During Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2015 Elder Neil L. Andersen challenged us to “prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple, and help someone else to do the same.” As part of his missionary preparation, Sam Hepworth accepted Elder Andersen’s temple challenge. What happened next had eternal consequences for Sam and his family, as well as for the families of two of his friends.
It’s Your Turn
Follow Elder Hepworth’s example by finding names of your own ancestors that are waiting for temple blessings. FamilySearch can help. Choose from the following activities and you’ll soon be on your way to the temple.
If your direct family lines seem to be pretty well researched, give Descendancy Research a try. Focusing on the extended families of your direct line ancestors—your cousins!—can open up entirely new avenues of research.
Grow Your Tree
People from families that haven’t done much family history, are in a great position to find ancestors awaiting temple blessings. Get started by visiting FamilySearch Family Tree and entering names and dates you know or can easily get from relatives. Many of those you add to the tree will not have had temple work done yet, and can be added right to your temple reservation list. For those without regular computer or Internet access, My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together offers an offline way to capture and preserve your family tree.
Calling all Ancestors
If you’ve entered in all you know into your tree, it could be a good time to try looking in historical records to try and fill in some gaps. The Search page at FamilySearch.org offers an easy way into an expansive collection of family history information online. Enter names, dates, and places as best as you can and see what we can find.
About Family Discovery Day
Family Discovery Day was held February 14, 2015, as part of the annual RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Church leaders shared inspiring messages about how you can find ancestors, take their names to the temple and teach others how to do the same. You can watch recordings of the messages to learn how family history can bless your family on both sides of the veil.