Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve has asked all members, especially youth, to “prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple, and help someone else to do the same.” The young women from Orem, Utah, U.S.A., decided to accept these inspired words. They had never anticipated the impact that accepting that invitation would have on their personal lives and their relationships with one another.
How Do I Accomplish the Temple Challenge? First, accept the challenge! You can click the I accept button on the temple challenge page to make the commitment. Then you need to find an ancestor who needs to be baptized and take the name to the temple. The next step is to help others to accomplish the challenge by: (1) sharing your experience on social media using the hashtag #TempleChallenge, (2) teaching friends and family to use the tools, or (3) working with others to complete the challenge again. The temple challenge is an activity that will continually bless you as you accept it, attend the temple with family names, and assist others in the search for family.
How Can I Get Started? FamilySearch is ready when you are—the first step is logging on! Create an account, and print your fan chart. Start looking for holes in your family lines, such as missing spouses or parents. Search historical records, and use partner sites to identify missing names and enter them. Then you can reserve the names you find and take them to the temple.
With an Already Full Tree, How Can I Be Blessed? With thousands of records digitized every day, your tree will never be completely full. If your direct family lines appear complete, it is time to branch out to your cousins! The Descendancy View on your FamilySearch tree is designed to help you find those cousins who need ordinances done. Suddenly you may find that your tree still has plenty of opportunity for you to be blessed by accepting the challenge. Elder Andersen’s temple challenge will bless all those who accept it. Take some time to find your ancestors by visiting FamilySearch.org, and watch as the spirit of Elijah blesses your life and strengthens your relationship with friends and family.
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