The generations on either side of me link me to my past and my future. My view of family history involves revealing the roots and the branches.

Throughout this blog you will find perspectives related to the doctrines of temple and family history work from revealed revelation given to living prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS - Mormon).

Thursday, February 18, 2016

RootsTech 2016: Resources for Priesthood Leaders and Ward Councils

The presenter for this session was Merrill White from Family Search.

Here are some of my takeaways from this session:
  • 3 Nephi 16: 5 And then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth; and then will I fulfil the covenant which the Father hath made unto all the people of the house of Israel.
  • “Looking back prepares us to go forward" - Elder Bradley D. Foster
  • Go back like Lehi asked his sons to get the plates
  • Priesthood leaders need to have this opportunity (working in the Family Tree) themselves.
  • Use the quarterly report (lines 9 and 25)
  • Watch One, Do One, Teach One (Gilbert, Arizona Stake)
    • In one year went from 4.7% to 42% (Apr 2014-Apr 2015)
    • Goal of 60% by end of 2016
    • Leader led - Stake President
    • Descendancy Research
    • Quick Successes
  • Lyon France Stake
    • Helping with Self-reliance
    • Personal conviction of the work
    • Part of stake goals/plans
      • Ask everyone - what are you doing specifically?
    • Leverage Resources
    • Part of message or every talk.
    • Personal invites to members regularly.
      • Everyone who comes to temple recommend interview invited to bring a family name
    • Invite every future missionary
      • Share My Family Booklet
    • Youth temple challenge.
    • What can we do around Stake Conference twice a year?
    • Invite all High Council and all High Priest Group Leaders to participate.
    • Local Mission
      • Recent converts having a temple experience within 3 months.
  • Involve all ward leaders.
  • Call more consultants
  • Needs to penetrate every member.
  • Lisbon Portugal Stake
    • Desire to have a temple.
    • Ward leadership first, then members.
    • Monthly family history activity.
    • Increased Sacrament attendance
    • More harmony in wards
  • New website to come:
  • Priesthood leaders should help keep the beat.
  • Laguna Niguel, California Stake
    • Family history committee with HPGLs
    • Share best practices
    • Taught people, not lessons
    • Family history and temple work is counterbalancing evil.
  • New materials: Strengthening Eternal Family Bonds through Temple Service (booklets)
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