Ordinances Ready Inspiring Members around the World

January 11, 2019  - by 

“While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living.”—President Russell M. Nelson, April 2010 General Conference

Ordinances Ready is a new FamilySearch tool that simplifies finding names for the temple, allowing you more time to serve your family and enjoy the blessings of the temple. Try it for yourself, and read how others are using the Ordinances Ready feature.

Green Means Go—Use Ordinances Ready for Your Next Temple Trip

Ordinances Ready allows you to find ordinances available for your ancestors in seconds. Tap the green Ordinances Ready button, and you’ll be on your way to taking ordinances to the temple. Read below to see how it’s done.

Download the Family Tree app to try the feature for yourself!

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FamilySearch find names for temple ordinances on the app

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What you’ll see if you already have ordinances reserved

How Others Are Using Ordinances Ready

The new Ordinances Ready feature has already inspired many members, bringing them closer to their family and helping them participate in temple work. Here are Sarah, Garrett, and Kirsten’s stories.

Feeling the Spirit at All Times—Sarah’s Story

“Ordinance[s] Ready has made it more rewarding to go to the temple because I am always able to have my own names to work on. . . . I have truly felt the Spirit so much stronger as I’ve taken my own family names to the temple,” says Sarah Rocha.

Recently, Sarah and her roommates at BYU–Idaho decided to start their semester by attending the temple together. Sarah showed her friends how to use the new Ordinances Ready feature on the Family Tree app, and each of them were able to find names of family members needing ordinances. Sarah shared, “Being able to use the FamilySearch app has made it so much easier to feel the Spirit closer to me at all times. . . . It has helped me to feel closer to those who have passed and feel the love of my Father even stronger beside me.”

Each Person Can Take Family Names—Garrett’s Story

Before using Ordinances Ready, Garrett had never really done family history or temple work for his own ancestors. However, he did enjoy helping Amy, his wife, do temple work for her deceased family members. Several weeks ago, Garrett and his wife tried the new Ordinances Ready feature and found five of Garrett’s family members who needed temple work, including the cousin of his beloved grandfather. He felt that an instant bond was formed.

Garrett and his family use the Ordinances Ready feature often now and feel it has elevated the temple experience for them individually and as a family. “Ordinances Ready has been such a blessing for our family,” they say, “and it is bringing promised blessings and spiritual power [as we perform] temple work for ancestors.”

Ordinances Ready Is Becoming “the Norm”—Kirsten’s Story

Kirsten’s son Bennett just turned 12 and has loved the new Ordinances Ready feature after using it on one of his very first temple trips. Kirsten says, “It’s amazing to me that children who are going to the temple for the first time can take names as a norm in their temple attendance.”

Kirsten’s other teenage sons attend the temple almost every week, and they use this new feature to find and print temple names regularly using their own FamilySearch accounts. When Kirsten taught the youth in her ward how to use the feature as well, many ward members discussed how life-changing Ordinances Ready can be for the youth. As Kirsten summarized, “For the kids, this ease will be normal to them. Ancestors will always be on the forefront of their minds, and temple attendance will forever be more personal for all.”

Try Ordinances Ready for Yourself

Elder and Sister Bednar introduce Ordinances Ready:

Find Ordinances in Three Simple Steps

  1. Download the Family Tree app for iOS or Android. Click here for more help.
     

    FamilySearch Tree app

    FamilySearch Tree app
  2. Sign in, and find the Temple page.
  • For iOS, tap the temple icon at the bottom of the app screen.
  • For Android, tap the 3-bar menu at the top left. Then select Temple.
  1. Tap the Ordinances Ready button, and then choose any ordinance to start finding family ordinances ready to take the temple.

Note on family names: The app will search the tree and temple inventory for available ordinances. If no available ordinances are found for family members, Ordinances Ready will retrieve available ordinances that have been submitted to the temple by any patron.

