Technology makes family history work in the home easier and more accessible to Church members around the world. We see new tools created almost every day that facilitate finding ancestors and ensuring that temple ordinances are done in their behalf. With all this ease and convenience, many have wondered about the place of the family history center in a church building and the long term use of these facilities.
Whether it is in the home or in a church building, the purpose of family history centers everywhere is to help families and youth experience the joy of discovering their families and fulfilling their divinely appointed responsibility to submit their ancestors’ names for temple ordinances.
Family history centers are a central place designed to support the efforts made in the home. They are also gathering places in our communities for shared experiences, and they are a part of the long-term plans for enabling members everywhere to participate in work of salvation. You can help your center achieve its purpose by:
- Offering experiences for families and youth that turn their hearts to their ancestors.
- Providing help in finding and submitting names for the temple.
- Inspiring and helping members to get started with family history activities, including sharing and preserving family memories, indexing, and research.
- Providing one-on-one assistance, training, and access to family history resources.
- Supporting priesthood goals for family history and temple work, strengthening youth and families, conversion, retention, and activation.
We invite you to begin today reviewing your center and looking for ways to more fully help families and youth experience the joy of discovering their families and fulfilling their divinely appointed responsibility to submit their ancestors’ names for temple ordinances.