FamilySearch and its predecessors have been preserving the world’s records for more than 100 years. Even with that inspired effort, much of the world’s valuable genealogical information is still not accessible to descendants seeking to provide their ancestors with saving temple ordinances. Records preservation missionaries serve a key role in bringing these records to light, helping to link families across generations.
The McVeys of Colorado are one such couple that is making a difference. Their mission in Wellington, New Zealand, has been life changing, both for them and the families they are helping provide genealogy information for. “We have been so blessed serving a records preservation mission,” Sister McVey says. “We experience the joy of helping those who have passed on find the gospel every day.”
Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, put it this way: “While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living. It has a refining influence on those who are engaged in it. They are literally helping to exalt their families.”
There is a real need for more records preservation missionaries to be in archives and churches shining a light on the stories of our ancestors. Records preservation missionaries:
- Serve full- or part-time.
- Work in archives, churches, and government offices.
- Use a digital camera to capture valuable historical records that help identify ancestors, link families, and provide saving temple ordinances.
Training is provided, and schedules are flexible. If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about records preservation missionary opportunities in the United States or abroad, visit the Records Preservation Missionary website (https://familysearch.org/records-mission) or contact Karma Tomlinson, Records Preservation Missionary Coordinator, by e-mail or phone (toll free: 1-800- 453-3860 ext. 24546).