Elder Scott made a huge promise in General Conference October 2012. He answered the question of “How can I eliminate the influence of satan in my life?”
Here is his answer… are you ready?
(drum roll, please)
It’s…do family history research AND temple work. They fit together. If you are doing one without the other, then you are not getting full blessings, such as the elimination of satan’s influence.
You may say, OK, I go to the temple, that’s easy enough, but #1. I don’t have time do the research. Or you may say, #2.all the work for my family has already been done.
Let’s address both of these concerns.
#1. To quote Elder Quentin Cook from General Conference April 2014:
“We finally have the doctrine, the temples, and the technology for families to accomplish this glorious work of salvation.”
Even moms of little kids can do this work. This is so wonderful! It wasn’t like this when I was young mom 20 years ago!
Do you have time to do Facebook, read blogs, or surf the Internet? My guess is you do if you are reading this right now. Then you have time to do family history research. It as simple as sitting at your keyboard. You don’t have to get a babysitter or go out to a Family History Center.
And with the rollout of free access for LDS Church members to ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and myheritage.com, the ease of searching will get a lot better! Here is a video that shows some of the amazing records you can find at ancestry.com.
I am so excited about this! I have been able to use ancestry.com and I find that I can find a lot more records than I can at familysearch.org. Here is the plan for when the account access will be available:
So start using familysearch.org so you can be considered an active user by the end of May and get your ancestry.com access in June or July!
#2. You may think that “the work is all done.” OK, I grant that maybe the work is all done for four generations of your family going back from you, but if you start going back from there, and go back to your pioneer ancestors who first got baptized, THEN go back from there AND start looking at collateral lines, meaning the siblings and aunts and uncles and cousins of your ancestral lines, you will find a lot of work to do.
The most awesome website, Puzzilla allows you to easily see these collateral lines so you can see where the dead ends are. I encourage you to go there right now. It’s addicting for an eternal cause! You can watch Elder Neil Andersen’s excellent video describing this. He gives prophetic instruction at the end of the video, asking us to submit more names for work then we take out. I testify we will be blessed if we follow his instruction.
Enjoy climbing your family tree! Here’s a great tutorial on how to get started.