Get to Know Each Person, and Take the Names to the Temple

Using the Family Tree app, you can get to know each person you are about to do ordinances for. Tap View Relationship to see how you are related, and tap View Person to look at life events, memories, and photos in Family Tree.

After you have looked at the names, tap Continue at the bottom of the screen to reserve the ordinances and print cards to take to the temple. (If you need help printing cards, the app will also give you a number you can take to the temple, where the cards can be printed for you.)

Your Story

We would love to hear your story of how the Ordinances Ready feature has enhanced your temple experiences. Download the app and try it out. Let us know your stories in the comments below.

 

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  1. I think it’s important that members realize that Ordinances Ready option is not only available on your smart phone but also on your regular desktop or laptop. If I did not know this from practical experience, I would think ‘oh, I will miss out on this because I do not use a smartphone for Family History.

    1. Thank you! I use a smartphone as well as a computer, but I don’t ever print from it, so I completely agree that’s important to realize Ordinances Ready is available on the website as well. Thanks for pointing that out!

    2. Thank you for bringing this up. That is the first question that came up in my mind: “hmm, my kids don’t have smart phones…I guess they’ll have to use mine…but how is that going to work???” My 11-year-old is so excited to get to go to the temple early (as part of that new announcement) and this past week has been wanting to learn how to use family search and find names. It has been tough luck so far…it’s seems like finding male baptisms to do is the hardest ordinance to find. So maybe this new program will help him out!!

  2. In early December, our daughter texted us to see if we had any initiatories for her to do. We had just completed those we had. We were familiar with “Ordinances Ready”. So we found her 5 names in about one minute and shared them with her. Two of them had been done in the Draper temple the previous Friday. All 5 were related to us, within 4th cousin. Cool! Then last night I was with my 92 year old mother, Mary Jolley, who had done lots of genealogy over the years. She pushed the “Ordinances Ready” button for initiatories on her ipad. In about 2 minutes, since she didn’t have any currently reserved, it found 4 names from her family tree, that were 4th cousins or less. The 5th name was one that a lady had reserved and shared with the temple last May. Some girl had done the baptism and confirmation last Saturday in the Draper temple. Very cool. My mom was in total awe. “To think I used to spend hours at the downtown SLC Genealogy library combing thru indexed cards and books and microfiche to find a little information. Now 5 initiatories are found and ready to share and print in a few minutes. Amazing! With my wife as Stake co directors of temple and family history, this week we shared January 4th’s blog about fun things to do with family history, with all members of our Olympus Stake 11 years or older. It included the link to Elder Foster’s 2 minute and 30 second video, introducing using “Ordinances Ready” on his iphone. Great things are happening! Dean and Carrie Jolley

    1. Hey my name is catherine and i think were related i am olympia washington ward one family history and temple consult im a convert.I saw your name and recognized it thank you for sharing

  3. As a Temple and Family History Consultant I have enjoyed helping patrons find family names to take to the temple. I have also sent family names to my children and grandchildren for Christmas instead of other presents. They said they really liked that idea.

    1. That is a fantastic idea. As a Temple and Family History Consultant I plan to introduce this in a ward activity next month before our ward temple day.

  4. The “Ordinance Ready” capability of Family Search has added a new dimension to our ability to locate family members and others who are “Ready” to receive Temple Ordinances. However, “Ordinance Ready” does not necessarily provide names that a fully compliant with current Temple requirements for sequencing of ordinances. We recently retrieved 10 names for Sealing to Spouse … only one of the ten met all the criteria for both husband and wife to have been Baptised/Confirmed and Endowed prior to sealing. Most had one partner un-endowed, half had one partner not baptized or confirmed. For Sealing to Spouse this information does not appear on the ordinance card — so the Temple will let the work be performed. But …..!

    1. Thanks for voicing this concern. I share your concern and pray that patrons will check sources to the best of their ability. I also understand the power of people doing temple work for their family and the great blessing that comes to them. Heavenly Father blesses by the intent of the heart in this work.

