Serving a family history mission provides many blessings and experiences that will enrich your life now and bless families for eternity. Opportunities are available to accommodate many different skills, interests, life situations, and locations. Would you or someone you know be blessed by serving a family history mission?
You don’t have to be a genealogy expert or even have much genealogical experience to successfully serve a family history mission. You don’t even have to be retired. There are opportunities to serve part-time from your own home or in your own city. Many people serve in the evenings after work or during the day while the children are in school. Some college students serve a few hours a week between classes. For those able to travel, service experiences are available in many parts of the world. The most important qualification is that you have a desire to serve.
Blessings to you and your family
Sister Gayle Tippets, who is currently serving at Church headquarters, says, “Serving in the Family and Church History Mission gives great meaning and purpose to my life. Words cannot express the great joy and blessings that come from serving the Lord. . . .
“I have witnessed that my family and I have been blessed and strengthened in our daily challenges. Personally, I know without a doubt that the Lord knows and loves me.”
Be a part of unfolding miracles
“The most exciting development [in our mission] has been our involvement in getting a records acquisition project started here in Mongolia. We feel doors have been opened for us and a miracle is unfolding,” exclaimed Elder and Sister Farmer about their service in the area office in Mongolia.
Touched by the powerful spirit attending this work
Sister Brodine, a data specialist missionary helping to prepare indexed records and digital images for publication on FamilySearch.org, describes the experience she and her husband are having. “Serving as FamilySearch data specialists on a family history mission has been more fulfilling than we could have imagined. A powerful spirit attends this work. Organizing information which is being gathered from countries around the world is fascinating. There is no better feeling than knowing that we are helping to provide the names and connections that will fill family trees. Many loved ones are waiting on the other side of the veil for their temple ordinances. It is an honor to be part of this important work.”
Service experiences draw from many skillsets.
People with skills in a wide variety of areas can make valuable contributions to the work. Photography, organizational skills, receptionist or general office skills, customer service and call center backgrounds, instructional design, intermediate to advanced computer skills, ability to speak or read a foreign language, teaching experience, good communication skills and the ability to motivate others, or genealogical research and methodology are just a few of the kinds of skills you may have that will provide valuable service in a family history mission.
Service opportunities to meet a wide variety of life situations
Would you like to serve a full-time mission in a foreign country or in a different part of your own country? Perhaps a mission capturing images of historical documents in archives around the world or assisting members and leaders with family history work in an area office is the right mission opportunity for you.
Want to serve in Salt Lake City? If so, a multitude of full-and part-time opportunities exist, including serving in the Family History Library or Church History Library, providing office support, assisting with processing records, and helping with many other activities in the Family History or Church History Departments.
Perhaps your circumstances require that you stay closer to home, or maybe you can serve only a few hours each week. Possible options include serving from your own home assisting people with research questions or FamilySearch products. In selected areas, you may also be able to capture digital images of historical records at a local archive where FamilySearch has partnered with government agencies or genealogical organizations. Also, Utah and Arizona have data specialist offices where you can live at home and travel to the local office to assist with preparing digital images to be published on FamilySearch.org.
Limited opportunities for worthy young men and women who desire to serve a mission but cannot meet the physical requirements for a full-time proselytizing mission are also available.
To learn more about any of these family history missionary opportunities, visit http://www.lds.org/topics/service/family-history, call 1-855-FHMISSION (346-4774), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.