepared to Contribute to Family History Work • “It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation.” • The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn by David A. Bednar, Oct 2011 • https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general- conference/2011/10/the-hearts-of-the-children-shall-turn?lang=eng
  37. 37. 37 Youth Able to Contribute to Temple and Family History Work • “I recently met several young women in the Las Vegas area who have been called to serve as ward temple and family history consultants. They were glowing with enthusiasm about being able to teach and help members of their ward find their ancestors. They had valuable skills on the computer, had learned how to use FamilySearch, and were excited to share that knowledge with others. It was clear that they had testimonies and an understanding of the importance of seeking out the names of our deceased ancestors so that essential saving ordinances can be performed for them in the temple.” • Young Women in the Work by Bonnie L. Oscarson, April 2018
  38. 38. 38 Opportunities from the Spirit of Elijah Moving Across the World • “Your opportunities and the obligations they create are remarkable in the whole history of the world. There are more temples across the earth than there have ever been. More people in all the world have felt the Spirit of Elijah move them to record the identities of their ancestors and facts of their ancestors’ lives. There are more resources to search out your ancestors than there have ever been in the history of the world. The Lord has poured out knowledge about how to make that information available worldwide through technology that a few years ago would have seemed a miracle” (Henry B. Eyring in Conference Report, Apr. 2005, 82; or Ensign, May 2005, 79).
  39. 39. 39 Importance of Accuracy in Temple and Family History Work • “[Temple and family history work] is moving forward on an unprecedented scale. A computerized program is being put into place which will greatly facilitate the accurate preparation of family records. The salvation of the Lord applies to every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth. The exaltation of our Father’s children rests upon the completion of required ordinances, if all are to move forward on the road that leads to immortality and eternal life. The determination of accurate family history records and the work which follows in the temples are basic in this vast undertaking which the Lord has placed upon our shoulders.” • The State of the Church by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 1991

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