    2. If a user reserves all available ordinances on a person then they are expected to complete the ordinances in the same order that are done for living – which would include sealings done after all personal ordinances are completed. However, Ordinances Ready when it hands out sealings when other ordinances are reserved by others but not completed is approved to have those sealings done before all personal ordinances are complete.

      https://www.familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Sealing-to-spouse-completed-before-individual-ordinances&lang=en

    3. The Church has long allowed Sealing-to-Spouse ordinances to be done even though the underlying ordinances are not yet done. ( This dates back to at least the days of extraction of marriage registers.) However, these sealings will not be effective until the underlying ordinances are completed. Nevertheless, we are encouraged to complete these ordinances now, as the information becomes available. This app doesn’t change these existing policies.

    4. The policy by the Church is that whenever possible all ordinances should be done in order — this is printed in many places, including on the paper that prints your temple cards.

      We should, therefore, as the First Presidency has directed to try to make every effort to do complete the endowment before the sealing to spouse. If you have to wait for the sealing to spouse to be done until the couple is ready, then that’s fine. Why the rush to do it out of order when it can be done in order? There is no reason for disorder other than impatience.

      The reason that it was different with extraction work (which ended in the summer of 2017) is that the system was not able to match people on its own and know what ordinances were done for whom, neither was it able to discern duplicates — but the temple work kept going. Now, however, we have the capability to be more accurate, and so we should raise our standards to meet the First Presidency’s guidelines.

  5. On February 29, 2012 the First Presidency in letter to Members of the Church stated, “We would like to reiterate the policies first stated in 1995 concerning the submission of names for proxy temple ordinances. Because of the sacred nature of this work, members should be diligent in assuring the accuracy of all information submitted. Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors. Those whose names are submitted for proxy temple ordinances should be related to the submitter.”

    On October 8, 2012 FamilySearch published a response titled “Frequently Asked Questions” about the First Presidency Letter.

    Question 1. What if I don’t have family names to take to the temple?
    Answer:
    “The recent instructions from the First Presidency should not be interpreted to mean members cannot go to the temple without bringing the names of their own ancestors. Members with limited ability to do their own family history research are encouraged to perform vicarious ordinances for names provided by other members or by the temple.
    There is no shame in performing ordinances for names provided by the temple. All members are blessed and respected for exercising their faith to attend the temple and perform ordinances for themselves and for deceased individuals.
    When appropriate, help friend, family, and other ward members perform the ordinance work for their family names.”

    Due to health issues my wife and I need the help of others to do temple ordinances for family names that we have submitted. Many of those names were submitted over eight years ago. We have a backlog of about 3000 names that have source citations from documents assuring the accuracy of the submissions.

    We can use the help of others. Take our names that we have “Submitted to the temple”. Check the records you get from software programs like “Ordinance Ready” for duplication and accuracy. Do indexing.

    Assuring accuracy requires documentation. If there is no source citation skip that name and find a name that has been accurately identified.

    Terry Mason – Temple & Family History Consultant in Florida.

    1. Terry, it’s amazing the work that you and your wife have done! I’m sure you can find the help you need to complete the ordinances for your family names in your ward and through any family that you have! Thank you for what you have contributed to this great work.

    2. members should be diligent in assuring the accuracy of all information submitted.
      Just pulling up a name and doing temple work without checking for duplicates, name variations or without doing any research is terrible. Just a name and this new app pull up possibilities but all too often they are duplicates or have no sources. Just because its connected in your tree doesn’t mean its documented or verified.

      I always like the churches statement: It becomes the responsibility of those using the information to document and verify it.
      All to often this is not done. If you can’t or won’t do it yourself, hire professional researchers who will. Let’s stop doing temple work just to feel good and start doing it because it needs to be done and hasn’t been done yet and we’ve verified that.
      James.

