I Accepted the Challenge: Orem Young Women

September 4, 2015  - by 

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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  1. What is the objective of this challenge for those whose families have been members for multi-generations where it appears a substantial percentage of temple submissions are duplicates?

    For example, a Stake President recently asked me to check a sample of 5 names a youth chose to represent the ordinance submitted by a ward where the youth are actively involved in this challenge. Only 3 of the 5 people really needed their ordinances completed. If this was a representative sample, then 40% of this ward’s youth temple submissions are duplicates.

    I was also recently contacted by a person who is in charge of programming the instruction for Northern Utah family history workers. They are very concerned about a high duplication rate in their area and its impact on impeding the temple work for those who really need it. This person expressed dissatisfaction after a FamilySearch employee expressed his belief that it only takes 5 minutes to find a person to submit for temple ordinances, since practices result in excessive duplication of ordinances.

    In one Salt Lake Valley ward, a deacon was highly praised for finding a person who he said needed ordinances and having his family complete these ordinances. In Sacrament meeting, he said he looks forward to meeting this person and bore his testimony about what a wonderful experience this was; however it only took two minutes afterwards to determine this was the third time these ordinances were done. I worry that it might affect his faith when he eventually finds this out. This is not an isolated example and I could give several more examples. While going to the temple is always a great experience, how will youth and adult members react when they discover they misinterpreted the promptings they felt in the temple.

    The youth are great and so is everyone involved in this part of the plan of salvation. Members just need to be taught how to use these wonderful new tools the Lord has provided. Even a different Stake President found himself in the same situation as the above deacon when after a Ward conference address it was found that the person he chose to highlight in his address when it was brought to his attention that he was not describing the feelings you get when you really do get both halves of the blessing.

    From my perspective, better training should be made available. You do not need to be an expert, but you should know the basics. Members need to know that the “possible duplicates” search in Family Tree does not find all of the duplicates and is not sufficient for determining if ordinances are needed. As many vital details should be entered as can easily be found with FamilySearch RecordsSearch as well as Ancestry.com, FindMyPast and MyHeritage before doing a final “possible duplicates” search. Next, the “find” search should be used to look for records missed by the “possible duplicates” search. Finally, members need to understand that not all ordinance information is in the FamilyTree database and a quick IGI search can be done to see if any ordinances have been done for a person. If they are in the IGI, then they will need to check the old DOS “Ordinance Index” that can be found at a Family History Center or Library. This really is not hard to do, but it cannot be done in 5 minutes, even by a professional genealogist.
    If the goal is to find and take those who need these sacred ordinances, then the present challenge needs to be supplemented with better training. If the goal is to quickly find, submit and take anyone the software allows, then this challenge is achieving its goal. The problem is members are receiving mixed messages and it is unclear what the objective is.