Finding Joy in Temple and Family History Work
When we think about family history, we imagine computer searches, visiting graveyards, and perhaps a DNA test. But it turns out that the most precious family history remains alive… in our own stories and the life stories of family members. If we do not record them, they will be lost forever. Engaging in living family history not only preserves history, it helps us understand ourselves and live more fully.
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New Church Resources
- “Sealed Together: The Manaus Temple Caravan”: This 14-minute video describes the long journey Saints from Manaus, deep in the Amazon, made in order to attend the São Paulo Brazil Temple.
- “Teachings of Wilford Woodruff: Gather Family Records”: This two-minute video discusses Wilford Woodruff’s teachings that all members should be sealed to their own ancestors, instead of being sealed as adopted children to missionaries or Church leaders they admired, as many had done in early Utah.
- “Ministry of John Taylor: Work for the Dead”: This one-minute video shares some of John Taylor’s teachings on the importance of temple work.
Article about the Church discontinuing microfilm
Tips for interviewing family members
150 questions to ask family members
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