What Success Have You Experienced in Your Stake?

December 9, 2013  - by 

Success in your calling
In a survey earlier this year, stake indexing directors from around the world indicated that they have three major challenges or concerns in their calling: (1) counseling with priesthood leaders, (2) recruiting volunteers, and (3) retaining volunteers.

If you’ve ever felt this way:

  1. You are in good company
  2. You are successful in your calling

Why should you consider these feelings successful? Because they imply that you are attempting to work with priesthood leaders, as well as recruit and retain volunteers. By choosing to be proactive, you may feel frustration from time to time, but that’s natural when you’re putting forth great effort.

Success can be found in working with priesthood leaders or in recruiting or retaining volunteers, but it is rarely found in all three categories at the same time. For example:

  • A stake rallied one thousand volunteers to submit one million names in one month but then had low retention statistics the following month. Was this activity worth it? Of course! Many were invited to experience family history and enjoy the Spirit of Elijah.
  • A stake indexing director recruited and trained five volunteers to arbitrate but didn’t recruit any new indexers that month. Was this effort worth it? Absolutely! Five people learned a new skill and are able to contribute in a new way to the Lord’s work.

The definition of success depends on your stake. It depends on your location. It depends on how well indexing supports the goals of stake leaders.

With this broader definition of success in mind, consider your answer to this question:

“What success have you witnessed or experienced in your stake?”

How have you found success in your stake? How have you overcome some of the challenges discussed here? What tips and advice do you have for other stake indexing directors? Please write your comments below, or send an email to fsindexing@familysearch.org. Your answers and experiences can help inspire and uplift stake indexing directors worldwide.

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  1. One ward found that an element of competition between ward organisations raised awareness of Indexing and they set their own goals. It brought amusing comments like ” How can 7 sisters index 7000 more names in one month than 13 High priests?” That throws down a challenge doesn’t it? By the way the YW far exceeded the YM as well.

  2. In a sacrament address to one ward I felt inspired to tell them they could do better when it came to indexing. That Bishop got the message and acted on it by challenging each family in the ward to index 1000 names. The ward went from 2005 names indexed the first 8 months of this year to 78,000 names indexed in the following three months. The whole ward seemed to catch fire with the spirit. The greatest result of this is that it is a united ward effort that is touching the lives of individuals and blessing the ward as a whole. I have learned that how we achieve the goal is at least as important as how big the goal. This Bishop is now in our new Stake Presidency and I look forward to him sharing his new enthusiasm and commitment to indexing with the rest of the wards in the stake. A converted priesthood leader is a guarantee of success.

  3. I feel I am successful when a member commits to doing one hours Indexing a week, fortnight or month (some people are very busy) and they stick to that committment. I see the results of this along the way as they become more experienced, their totals increase, they come to enjoy it and then they graduate from beginner to intermediate. If they spend that one hour prayerfully trying to discipher one name and whether or not they submit that one name their time has not been wasted. The opposite can be said of those who do big numbers of easy projects then drop out because there are no more of the ones they liked left to do. The doing big numbers was a success, but giving up later is not being committed.