Temple & Family History
South Fork

South Fork Ward Temple and Family History Plan

Our prophet Russell M. Nelson says the supreme task of our dispensation is to gather Israel on both sides of the veil.  Here are some suggestions on how to do it.


1. Individual/Couple Goals

Each person who holds a temple recommend should make a goal to attend the temple as often as their personal circumstances allow and participate in any of the temple ordinances.  Bishopric members mention this during recommend interviews, and it is brought up during lessons and talks.  Members are encouraged to invite others to go with them and to share their testimonies of temple and family history experiences in talks, lessons, testimonies, and in thoughts presented in class and quorum meetings.


2. Youth Baptisms for the Dead.

Young women and men should have at least two opportunities each year to attend the temple with their quorum or class to do baptisms for the dead.  Families should go with their youth at least once a year.  Youth classes and quorums will have a temple or family history activity at least every two months prior to attending the temple so they can find relatives for whom they will be doing baptisms.


3. New and Returning Members

Identify new and returning members that we can assist and involve with temple and family history work.  Assist them with family history so they can find names of deceased relatives for whom they can do baptisms for the dead.


4. FamilySearch Accounts

All youth and adults should have a FamilySearch account and understand how to log in.  This includes 8- through 12 10 and 11 -year old Primary children.  Those under age 13 need to have parental permission.


5. Family History Research

Each member of the ward will find at least one “lost” person during the year, i.e. a person whose name has not been previously entered in FamilySearch.  This is in addition to does not include using “Ordinances Ready” or finding “Green Temples” all of which have been found by others.  Family history consultants will help members search original records as the only way to fulfill this goal.


6. Counseling Together

Each individual and family and the Relief Society, Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood quorums, and Young Women classes will counsel how they can individually and collectively gather Israel on both sides of the veil.