“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).
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.