Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Stake's first Ward Temple Night unites families in Burnie

The first stake-run "Ward Temple Night" was held in Burnie Branch on Tuesday the 18th of February. It was a very successful night with 30 members attending, the most I’m sure we have seen come to a Family History activity. The night included a short meeting inspiring us about being active in the work of the Lord and the blessings which come from doing this amazing work.

There were five sessions which each family group could pick to participate in. These were: record what you know in the My Family booklet; discover ancestors you don’t know yet; connect through stories and memories; scan and upload photos and documents; and FamilySearch Indexing. I think we often stereotype Family History as boring and not very rewarding, but there is a lot more to Family History than just sitting at a computer and searching for names. There are so many different ways you can contribute to Family History, all you have to do is find the one that suits you the best.

For me personally I went to this activity grudgingly, thinking that I had so many more important things I needed to be doing. But as always I really enjoyed myself, as did, I’m sure, everyone else. The spirit that was brought to the chapel that night was so strong, you could feel the joy of those who had passed, excited that we were doing something so special for them. It was a truly amazing feeling!

Any doubts about the night were swept away when I remembered my love for FamilySearch Indexing. Even though the internet was extremely slow, like really really slow, which meant we didn’t get to do all that much, it was my opportunity to be inspired to start on the wonderful road of Family History. Now fully equipped with the means to do indexing, I am going to strive to decipher as many records as my schedule allows.

Tiffany Saltmarsh from the Burnie Branch gave a comment on the night: "I was looking for Mum's grandfather and there were heaps of results! It was lots of fun!”

I know that by coming to these Ward Temple Nights we will feel closer to our Heavenly Father and those who we are doing the work for. I know that by doing the work of the Lord we will be blessed.

I would encourage all those who can, to attend their Ward Temple Night, you will not be disappointed!

For more information about Ward Temple Nights, visit

Article by Paige Triffitt, Assistant Stake Historian. Photos by Shakirah McKinley.