Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Temple morning introduces full-time missionaries to the spirit of Elijah

On Tuesday 21 January, missionaries from the Devonport district in Tasmania and their zone leaders set aside the regular business of their district meeting to receive training from Elder and Sister Rust, a missionary couple serving a FamilySearch mission in Hobart, on the fundamentals of family history work.

The training covered an introduction to the Church's family history website, FamilySearch.org, including recording research in the new Family Tree tool, basics of research, and indexing.

Sister Rust, who is the only member of the Church in her immediate family, said that family history helps her to feel like she's not alone in the gospel. Early in her personal research she discovered that some of her ancestors were members of the Church, and now because of her many years of research and temple work, many more have received the saving ordinances of the gospel.

After the training, missionaries spent nearly two hours in the Deloraine FamilySearch Centre, using computers and tablets to practice the principles they had been taught. For many, this was their first hands-on experience with any kind of family history activity, and working together with members of their district family helped to make the experience even more meaningful.

The stake presidency, in line with direction from the Area Presidency, have identified family history and temple work as a central focus of the work of the stake in 2014. Our testimony is that as members (especially youth and new converts) and missionaries work together in this important aspect of the work of salvation, hearts will be turned to fathers, and people who are introduced to the Church through family history work will desire to learn more about the eternal potential of their own families.