I’m pleased to announce that LDS.org has posted as its feature article, a portal that takes visitors to a Family History landing page that focuses on Elder Richard G. Scott’s October, 2012 General Conference address. This page is filled with links to stories, instructional resources and video clips to help readers understand and appreciate their responsibility to find and redeem their dead.
Among other things, this landing page guides readers to the letter from the First Presidency that was read to all LDS congregations in their sacrament meetings. This letter touches on the blessings that come from doing temple work for our own ancestors and expressed need for youth and single adults the need to be more involved in doing this great work. It also encourages members who have reserved a large number of names in the temple to make those names available for others to do.
Below the Elder Scott video is a written discussion of the principles he spoke of with active links that provide some excellent resources to help learn more about the principles and the how-to of doing family history and temple work. These include inspiring and engaging video clips, instructional materials that provide additional insights and understanding of points of doctrine and personal experiences that surround this work of redeeming our dead.
Located along the side of this page are links that will enable readers to:
- See the First Presidency letter from October 8, 2012
- Watch or read Elder Scott’s full address
- Link to additional resources
- Learn how to prepare family names for temple work
- Plan your next temple visit
- Find out about the purpose of temples
- View Leader Resources
This is no small thing to have these messages and our resources displayed so prominently on Lds.org website. This work of indentifying and redeeming our dead is of critical importance to their salvation as well as ours. The principle of temple and family history work is one of the 4 founding pillars of our faith. The Lord has commanded us all to find some way to get involved in this great work. This website is an excellent way to remind the public of our responsibility to seek out our dead. May the Lord bless each and every one of us as we endeavor to find how we can be a part of this great work and best serve our ancestors.