Riverton FamilySearch Library/Youth Conference
"Youth Temple Challenge" Youth Conference
Youth conference is a chance to help youth learn, grow, and have an uplifting, spiritual experience. Family history is a perfect theme for a youth conference. It provides hands-on activity, service, and experience in finding names to take to the temple.
The Riverton FamilySearch Library offers a one-day family history youth conference activity for wards and multi-wards. The library youth conference activities are designed to help youth and their leaders catch the Spirit of Elijah and learn how its influence can bless the lives of both the living and the dead through family history and temple ordinance work.
Elder Neil A. Andersen's challenge to Youth
At RootsTech 2015, Elder Andersen modified the temple challenge given to youth by adding eight words:
Prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple, and help someone else to do the same.
Elder Andersen challenged youth to:
- Find one--find a name to take to the temple
- Take one--take that name to the temple
- Teach one--teach someone else how to do it
Apostles have promised the following blessings to youth who participate in family history:
Your conversion to the Savior will become deeper.
You will receive light and knowledge through the Holy Ghost.
Your testimony will be strengthened.
Your patriarchal blessing will become more meaningful.
Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will grow.
You will have greater opportunities to serve.
Your service in the temple will become more sacred.
You will be protected from the increasing influence of the adversary.
Youth conference can be scheduled Monday through Friday from June 6 to August 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except near holidays.
The following table shows available dates and the number of spaces available for those days.
|Week of June 6-10||75||75||0||0||75|
|Week of June 13-17||75||75||0||0||0|
|Week of June 20-24||75||75||75||75||75|
|Week of June 27-July 1||75||75||0||75||NA|
|Week of July 4-8||NA||NA||75||75||75|
|Week of July 11-15||75||75||75||75||75|
|Week of July 18-22||75||75||75||0||NA|
|Week of July 25-29||NA||75||75||75||0|
|Week of August 1-5||75||75||0||75||50|
|Week of August 8-12||75||75||0||75||0|
Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to secure a date.
The library can accommodate ward or multi-ward groups with a maximum of 75 youth and leaders.
A FamilySearch lanyard and all training material for the workshops will be furnished for participants at no cost. There will be a minimal charge for optional printing and laminating of pedigree fan charts.
Lunch is available at the Riverton Office Building cafeteria or groups can bring their own. The cost of lunch is $5.50 for a hamburger, fries and a large drink. The cafeteria accepts all forms of payment, including direct charges to ward accounts. The Riverton FamilySearch Library, however, accepts only checks or cash. Please note the Library cannot accept bills larger than $20.00.
Detailed instructions for participants will be sent to leaders following registration. All participants are encouraged to register for an LDS account before they come. Youth and leaders need to have access to their username and password to participate fully in the conference activities.
Youth Conference Activities
When youth participate in fun family history Discovery activities, they are six times more likely to take names to the temple. During the conference, youth will participate in:
- Replace a Face—put their face into old-fashioned photos, add their friends’ faces
- Family Story Room—record their testimony, thoughts about their life, goals, and hopes
- Print and laminate a fan chart
- Relative Finder—see how they are related to the other members of the youth conference and to famous people
- RootsMapper— plot their family tree on an interactive map
- Scan photos directly to Family Tree
- Smartphone apps for family history
Youth will learn and practice:
- Descendancy research—finding descendants of ancestors who need temple ordinances, using the descendancy view of Family Tree
- Finding ancestors (or their descendants) who need work done, using partner sites, such as Find-A-Record, Virtual Pedigree, Ancestry, findmypast, MyHeritage
- Indexing—each youth will serve others by completing a batch of indexing
If the group has extensive experience in indexing, this can be replaced with finding a pioneer ancestor or discovering ancestors’ stories.
Youth will leave the library with cards ready to take to the temple and with the enthusiasm and knowledge to find many more names.
Youth will share their knowledge of family history by:
- Helping each other in finding names to take to the temple
- Sharing inspirational stories of their ancestors
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-240-9601 with any questions.