For Beginners: 3 Steps to Performing Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors

Temple makes it easy for you to perform temple ordinances for your ancestors. Below are 3 simple steps that you can use to easily find family members to do temple work for.







The overall process has just a few simple steps:

  1. Find ancestors who need temple ordinances. You can do this in two ways:

Look on your Temple Opportunities list. If your Temple Opportunities list contains ordinances for you to do, the Temple tab will show a small red icon.




If your Temple Opportunities list does not contain ordinances that you can do, look in Family Tree. Look for individuals whose records show the temple icon with a green arrow. This green arrow does not mean that a name has been cleared for temple work. It simply indicates that this person is missing temple ordinances and may qualify for temple work with a little more information. Before submitting a name to the temple, be sure to double-check and use reliable sources to document that the information about this person is accurate.

2.  Request the ordinances. As you begin clearing a name for ordinance work, it is important to check to see if the work has already been done. You can do this by first checking if there are duplicates records for this person. Sometimes you many find that someone else may have already created a record for the same person and provided him or her with temple ordinances. When that is the case, two or more records will appear for your individual. Check for duplicate records, and see if the temple ordinance information already exists for him or her. If that is the case, do not resubmit the name for temple work.

Remember that when you request ordinances, you commit to seeing that they get done. Reserve only the number of ordinances you can get done in a reasonable amount of time.

3. Take the name to the temple. If you are going to do the ordinances yourself or give them to someone else to do, follow these steps:

  • Print the Family Ordinance Request.
  • Take the Family Ordinance Request to the temple, where workers can print the family ordinance cards for you.
  • Do the ordinances. The information about the completed ordinances is automatically added to Family Tree.

If you want the temple to do the ordinances for you, you can share the ordinances with the temple or reserve them for other family members to do.
For more information about preparing names for temple ordinances, see the following:


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