We are charged with preserving the memories of our ancestors, relatives, our families, and our posterity. As we learn about them we literally “Turn Our Hearts to Our Ancestors” and their hearts turn to us. As well, if you live your life by the Spirit, you will feel those spiritual influences in your life that will come from the heavens. As we read their stories, understand their challenges, etc, these individuals we are performing ordinance work for come to life for use. Temple work takes on an entirely different meaning when we perform this work for our kindred deceased persons, and understand their lives more.
Temple AND Family History go together. They are BOTH HALVES of the blessing that we will receive. It is the way that we can learn to love our ancestors.
Many church members are relying on applications like "Hope Chest", "Take a Name", etc to help them "find names to take to the temple". While helpful in finding those "green temple icons", using these types of programs are also fraught with problems. Realize that Family Tree is filled with duplications and other relationship errors (like kids 200 years older than their parents), resulting from decades of multiple and often conflictual data submissions. The above apps may suggest that certain names are "ready to request". It is important to go one or more steps further to check for duplicates, sources, etc. Countless ordinances have been redone countless times on the many duplicated individuals in Family Tree. It is up to us as church members to validate the accuracy of the "Person" information, remove the duplicates, etc. Besides…would you not want to learn more about that ancestor ("name") that you are going to do temple work for? They are NOT a "name", but a person that actually lived, had their life challenges and successes. Spend a little time getting to know them. Where did they live, what did the father do for an occupation, what was life like for them when they lived? Ask questions to yourself about them. One day you will meet them in person!
There are much better ways to research or find ancestral names for temple work. If you would like some help, please feel free to contact your ward consultant, or also visit us at the library for help.
“It doesn’t matter whether your computer is able to compile all the Family Group Sheets for everyone that ever lived on earth, it remains the responsibility of each individual to know his kindred dead… Even if the work is done, then it is still each person’s responsibility to study and become acquainted with his ancestors.” President Joseph Fielding Smith "Hearts Turned To the Fathers"
“Brother Widtsoe reaffirmed that ‘those who give themselves with all their might and mind to this [family history] work receive help from the other side. Whoever seeks to help those in the other side receives help in return in all the affairs of life’” (Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple, 252).
“Remember that the names which will be so difficult to find are of real people to whom you owe your existence in this world and whom you will meet again in the spirit world. … Their hearts are bound to you. Their hope is in your hands. You will have more than your own strength as you choose to labor on to find them” (Henry B. Eyring, “Hearts Bound Together,” April 2005 general conference).
“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors” (Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Oct. 2012 general conference).
“I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives” (David A. Bednar, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Oct. 2011 general conference).