“What Should I Focus On?” My Calling as a Temple and Family History Consultant (2020).
“What Should I Focus On?” My Calling as a Temple and Family History Consultant.
As a temple and family history consultant, you help individuals and families come unto Christ as they prepare for and participate in temple and family history work.
In President Russell M. Nelson’s first address as President of the Church, he counseled: “Your commitment to follow the Savior by making covenants with Him and then keeping those covenants will open the door to every spiritual blessing and privilege available to men, women, and children everywhere. … The end for which each of us strives is to be endowed with power in a house of the Lord, sealed as families, faithful to covenants made in a temple that qualify us for the greatest gift of God—that of eternal life” (“As We Go Forward Together,” Ensign, Apr. 2018, 7).
You are a disciple of Jesus Christ. Discipleship includes loving, teaching, leading, and serving others. President Henry B. Eyring taught: “You are called to represent the Savior. Your voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, your hands to lift the same as His hands” (“Rise to Your Call,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2002, 76).
The following principles will help you as you help others in fulfilling your calling:
Pray to be led by the Holy Ghost.
Prepare ahead of time to help each individual or family you work with have a unique experience working on their temple and family history work.
Minister to the one.
Invite others to act.
Temple and family history consultants have the primary responsibilities of supporting ward temple and family history plans and creating inspiring experiences that bring joy to all people as they discover, gather, and connect their family through temple ordinances. You magnify your calling and help others when you do the following:
Follow the Spirit
Each person or family you serve is unique. Seek inspiration from the Spirit to prepare a personalized plan of activities based on their interests and to be led to the resources that will be the most meaningful to the person or family you are helping. For more information about preparing personalized plans, see “Personalized Family History Experiences” under Helper Resources on FamilySearch.org.
Lead to the Temple
The eternal focus of temple and family history work is the salvation of our ancestors. Become familiar with FamilySearch’s Ordinances Ready tool, which simplifies the process of discovering ancestors needing temple ordinances.
Focus on Discovery
Reaching beyond names and dates adds to the meaning and significance of a family member’s history, traditions, and homeland. As a temple and family history consultant, you help individuals and families experience true discoveries about their ancestors by teaching them about resources they can access at FamilySearch.org. These resources include:
Family history activities: FamilySearch provides many in-home and online activities ideas that you can use to create experiences around sharing stories, capturing memories, and strengthening family relationships.
Historical records: FamilySearch contains over a billion historical records that are easily searchable and often reveal interesting details. FamilySearch also uses record hints, which identify historical records that match the information in FamilySearch Family Tree. Record hints can help individuals and families discover records they might not otherwise have found.
Indexing: Indexing on FamilySearch is what makes historical records searchable online. Indexing is an easy way for everyone to participate in family history and experience the spirit of Elijah.
Strengthen Living Families
Consider the family situations of individuals and families. Seek inspiration from the Spirit in finding ways family history can help strengthen relationships with their living family as they learn about their ancestors.
Minister to the One
Great blessings come from participating in temple and family history work. Encourage ministering brothers and sisters to consider including family history activities as part of their service to the individuals and families they minister to. (See “Family History Activities” under Everyday Ministering at ministering.ChurchofJesusChrist.org for ideas you can share with ministering companionships.)
Support Missionary Efforts
Participation in temple and family history work provides natural opportunities to discuss some of life’s most important questions about our place in God’s family, His eternal plan for each of His children, and life after death. Under the direction of your priesthood leaders, you may work with ward and full-time missionaries to provide family history experiences for those learning the gospel and for new and returning members.