Stake indexing directors were asked in the December newsletter, “What success have you witnessed or experienced in your stake?” What does it mean to have success in your calling? How have you personally found success in your stake? We received a great response from stake indexing directors from around the world. Read from the examples of your peers to learn about their successes.
“From all the experiences I have been through, the most important thing I learned was that the numeric goals were important, but it is essential to help indexers and arbitrators understand the importance of the indexing program. People that barely knew what indexing meant are now active indexers, and they know what this work means to the children of our Heavenly Father who aren’t among us anymore. That is what really matters.”
S. Araújo, from Macapá, Brazil
“The biggest success we’ve had so far is to see people with no experience in computers, deciding to start indexing. They have decided to serve as indexers and purchase a personal computer with a certain amount of sacrifice. By doing so, they became an example to all the other members.”
C. Sales, from Alvarenga, Brazil
“I felt inspired during a sacrament meeting to challenge the ward to do better with indexing. The bishop was also prompted and challenged each family in the ward to index 1,000 names. The ward went from 2,005 names indexed in the first eight months of the year to 78,000 names indexed in the following three months. The whole ward seemed to catch fire. The greatest result is that the ward’s united effort is touching the lives of individuals and blessing the ward as a whole. I have learned that how we achieve the goal is more important than how big the goal is.”
L. Kraft, from Missouri, United States
“I feel I am successful when a member commits to do one hour of indexing a day, week, or month. Some people are very busy, and it is amazing they stick to that commitment. I see the results of this along the way as they become more experienced. Their totals increase, they come to enjoy it, and then they graduate from beginner to intermediate. If they spend that one hour prayerfully trying to decipher one name, their time has not been wasted.”
“Although we did not have much knowledge about indexing, we sparked a desire in our stake and the youth to maintain daily goals to help save souls through this wonderful work. We´ve made audacious goals for 2014 at ward levels, and we plan to involve all the ward leadership in these indexing goals.”
J. Souza, from Manaus, Brazil
“I feel extremely happy. When I started my work as a stake indexing director in 2013, there wasn’t anybody indexing. Today, there are more than 180 contributors; some are still beginners, but our goals for 2014 are encouraging.”
A. Malagueta, from Goiania, Brazil
These are all wonderful examples of success! Isn’t it exciting to hear what people are experiencing all over the world? Stakes are receiving the blessings of indexing and family history, members are making sacrifices, priesthood leaders are involved, goals are being made, and many hearts are turning through the spirit of Elijah.
The definition of success depends on your stake and your area. You can achieve success in your calling as you strive to work with priesthood leaders, recruit volunteers, and train and motivate your volunteers. Our Heavenly Father knows the efforts you are making, and He will help you know when you are successful.
Would you like to share your successes? What other questions would you like to see featured in the next stake indexing director newsletter? Leave us a comment below! You can also send us an email at FSIndexing@familysearch.org.