2017 RootsTech Family Discovery Day

  • February 11, 2017
February 11, 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah and Online

Participate in Family Discovery Day on Saturday, February 11, to learn how to celebrate your family heritage—past, present, and future from President Russell M. Nelson, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, and other special guests.

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  • Watch live on the ChurchofJesusChrist.org home page.

Are you passionate about family stories? Do you have an interest in learning how to discover your roots? If so, Family Discovery Day 2017 is for you and you can attend or watch live from anywhere in the world.

RootsTech Family Discovery Day is a 1-day free event designed to help LDS individuals and families discover and celebrate their family heritage—past, present, and future. Family Discovery Day, which originates at the RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be streamed online in English, Spanish, and Portuguese so that members of the Church around the world can participate.

Here’s what you can expect this year:

General Authority speakers

President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, will be the featured speakers at Family Discovery Day.

President and Sister Nelson will share family stories and experiences that highlight the importance of family and offer unique perspectives for raising children and grandchildren in faith.

President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson

The Family Discovery Day general session with President and Sister Nelson will begin at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) on February 11, 2017, and will be streamed live on the home page of ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

Other special guests

Family Discovery Day will also feature popular LDS speakers including former National Football League player and current television personality Vai Sikahema; Brigham Young University head football coach Kalani Sitake; and BYU professor of religion and popular public speaker, Hank Smith; and Deseret Book CEO Sheri Dew.

These sessions will also be streamed live on the home page of ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

Family Discovery Day streaming schedule (English, Spanish, and Portuguese)



1:00 p.m.
(60 minutes)

President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson

2:15 PM
(60 minutes)

Vai Sikahema, Kalani Sitake, Sheri L. Dew

3:30 p.m.
(60 minutes)

Hank Smith

Following the live sessions, watch portions of the February 9 Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert “It's All in the Family,” narrated by Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III featuring special guest artist Dallyn Vail Bayles.

Available on-demand

If you can’t watch live on February 11 starting at 1:00 p.m. (MST), videos of the messages from Family Discovery Day will also be archived at ChurchofJesusChrist.org/discoverfamily for later viewing in the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.