      1. Amen, James! Thank you for your comment. It is very concerning to me that the new announcement says nothing about documentation – almost every new green icon on my tree are duplicates created by the addition a new person with zero sources, and sketchy info. Worse yet, well documented persons whose ordinances have been completed are being merged into less sourced new persons and deleted!

      2. I completely agree. I have done so much research, submitted names and done the temple work, only to find later that other people have changed what I researched, with names and dates of people that aren’t a match. This then corrupts up the correct research and sometimes makes temple ordinance work “disappear”. The work is then done again, often wrong and clogs up to temple system. Please, Please do the research and let’s stop this.
        Sometimes looking at dates will show a problem. I had two brothers, researched and work done for them. Someone decided one brother was the son of the other brother, who was only two years different in age. Look and Think! Please!

      3. Thanks for reminding individuals, they need to verify or you could be duplicating work already done because it wasn’t merged or even linking and sealing people who should not be sealed together. Family History Consultants can assist with this and if they are new or not sure, they would know someone who can assist with this most sacred work.

      4. I agree. People can’t just print off the name and go. 99% of the time, suggestions sent to me were duplicates or have some other issue like needing family permission. (FamilySearch even me the name of my great-grandfather, who did his work in person while alive!). Definitely check out the sources and details, and check for duplicates.

    3. Ordinances Ready automatically checks for duplicates, data problems, temple qualifications, and does not return 110-year rule candidates. We always encourage users to do good work and to learn, correct, source, and improve ancestors in the tree. Yes there is a small possibility that a duplicate exists and does not contain enough data or similar data to another person in the tree to identify it as a duplicate. But this should not be a reason to avoid using Ordinances Ready as it enforces all temple qualification requirements.

    4. The great thing about Ordinances Ready is that it does pull from the names you submitted to the temple for others who may be related to them. I got a call from a relative who had tried it and got a name I had submitted a couple of years ago.

    5. Terry,
      I had printed some names for men but haven’t been able to find brothers to do the work like I thought. Can you please tell me how I give them back to the Temple or “submit to the Temple”? Thank you so much!

  6. Love it. Use to everytime I would try to get some names ready for the temple I woud hunt and hunt. This makes it so easy.

  7. members should be diligent in assuring the accuracy of all information submitted.
    Just pulling up a name and doing temple work without checking for duplicates, name variations or without doing any research is terrible. Just a name and this new app pull up possibilities but all too often they are duplicates or have no sources. Just because its connected in your tree doesn’t mean its documented or verified.

    I always like the churches statement: It becomes the responsibility of those using the information to document and verify it.
    All to often this is not done. If you can’t or won’t do it yourself, hire professional researchers who will. Let’s stop doing temple work just to feel good and start doing it because it needs to be done and hasn’t been done yet and we’ve verified that.
    James.

    1. Ordinances Ready automatically checks for duplicates, data problems, temple qualifications, and does not return 110-year rule candidates. We always encourage users to do good work and to learn, correct, source, and improve ancestors in the tree. Yes there is a small possibility that a duplicate exists and does not contain enough data or similar data to another person in the tree to identify it as a duplicate. But this should not be a reason to avoid using Ordinances Ready as it enforces all temple qualification requirements.

    2. Absolutely agree. There is so much work to be done that we cannot waste time with duplicates. Every name should be sourced.

    3. Very good reminder. Research, finding accurate sources, checking for duplicates, and merging when needed, all are so important.

    4. You said exactly what I was thinking, James Arthur Clemans. Just because there is a green icon saying the person needs their temple work done does NOT mean you can just go ahead and print a card and take it to the temple. PLEASE, look for duplicates (which often exist without Family Search finding it) and DO NOT do temple work if there is not at least one source listed. If you don’t know how to site a source, ask for help. It is not difficult.

