For Leaders

    Discover how temple and family history service can bless the lives of those you serve.

    The Promised Blessings of Family History

    Our Heavenly Father wants all of His children to return home to be with Him again. Temple and family history service includes finding our deceased family members and performing essential ordinances in sacred temples for them so they can return home. Those that engage in this service are promised powerful blessings. At its heart, temple and family history service brings joy and satisfaction. As a Church leader, you have a unique opportunity to help teach and provide opportunities for members to experience these promised blessings.

    Hear the blessings of temple and family history service from the Apostles themselves in this video.

    The Promised Blessings of Family History (3:24)
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    Temple and Family History Leadership Pattern in the Stake and Ward

    Temple and family history work improves when leaders have a clear understanding of the leadership pattern. You can find these patterns in Handbook 2.

    Stake Organization

    See Handbook 2: Administering the Church, 5.4.6–5.4.7 to learn how to organize temple and family history work in the stake.

    Ward Organization

    Under the direction of the bishop, the ward council considers matters relating to temple and family history work. During the February 2019 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction, Elder Renlund outlined how to organize temple and family history work in the ward.

    2019 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction (1:03:51)
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    Section 5.4 of Handbook 2 outlines how to organize temple and family history work in the ward.

    As Elder Renlund explained in the 2019 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction, “A consultant reports to the ward temple and family history leader, who works closely with the elders quorum presidency, who supervises the work under the direction of the bishop. To deviate from this standard leadership pattern requires a good reason, concurrence of the stake president, and confirmation by the Holy Ghost. . . .

    “If a ward temple and family history leader has not been called, a counselor in the elders quorum presidency acts in that role. This is because the elders quorum president generally delegates this responsibility to one of his counselors.”

    Leaders should hold a coordination meeting to organize the work to accomplish the ward temple and family history plan.

    Learn more about the ward temple and family history consultant and ward temple and family history leader callings and responsibilities here.

    Experience for Yourself

    The best way to experience the power of temple and family history service is to participate yourself. Try one of these activities, and experience family history in a whole new way:

    Consider sharing the link above and your experience with those you know.

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