Quotes from Conference—Simple Efforts

Sister Craven speaking in general conference.

Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis talk was titled “Lift Up Your Heart and Rejoice” in the April 2022 general conference. He said, “You have been prepared from before this life and born now to participate in the great work of the gathering of Israel on both sides of the veil in these latter days.” Quoting President Nelson, he noted, “Anytime you do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—take a step toward making covenants with God and receiving their essential baptismal and temple ordinances, you are helping to gather Israel. It is as simple as that.”

“It takes effort to stay focused on what is truly essential for lasting joy,” said Sister Rebecca L. Craven, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency. She added, “I invite each of us to prayerfully consider those things that distract us from doing what [matters] most.”

Keeping ourselves on the covenant path and helping others take steps toward that path are surely things that are worthy of our time.

This week, set aside some time to help gather Israel. Whether you have 1 minute, 5 minutes, or a few hours or more each week, make visiting the temple, ministering to others, and doing family history a priority.


Prayerfully consider what you might need to set aside and what activities you should prioritize. Here are some simple ideas that might help.


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We hope these weekly reminders inspire you to do some of your own family history, a little at a time. Check out the Temple and Family History category on the FamilySearch blog for more next week!

About the Author
Kevin V. Hunt lives in Maricopa, Arizona. He got hooked on genealogy and family history at the age of 12. He enjoys researching and helping others with their personal genealogical research. He’s married, retired, has 9 children and 41 grandchildren! He is a blogger, writer, avid personal journal keeper, and author of a dozen family heritage books. He is currently a volunteer service missionary for FamilySearch.