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Pacific Island Guide > Step 10. Submit names to the IGI
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to submit information about their deceased family members in order to provide temple ordinances for them. For an explanation of this belief see Temples and Family History.
If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, your ward family history consultant or a staff member at a family history center can assist you. A computer program called TempleReadyTM (new FamilySearch in some areas) is available at many meetinghouses and family history centers. It greatly simplifies the process of submitting names to the temple. You can enter names into the computer and then take the records on diskette with you to the temple.
When the temple ordinances are completed for your ancestor, that information will be added to the International Genealogical Index (but not to Ancestral File or Pedigree Resource File). This central file of completed temple ordinances helps limit duplication of research and ordinances and allows researchers to know what work has already been done. It is an excellent way to share the results of your research.
For instructions on how to submit names for temple work, see A Member's Guide to Temple and Family History Work (94697), available from your ward family history consultant or a nearby family history center. To see this guide on the Internet, click here.
A. Enter the person’s information into Personal Ancestral File (PAF) or a similar computer program. This step is necessary because the computer needs to receive the information so your ancestor’s name can appear on the Ordinance Index, which is a computer file. Most LDS Family History Centers have volunteers who can help you with this step.
B. Learn how to enter ordinance information into TempleReady. The Temple Ordinance Index and TempleReady software are available at LDS Family History Centers. If you are a member of the LDS Church, you can access these on the World Wide Web at www.familysearch.org. You will need your membership number and date of confirmation to register. We can get these from our ward clerk.
C. Decide who will provide proxies. If you arrange for or do the work yourself, it will be handled as Family File, and you will get cards for each person. You can keep track of these cards yourself and have friends and family help you complete the ordinances.
If you tell the temple to get the proxies, it will be handled as Temple File. This means you lose control over the names. They may be sent to any temple at any time, and you will not know when or where the work is done until the next edition of the Ordinance Index comes out, unless you have the new Familysearch.
In order to arrange to do temple ordinances, contact the temple nearest you and ask for their assistance. If you have limitations of age, health, distance, or lack of friends and family, you can ask the temple personnel to help. The temples request that we do the ordinances soon after we send them in because space for cards is limited in the temples. If a card has been in the file two years, the temple staff will release the names to be done by other people unless we make arrangements with the temple office.
Pacific island adoption sealings
Among Pacific island families, a tradition of adoption from one family to another (hanai) is sometimes followed. An adopted child may be sealed to his or her adoptive or biological family. Some priesthood leaders have recommended that the child should be sealed to the family that raised it, but keep the name of its biological family. Other families have sealed the child to both families with the idea of waiting until the resurrection for the child to decide which sealing is valid. The choice is up to the family. This option is available only after the child has died.