“6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smitethe earth with a curse.”
1. I have a fam’ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
Fam’lies can be together forever
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.
2. While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.
*For Younger Children* Read or share Family History 1-2-3
To live with Heavenly Father again, people must be baptized into the true Church. To live with their families forever, they must be sealed in the temple. Can Grandmother Isabel live with Heavenly Father and her family again?
Yes—if someone submits her name to the temple for baptism and other temple ordinances.
And you can help by doing family history work. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Find Out What You Know.
- Ask your parents and grandparents to tell you about your ancestors.
- Write down the names, dates, and places they tell you about.
Step 2: Find Out Something New at friend.lds.org.
Have a parent or grandparent with you when you visit friend.lds.org and click on the Family History button. Together you will be able to:
- Sign into the FamilySearch program.
- See and add names to your family tree.
- Search for names your parents or grandparents told you about.
- Look for temple icons to find out which ancestors need to have temple work done for them.
- Find a family history center near you where you can do more research.
Step 3: Volunteer!
If you can read and type and are 12 or older, you can volunteer to do family history work called indexing. This means you will look at old records and type the names of other people’s ancestors. Remember to get your parent’s permission.
To sign up as a volunteer, go to friend.lds.org and click on Volunteer.
Would you like to work on indexing with a friend or family member? The “Share Batch” feature lets you and another person work on the same batch of records together. Find out more after you are registered for indexing.
Through family history work, you can help your ancestors return to live with Heavenly Father and with their families forever. What a great way to show our love for our ancestors.
*For The Whole Family* Read through and share some from Me? Teaching family History? Discuss family history and how you can take part in it as a family.
With just three weeks until youth conference, Courtney D. was asked to teach a class about doing family history. The only catch? She’d never done any family history work before.
It wasn’t long after the October 2011 general conference that 14-year-old Courtney D. of South Dakota approached her stake Young Women president and asked if they could have an activity to learn how to dofamily history work. Courtney had been touched by a general conference talk by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, particularly when he directed his message to the youth of the Church.
Courtney was a little overwhelmed—after all, she had never done anyfamily history work before—but she agreed. Her mom and her younger sister Savannah were learning about family history work, so for the next three weeks on Tuesday nights, they went to the stake family historycenter and learned how to use FamilySearch.
Courtney, Savannah, and their mom spent time entering data from family records they received from Courtney’s great aunt. They found that no work had been done on her mom’s side. “We started finding a lot of things, and I was so excited!” she says.
Before Courtney started learning about family history, she had just assumed, as many of us do, that if she ever needed genealogical information, she would talk to her uncle, who, she says, “did a lot of the work for our family.”
But Courtney says that Elder Bednar’s talk helped her think about family history work in a different way. It was something she could be involved in.
“I actually really like history, so I had learned a little bit about family history, but never enough to actually do it,” she says. “When Elder Bednar told the youth that we need to do it—that we’ve basically been trained to do it with technology—I thought, ‘Really? I’m trained? That’s awesome.’” An invitation from an Apostle led Courtney to act.
But it wasn’t all ease and excitement. Courtney discovered that records didn’t exist for a lot of her ancestors, many of whom were born in Ireland but then moved to Massachusetts and New York in the United States.
By talking with extended family members—many of whom are not members of the Church—Courtney was able to gather a lot of information. It also brought the extended family members together, Courtney says. “I feel closer to them now than I did before. We’re an Air Force family and move a lot, so it’s hard for us to travel to where they live. We’d kept in touch on Facebook and with cards, but family historyhas given us another way to connect.”
The biggest surprise Courtney found in working alongside her mom and sister in family history work was how she felt. “It’s a peaceful thing,” she says. “Whenever I thought about the work we were doing, I felt super happy about it. I just felt glad. Our ancestors need the blessings they’ll have with baptism” and other ordinances.
She and her mom also spent time preparing the presentation that Courtney delivered to her peers at youth conference. It included statements from Elder Bednar’s talk and helpful ideas for how to set up an LDS Account (which you need in order to take family names to the temple) and get started in family history work.
Because of a blizzard, youth conference was postponed (Courtney gave her presentation when the event was rescheduled a couple months later), but the inclement weather didn’t keep Courtney from continuing with her new skills. She began preparing the names of the relatives she had identified for their temple work to be done in the Bismarck North Dakota Temple.
Courtney says that the most important thing she’s learned from her experience is that family history is a work everyone can be involved in.
“It isn’t just for older people. And it isn’t just for youth. It’s for everyone. You get blessings from it, including knowing that you can give yourself and your ancestors the chance to be together in heaven.”
Mug Muffin & Chocolate Ginger Snaps
Blueberry Mug Muffin
- ¼ cup flour $0.04
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
- ¼ tsp baking powder $0.02
- ⅛ tsp salt $0.01
- pinch cinnamon $0.01
- ½ Tbsp butter $0.04
- 2 Tbsp milk $0.04
- 1-2 Tbsp frozen blueberries $0.19
- In a microwave safe mug, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until well mixed.
- Add the butter to the mug and use your fingers to rub or smoosh them together until no large chunks of butter remain and the mixture looks like damp sand (see photos below).
- Stir the milk into the butter/flour mixture. It should now resemble a thick muffin batter. If it’s too dry, add a splash more milk. Sprinkle blueberries over top and push them down into the batter. Microwave on high for approximately 90 seconds. Enjoy with a drizzle of maple syrup over top.
Every microwave is different, so you may have to experiment with the exact cooking time.
You can add a drop or two of vanilla for extra flavor.
(From Budget Bytes )
Chocolate Ginger Snaps
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour $0.33
- 1¼ tsp ground (dried) ginger $0.15
- ¼ tsp ground cloves $0.05
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg $0.05
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder $0.04
- 1 tsp baking soda $0.05
- 8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter $0.80
- 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger $0.24
- ½ cup brown sugar $0.16
- ½ cup dark molasses $1.10
- ¼ cup white sugar $0.04
- 4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate $1.32
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
- Peel the fresh ginger and grate it into a separate, medium-sized bowl (grate using a small holed cheese grater). Add the butter (room temperature) and beat with an electric mixer until it’s light and fluffy.
- Add the brown sugar to the butter mixture and beat again until fluffy. Add the molasses and beat until fluffy. Add half of the flour mixture and beat until well incorporated. Add the second half of the flour mixture and beat until fully incorporated. If the dough is too dry and won’t come completely together, add one tablespoon of water.
- Roughly chop the semi-sweet chocolate into small pieces. Stir it into the dough. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap it tightly and refrigerate for about one hour or until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the white sugar in a small bowl. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and divide it into 24 pieces. Working quickly, roll each piece of dough into a ball and coat it in white sugar. Place the sugar coated dough balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment (12 per baking sheet). Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the surface looks cracked.
(From Budget Bytes )
- Spend Some Time Indexing. Helping to index records is a great way to take part in Family History! You can find a way at: Family Search Indexing.
- Share your favorite Family Stories – Perhaps it’s how your grandparents met, your mother’s conversion to the church, or your very own favorite family moments!
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.