Ordinances Ready: FamilySearch App Feature Helps Find Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors

September 17, 2018  - by 

For Church members, the ultimate temple and family history goal is to provide saving ordinances for their ancestors.

This can happen whether you are able to serve as proxy for an ancestor in person or if you share the ordinances with the temple for someone to perform in your (and your ancestor’s) behalf.

But, for various reasons, it can sometimes be difficult to identify an ancestor needing ordinances.

The new Ordinances Ready feature in the FamilySearch Family Tree app can help. Here’s how it works:

Ordinances Ready searches FamilySearch Family Tree, as well as temple reservation and shared lists, to find available ordinances for people you are related to. It verifies that the person:

  • Is related to you.
  • Was born at least 110 years ago.
  • Has chronologically consistent birth and death dates as compared with family relationships.
  • Is not a duplicate, based on the information available in the tree.

If it cannot find a family name for you, the Ordinances Ready search will expand to include ordinance reservations from the temple inventory, ensuring that anyone that uses it will be able to find and request ordinances to perform in the temple.

A Boost for Consultants

Consultants can use Ordinances Ready to help the members they work with find temple ordinances for ancestors. It also provides the ability to see the family relationship and to access any photos and stories for the ancestor. Ordinances Ready is a simple way to introduce members to the joy of family history, which may instill in them a deeper desire to connect with their ancestors.

Give it a try, and see what it finds for you.

How to Request Ordinances Using an iOS Device

Using your iOS device, download the FamilySearch Family Tree App, and sign-in. From the bottom of the home screen, tap the Temple icon.

FamilySearch temple ordinances on apple

Ordinances that are already reserved will appear as a list on the Temple screen. If no ordinances have been reserved, you’ll see: “You have no reserved family names. We will find some names for you.” To search for available temple ordinances, tap on the green Ordinances Ready button. Then pick which ordinance type you’d like to search for.

FamilySearch request temple ordinances
FamilySearch find names for temple ordinances

The Ordinances Ready feature will generate a list of available ordinance reservations for you to reserve and take to the temple. From there, you will be able to print temple cards or write down a Family Ordinance Request (FOR) number. Note: Temple workers prefer that patrons bring in printed cards if possible, but the FOR number will help them print the ordinance reservation cards if needed.

How to Request Ordinances Using an Android Device

Once you have downloaded the FamilySearch Family Tree App on your android, open the app. Sign in, and in the upper left corner, tap the menu bar. From the drop-down options, select Temple.

FamilySearch family tree temple ordinances
FamilySearch ordinances ready for the temple

If you already have reserved ordinances, you will see that list appear on the Temple screen. If not, your screen will say “You have no reserved family names. We will find some for you.” Either way, tap the green Ordinances Ready button.

Now select an ordinance type so that FamilySearch can create a list of ordinance reservations for you.

FamilySearch find temple ordinances
FamilySearch requesting temple ordinances

Once you have your list, you will be directed to print the cards for your relatives or write down a Family Ordinance Request (FOR) number for each reservation you take to the temple. Again, keep in mind that temple workers prefer that patrons bring in printed cards if possible. If not, bring the FOR numbers to get help printing ordinance cards at the temple.

If no ordinances are found in the sources listed above, Ordinances Ready will retrieve available ordinances that have been submitted to the temple by any patron. These ordinances from temple inventory will be provided in the same order they were submitted to the temple. You can perform ordinances that have been submitted to the temple by others, whether or not you are directly related to those individuals.

Ordinances Ready Can Also Be Used on a Desktop

The new Ordinances Ready feature can also be used on a desktop computer, where the interface is very similar to the mobile app interface. To try it out, go to the Ordinances Ready web page.

The Power of FamilySearch Family Tree

Ordinances Ready is fueled by the family information found in the branches of FamilySearch Family Tree. Every time you add to the tree, you not only preserve part of your family story, but you may also be directly helping someone else gain the blessings of family history and temple work. Here are some simple ways you can make Ordinances Ready and the Tree even more powerful for yourself and others:

  • Discover new persons to add to the FamilySearch Tree by talking to (or texting) relatives or using record hints.
  • Help with indexing to make vital records available for families with gaps in their family tree. Indexing makes record hints possible.
  • Search out stories and photos from living family members, and add them as memories to people in the FamilySearch tree.

Tips for Using Ordinances Ready

  • If you request ordinances using the new feature, be sure to take them to the temple on your next visit or give them to family, friends, or ward members. Under certain circumstances, ordinance reservations might expire after 90 days or longer.
  • The Ordinances Ready feature will help generate just a few ordinance reservations at a time to make them easier to sort through and use for each new temple trip. If you need more ordinance reservations than you find on your first search, consider encouraging others try the feature for themselves for a fun family history experience.
  • The first step when using Ordinances Ready is to select the ordinance type you are looking to perform. Notice if the results include other remaining ordinances for that person. Depending on the circumstances, these other ordinances can be shared with a family member or the temple, so others may do them. You can also unreserve the ordinances to make them available in Family Tree.

More about the FamilySearch Family Tree app

To learn about more FamilySearch Family Tree App features, see the following articles:


Amie Tennant

Amie Bowser Tennant is a genealogy researcher, writer and presenter.She writes blog articles and other content for many top companies and societies in the genealogy field. Her most treasured experience is working as a consultant for family history. Amie lives with her husband and three children in Ohio, surrounded by many of her extended family.

