I’m excited to take this opportunity to speak with you about the First Presidency letter dated October 8, 2012, that was sent out to the entire Church. The letter was a renewed emphasis on submitting names to the temple. It was to be read in sacrament meetings and was entitled “Names for Temple Ordinances.”
We would like to prepare you to teach members the concepts and doctrines of the letter so that you will be prepared for conversations you may have with family members, friends, and ward or branch members regarding the information in this letter.
The main point of the letter is:
The purpose of the restored Church of Jesus Christ is to help members qualify for exaltation by fulfilling divinely appointed responsibilities. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve have re-emphasized that the primary responsibility for supplying names for temple ordinances rests upon individual members, families, and local units.
Teach and act on the doctrines of the Church and the direction of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve that the primary responsibility for supplying names for the temple ordinances rests upon individual members, families, and local units. The role of the Family History Department and workers is to help members fulfill this divinely appointed responsibility.
This should NOT be interpreted to mean members cannot go to the temple without bringing names of their own ancestors.
The Friday before General Conference, it is customary for General Authorities to receive training. One of the topics presented in this training held on Friday, October 5, 2012, by Elder Bednar and Elder Maynes, was about the importance of members bringing their own names to the temple. These training materials are now being disseminated through priesthood channels to Area Seventies and stake presidents.
We would like to make you aware that these materials are being distributed, prepare you to answer questions as they arise related to the First Presidency letter, and invite you to serve as an ambassador to help those who may have questions and be curious about the First Presidency communication.
To assist in helping you accomplish this, we recommend you visit our online leadership page for invaluable tools and training.
The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our dead.” The Brethren support this as an important next step in a line-upon-line and precept-upon-precept pattern of accomplishing the work of salvation for the living and the dead.
Thanks, and be sure to visit our online leadership page for tools and training.
Dennis Brimhall, Managing Director, Family History Department