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President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson took to the stage in front of thousands of enthused families during the RootsTech 2017 Family Discovery Day. They spoke about small sacrifices to make family history a priority and take family names to the temple.

President Nelson shared a sacred story about his deceased great-grandfather visiting his grandfather, urging him to seal their family in the temple. Sister Nelson shared her experience of giving up the game Scrabble for 21 days and instead using that time for family history.

After sharing their testimonies, President Nelson extended this challenge: “I invite you prayerfully to consider what kind of sacrifice, and preferably a sacrifice of time, you can make to do more family history and temple work this year.”

There are many ways to take up President Nelson’s challenge. A good place to start is meeting one-on-one with a local temple and family history consultant for a personalized experience in family history. Consultants can help you with research or find answers to other questions you have.

Here are a few other ideas to consider as you follow President Nelson’s invitation.


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Why taking the time to do family history work is important.Preserve Living Memories

Your story matters. Imagine your great-grandchildren listening to your voice as you tell the stories of your childhood or seeing the snapshots of moments that matter to you. Creating an oral history of your own memories can be one of the best ways to preserve the important stories of your life. You can record these stories and upload other memories of your life on the FamilySearch Memories app or on the FamilySearch memories page. If you need some ideas to get you started, check out the 52 stories campaign.

Create Family Temple Traditions

The heart of family history research is completing saving ordinances for our ancestors. “And that means sacrificing time we normally spend on other activities,” President Nelson reminded us. “We need to be spending more time in the temple.” As we participate in temple ordinances as a family, we will receive great promised blessings and protection.

Sister Nelson bore testimony of the blessings she has received: “However fabulous your life is right now or however discouraging and heartbreaking it may be, your involvement in family history and temple work will make it better. It is my testimony that when we show the Lord that we are serious about helping our ancestors, the heavens will open and we will receive all that we need.”

President Nelson closed his remarks with this faithful resolution, “Brothers and sisters, together we are engaged in the work of almighty God. He lives. Jesus is the Christ. This is His Church. We are His covenant children. He can count on us.”

Watch President and Sister Nelson’s full presentation at RootsTech 2017.

Share how you sacrificed time to work on family history here.


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