“When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves.” —President Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Full Story
Temple and Family History Consultant Resources
Are you a family history consultant? Get the resources and inspiration you need to fulfill your calling.
by Kathryn Grant Did you know that there are three versions of FamilySearch’s Family Tree you can use as you help others with their family history? Deciding which one to use can be an essential part of helping others have a positive and joyful experience as they find their ancestors.
When the Family History Department surveyed hundreds of priesthood leaders about what they wanted to know to increase temple worship and family history work in their area, a common request was for better visibility into what was currently happening, as well as the ability to track progress over time. To answer this request, the Family History Department has created a new report called the Family History Activity Report (FHAR), available in Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) on LDS.org, under the Reports tab. The FHAR gives a quick snapshot of what family history activities members have been engaging in and how that activity compares to previous years. Full Story
One of the great blessings of your calling is helping Church members become truly converted to family history. This conversion often happens when members have meaningful, one-on-one family history experiences with an inspired helper. Full Story
A Tool to Help You Prepare Successful Family History Experiences
As a family history consultant, you facilitate one-on-one, heart-turning family history experiences. To make it simpler to prepare and deliver personalized lesson plans, the Family History Department has created an online tool called the “consultant planner.” Using the planner, any member can help others have a personal family history experience. To review the principles for creating heart-turning experiences, visit the consultant calling training page on LDS.org. Full Story
by Kathryn Grant It’s a common dilemma: When trying to find names for the temple, how do you know where to start looking, whether you’re working on your own lines or someone else’s?
Effective immediately, family history consultants will be called temple and family history consultants. This is one of the changes to the Family History Department’s organization and callings that have been approved by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The changes were announced at a special leadership session held in conjunction with the 2017 RootsTech conference on February 9, 2017, and those changes have been sent to local Church leadership in the form of a priesthood notice. Full Story
Each month, FamilySearch publishes a list of new changes and updates to the FamilySearch.org website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as well as other parts of FamilySearch.org. In some cases, these changes will also be published as individual articles where the need to do so exists. Full Story
by Kathryn Grant We hear a lot about the blessings of doing family history: stronger testimonies, closer families, and protection against temptation. But there’s one blessing that might not get as much emphasis.