Monday, October 10, 2011

New Youth and Family History Website

During the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told of a new website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

This new site is dedicated to Youth and Family History. In his talk, Elder Bednar addressed the youth of the Church and said:

"I invite the young people of the Church to learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah. I encourage you to study, to search out your ancestors, and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead (see D&C 124:28-36). And I urge you to help other people identify their family histories."1
The Youth and Family History website (currently available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese) has a three minute introductory video called, "The Time is Now," in which Elder Bednar and several youth of the Church speak about the work of family history.

This new website will help youth:
  • Discover how to do family history
  • How to serve others, and
  • Watch the experiences of other youth who've been doing temple and family history work
On the Discover page there are five steps with videos to help the youth get started with their family history. The five steps are:
  1. Discover My Family Tree
  2. Discover a Family Record
  3. Return and Verify
  4. Prepare a Name for the Temple
  5. Go to the Temple ... Again and Again
The Serve page currently has videos to:
  • Help the Families You Home Teach
  • Help Others Come Back to Church
  • Help New Members Take a Name to the Temple
  • Help Others Add Photos and Documents to Their Family Tree
  • Help Others Find Records by Indexing
The Experiences page has several videos of youth who share their experiences with temple and family history work.

What a wonderful resource this new website is to help our youth learn how to do family history work and then help others to learn how to do it too. If you are new to temple and family history work this website can help you too.