    5. While I can certainly see the value of applications, as a family history consultant I have serious concerns . Simply pushing a button and printing out an ordinance does not mean that the individual record has been verified and has sources attached to confirm their identity. It’s important that in our enthusiasm to do this sacred work that we do not take for granted that duplications can occur easily if we do not take the time to look into the name that appears on Ordinances Ready. And think how much more we will learn about the person whose name we are taking to the temple, if we take the time to look into their individual record and sources? What wonderful stories might be waiting there for us. thank you for letting me voice this opinion. Family history work is moving forward at such a wonderful pace, isn’t it?

    6. James, you are so right. I frequently receive emails saying Family Search has found my relative only to find that the links are sometimes very spurious. Being in the UK it is probably easier to go to source records and either verify or say “this cannot be verified because . . .”
      I will give an example. In the mid 1700s one line of my family came from a small cluster of villages in Gloucestershire. There were three Mary Browns born in the same year and two of them married Robert Cowleys. I can’t go back any further on that female line as the villages were so close and my family lived in at least 4 of them, so I have no way of knowing which is “my” Mary Brown. One of the Cowley families ended up in the USA and it took ages to untangle these two families as someone had merged them both on Family Search so it looked like they had one child born in England, then another in the USA and then another in England, USA, England . . .
      Need I say more?

    7. If there are duplicates then it is not an “ordinance ready” name and you will not be able to use it unless you check the duplicates and merge if necessary or determine that they are not the same people. The church app does a lot to make sure that you cannot just pull up any name and do it without it having the proper information and order to it within the system. It really is an amazing app and I understand the concern you mentioned. I think that it is very important to check more into the person than just printing off their name.

    8. Does the church have guidelines on when a name is ready to do? So many of the names go back further than I have documented either in direct line or offshoots (aunts/uncles) which means I’d have to document several generations to take one of the Ordinance ready names. One of the names I looked at today was a female named Daniel. ‘She’ had 2 sources, a military record and findagrave which stated it was a ‘he.’ What is your criteria?

  8. Our son is 11 years old. When he first learned of the new changes announced last month for youth progression he was so excited to go to the temple early. He worked quickly so that he could receive the Aaronic Priesthood the first Sunday of the new year and wanted to attend the temple the first day it was open after his ordination.

    A few weeks prior to his ordination he went in to Family Search and used the Ordinances Ready feature to find names that he could take to the temple. I also went in and used the same tool in my account to find names that I could take and do work for when my husband and I took our son for his first temple trip to do baptisms for the dead.

    Taking family names made our experience doing baptisms for the dead very meaning and extra special. I’m so grateful for this new tool that makes finding family names to take to the temple that much more accessible.

  9. Wish missionary work was as easy as family history appears to be according to FamilySearch. I wonder how much duplication is still being done because of the “easiness of the way?” We care little about having any evidence. Sad really. Perhaps FamilySearch should spend some time cleaning up the mess they made when they took all the Scottish/England records and entered the parents in with every child instead of putting the families together. One of my family’s had 13 children, wanna guess how many times the parents where in the system? I spend more time cleaning that mess up. Frustrating.

    Why do we call our ancestors ‘names’. ‘I am taking a name to the temple?’ I know my grandmother would clip my ear if I called her a ‘name’.

    It is all about names, how many names have you done. I do not do names, I do my ancestors and I know each and everyone.

  10. The “Ordinances Ready” process literally takes me less than 60 seconds (depending on my cellular or internet connection). The feature found some of my ancestors in my tree that need temple work done. From there, I print names and then did their work in the temple! Family History *Work*? Nah. Family History Joy.

  11. I am concerned about this given how many errors I know appear on my FamilySearch lines with individuals whose work has been done but it does not show that to be the case. When individuals can make changes, we will be doing work where there is no verification of the names. I am used to the expectation that we are not duplicating ordinances and I know this will happen if individuals were to use this on names in my lines.

  12. It’s awesome. Motivated me to attend more often. I am extremely grateful to have family names for baptisms and confirmations. Those spirits are so close, and happy and anxious to progress.

  13. I’m sad that apparently they are only making this for the apple and android devices. There are still some of out here that use Windows phones and would like to be able to use apps like this.