At the beginning of the year, we had only indexed 104 names by the month of February. As I went to the temple, I spoke to a ward leader and he told me that just his youth had indexed 5,000 names during that same period! I was super impressed and talked with my stake president and the members of the high council to ask for their help in talking to ward leaders. I also personally went to each ward and talked about indexing to the presidencies of the Young Women and Young Men, bishoprics, and group leaders. During the month of March our numbers began to improve, and I can now see the excitement of the youth. The coolest thing is that they are training each other at Mutual activities and are visiting the family history center after seminary and on Sunday afternoons. Today we have surpassed 15,000 names indexed.
Several bishops have called some of the youth as consultants. We are also strengthening the family history center newsletter by having one youth from each ward as a journalist. The indexing director has promoted the ranking by ward and by individuals, and they are very eager to see if their names are on the list and where it might be positioned. With this healthy competition, we are very excited. This is truly a wonderful thing.
I really love the work of family history and indexing. I know that this work is true and that if we involve our youth, we will achieve great results. They will be blessed and protected, and our dear ancestors will be freed as we take their names to holy temples and perform their ordinances.
My advice to all family history and indexing directors is that they seek to involve the maximum number of people possible, show enthusiasm, and don’t become discouraged because our Heavenly Father is by our side. This is His work. As our desire to do His work grows, He will continue to provide the means to accomplish it. Hearts will be touched, and miracles will happen—I am an eyewitness to this.
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– Article by Veronica Dos Santos Neri from the Salvador Brazil Stake