Oft times when we get a new Church calling, we are nervous or wonder how we will accomplish the task that lies ahead. As a stake indexing director, many of you have probably wondered, “How will I do this?”
It is important to remember you are not alone. Help is available from many sources, including those beyond the veil. Indexing is not merely a task that needs to get done, but a work of great worth. Your efforts will be rewarded and you will be blessed for the time you spend furthering the Lord’s work.
So how do you make the most of your calling? Read on for some ideas.
As a stake indexing director, you may have goals for your stake, but what about your own goals? Have you thought about how many records you are going to index or arbitrate this month or this year? Have you decided what time or place you will add indexing to your daily routine? The best way to develop a testimony of this work is to immerse yourself in it. Once you receive your own testimony of indexing, it will be easier to share this enthusiasm with your stake.
Indexing is about helping others discover the stories of their ancestors. Stories are the greatest part of family history work. As you index, you will learn to love the people you are doing this work for, and their stories will become your motivation.
You don’t need to set aside large blocks of time to index, but take advantage of calm moments in your day. Index when you wake at 3 a.m. and can’t sleep. Index instead of looking at Facebook. Index during your child’s nap. Index instead of watching television. Regularly indexing will qualify you for a testimony of this great work.
Your stake leaders and members will depend on you to stay up-to-date on the latest projects (such as obituaries), changes to indexing resources (like the recently improved indexing website) and coming changes to the indexing program (due this summer). Yours is also the opportunity to learn about and qualify yourself to arbitrate, and to recruit experienced indexers to help with this task.
Be sure to read all you can in the indexing newsletters, on the indexing website, and on LDS.org to stay current on this dynamic facet of the Church’s family history work.
Imagine your indexing efforts times 5, 10, or 50. As a stake indexing director, you have the opportunity to ignite others’ testimonies of this work. Your efforts and those of the ward indexing leaders in your stake will do more to help others become enthusiastic than almost anything else.
Ideas from other stake indexing directors will be posted in this newsletter frequently to help you know the best ways to reach out and involve your stake members.
Your input is welcome too! Tell us about your successes and your indexing goals! We want to hear what you have to say. Your story will motivate someone else involved in indexing.