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  1. When using FamilySearch Family Tree App, Ordinance Ready feature the app brought out individuals that I have already printed the cards for. I am concerned that ordinances will be done when a printed ready card is already in someone’s possession thus causing duplicated ordinance work. I believe this feature needs some additional work unless no one else would be able to pull up the same needed “ordinance Ready” except the person who originally printed the card.

    1. How long ago did you print your cards – is it possible your reservation expired (normally happens after 2 years) and the ordinance has been made available again?

    2. Is it possible that the cards you have already printed were shown in Dark Green, meaning it was reserved and printed (instead of the light green color meaning they are available)? What color was the box?

  2. This is a great web site, and I am so anxious to make further use of it. Please contact me by message if you are working on these same lines. Jean Chisholm

  3. I am wondering if I have temple cards printed, can someone else pick that name up through ordinances ready. We have a friend who serves in the temple and is doing males initiatory and endowments for us. As he has no computer, I send him either cards or FORs and he prints the cards at the temple. Is there a chance someone else will pick up those names and complete the ordinances.
    Can you tell me how the program chooses which family names in Ordinances ready. I also share names with my family a great deal. I have noticed duplication has been happening of the temple work and would like to avoid the wasted time. I also share several names with the temple and see they are being completed. I would appreciate any clarification you can give me on this. I am a T&FH Missionary and a Stake T&FH Consultant. I would like, not only for myself to know this information, but also to share it with others.

    Thank you,


    1. If cards are printed, they are only shown in Ordinance Ready to the person who printed them. It will only give names from others that are shared with the Temple or “green” and not reserved. Do remember that names that haven’t had any ordinances done in 2 years, become unreserved, although the current version reminds the original reserver when that approaches.

  4. Someone recently remarked that names reserved more than two years ago can be requested if they have not yet been done. I submitted information for several male names and have been waiting for more than two years to do the sealings because the endowments were reserved by someone but not yet done. Yet I cannot find a way to reserve those endowments myself and see that they get done so the sealings I reserved can be done.

  5. This app causes so much duplicate work….it concerns me! A YW President had her YW use the app and they printed MANY cards to take to the temple. They showed me the pile of cards and I went through each one and after looking/fixing (merging, etc.) each name….90% were already complete. I think the app should say “names possibly ready…don’t print until researched”…… Many of the names that say “ready” have poor dates, places, incorrect parents, hidden dups that don’t automatically come up, etc. I feel this app, currently, creates a mess. It should be used as a tool to do deeper research, not just quickly print a card.

    1. I 100% agree with your comment. Thank you! Family Tree has so many duplications and errors and members are under the false impression that the Church has resolved all the issues with names that qualify as “ordinances ready.” I’m trying to teach my stake members to use OR as a springboard for additional research.

      1. I agree. I’ve duplicated many ordinances because I could print the cards. Thank you, and I will check OR from now on. Jean Chisholm

      2. How does a branch family history consultant encourage using OR only as a springboard for additional resources when the stake leaders and missionaries are directing everyone to use OR as a quick and easy way to take at least one name per temple visit? When the number of names brought by members is seen as an important indicator of the success of stake temple days?

    1. Hey Andy, the FamilySearch Wiki has great resources and information about Africa. You can click on any country in Africa you are hoping to get records for and it will lead you to the right place. Here is the link. Good luck!

  6. My son passed over two years ago at age 52. Because I am still living, my information is considered private. I would very much like to prepare his temple card and do his work. How do I go about this as he is not listed in my FamilySearch tree. Thank you for your help and time.

    1. We have representatives that you can email or discuss this question with on the phone. They are great at one-on-one help. Here is the link to their contact information.

    2. Hi, I’m Clare Soundy and I, unfortunately, lost my dad two years ago and I would like to get him indowed. My dad was baptized on the first of June but I would like to proceed soon. As I am desperate to figure out how I can be sealed to my Dad even though my parents divorced when I was alive. Mum doesn’t want to be sealed to Dad but I still want to possibly be separately sealed to them as their my family.

  7. I am a Ward AND Stake Temple and Family History consultant… but ran into a problem in our ward when we did a 5th Sunday lesson. Two individuals have the Family History app on their phones… one with an Apple and one with an Android version. BOTH are missing the TEMPLE Icon or link to be able to do the Temple work we were showing them how to do… Is there a way to figure out why neither of them have this icon… they are pretty sure they are signed in under their LDS accounts… could it be that they are not and think they are and this could be why?

    1. Cindy, thanks for reaching out! It’s always great to see Family History consultants helping other patrons. The option of showing temple ordinances might be turned off on their phone. In the FamilySearch app have them go to settings under the “More” tab. The first option in settings “Show Temple Ordinances”. Make sure this setting is enabled.

  8. If we can only get the same gender when doing Ordinance Ready, how do we get the opposite sex names submissions? Seems I have lots of males on my line lingering behind because I can only bring up women. Is there something I am missing? Or a solution coming up in the near future?

    1. Dena, thanks for asking! If you have lots of boy names that need to be done you can still reserve those, just not through ordinances ready. You can get those names by reserving them the old fashioned way through the tree.

    1. With the Ordinances Ready application you can only reserve names for yourself. Does your husband have access to his own account for Ordinances Ready?

  9. My understanding is that ordinances should be done in order: Baptism then Confirmation then Initiatory then Endowment then Sealing to Spouse. When 1 card represented all the ordinances contained all the boxes to be filled in this process was easy to see and conform to. Now that we get a card for each ordinace I assumed this app would not let me print ordinances prematurely. Did that used to work? Is it in the works? Thank you for this wonderful app!

  10. Just wondering, because of not being able to go to the temple right now because of the virus, will reservations on names be extended??