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Top Resources (each leads to many more resources)

Church of Jesus Christ - Official page on Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - Topic Page on Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - All General Conference Talks on Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - Scriptures on Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - Videos on Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - Images on Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - Music that talks about Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - Family History in the Church News

Church of Jesus Christ - Lessons in Church Manuals about Family History

Church of Jesus Christ - Family History in the Church Handbook

Church of Jesus Christ - All Search Results on Family History

See also: Church History

Free RootsTech Virtual Conference - Sign Up Now General Conference Talks on Family History Gospel Topics: Family History Teaching Children about Family History (stories/activities/media)

LDS Media Library: Family and Family History--Picture Quotes Search Results for Family History

Help Center for Family History Questions

Learn about Ancestors through Family History and Genealogy

What is the Purpose of Family?

General Resources

An Untapped LDS Treasure

BYU Family History Portal

Chart Showing Effect of Family History on Convert Retention

Church of Jesus Christ - What is Family History

Family Coat of Arms Idea

Family History Bulletin Board Ideas

Family History Center Ideas

Family History Makes You Smarter!

Family History Resources

Family History Username and Password Sheet

Family Memories

Family Picture Screen Saver Idea

Genealogy Free Stuff (free printable forms, etc.)

Humorous Sketch

Index to Public Works Account Books

Journals - there are many free journal pages online for children for FHE, summer activity, Primary Activity-Days (do google search)

LDS Baptismal Records

Meridian magazine Family History Articles

Mormon Migration Website

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel

Mormons and Their Neighbors


Names:  Popularity of names during different years since 1879 (link to Social Security site)

Parable of the Keys  (used by permission of author Michael Wilcox) (PDF)

President Nelson' Grandfather's Visit from the other side of the Veil and Family History Work

Remembering Those Who Wait

Repaying a Debt 150 Years Later

Saviors on Mount Zion

Scriptures on Redeeming the Dead

Selected LDS Family and Local History Sources at the Church History Libary

Special Christmas Present

Thirteen Articles of No Faith   (humorous)

Thomas Briggs

Time and Date Calendar

Time Capsule  -  Fun link - type in someone's birthdate  -  get info about that day and year

Tips for writing your Personal History (FamilySearch Wiki)

Uncle Gilberto's Memory

Who Turned My Head?

Why Didn't People Smile in Old Photos?

Youth Indexing Project


A year's worth of FH Quotes for the Ward Sunday Bulletin

A 2nd year's worth of FH Quotes for the Ward Bulletin

Printable Quote from Archibald F. Bennett foreseeing the future of Family History Work - 1947 Church News

Promises for those who faithfully attend to Temple Work

Quote about Time Being Expanded

Quotes - 1

Quotes - 2

Quotes about being Saviors on Mount Zion

Quotes about Family History  (LDS Daily WOOL)

Quotes about Keeping a Journal   (LDS Daily Wool)

Quotes about Histories/Journals

Quotes about Receiving Help from the Other Side

Quotes about the importance of doing work for your own family

Quotes about Technology and Family History

Quotes on Accurate Temple Work

General Conference Talks

Eternal Families - Henry B. Eyring - April 2016

Family History and Temple Work: Sealing and Healing - Dale G. Renlund - April 2018

Gathering the Family of God - Henry B. Eyring - April 2017

Generations Linked in Love - Russell M. Nelson - April 2010

Happiness and Joy in Temple Work - Franklin D. Richards - October 1986

Hearts Bound Together - Elder Henry B. Eyring April 2004

He Goes Before Us - Henry B. Eyring - April 2020

Moving Forward - Russell M. Nelson - October 2020

Our Kindred Family--Expression of Eternal Love - J. Richard Clarke - April 1989

Roots and Branches - Quentin L. Cook - April 2014

Search for Identity - Monte Brough  (need for good role models from past) - April 1995

See Yourself in the Temple - Quentin L. Cook - April 2016

The Spirit of Elijah - Russell M. Nelson - October 1994

We Each Have a Story - Gerrit W. Gong - April 2022


"Grandma's Disease"

"My Dream"--by Alice S. Fedden

"Old Echoes from a Family Reunion"

"Subject:  Census"

The Elusive Ancestor (Humorous Poem)

"We Need You"

Family History Posters

They will be FOREVER grateful

Use Your Temple Recommend

BYU Speeches

A Good Name--A Priceless Possession - Sharon Samuelson

Elijah's Mission - Truman G. Madsen - June 5, 1977 (Audio)

Harvey and Howard: Lessons from Two Grandfathers - Thomas H. Fletcher - February 7, 2012

Lane Fischer tells about his ancestors

Of Dead Cats and Dead People - Amy Harris - July 18, 2017

Roots and Branches - Hartman Rector Jr. - February 10, 1981

Sealing Power and Salvation - Joseph Fielding Smith - January 12, 1971 (Audio)

The Value of a Good Name - L. Tom Perry

The "Welding Link" of Culture - Van C. Gessel - May 3, 2005

Ensign Articles

"A Temple-Motivated People" - Pres. Hunter - Ensign

"Family History:  In Wisdom and in Order" - Dallin H. Oaks (busy young parents) - Ensign

Family Home Evening Helps--Five Family History Activities - Ensign)

"Finding Ancestors, Uniting a Ward" - Ensign

Grandpa Wrote a Book (short idea - Ensign--Scroll down in Random Sampler) 

"Helping Each Other Succeed in Family History" - Ensign

"It's All Been Done"- Ensign

"Seagoing Saints" - Ensign (experiences of the Saints crossing the ocean)

"The Doctrine of Temple Work" - David E. Sorensen - Ensign

"The Joy of Family History Work" - Quentin L. Cook - Feb. 2016 Ensign

"The Parents You Have Not Known" - Ensign (adopted girl finds birth family)

"The Things of Eternity—Stand We in Jeopardy?" - Pres. Spencer W. Kimball - Ensign

"Using Family History as a Missionary Tool" - Ensign

"We Have a Work to Do" - President Howard W. Hunter - Ensign

"Your Family History: Getting Started" - Boyd K. Packer - Ensign

New Era Articles / Youth

"Idea List: Making History" - New Era

Invitation to The Rising Generation

"Jazz Up Your Journal", New Era

"My Jeep Is History Too" - New Era

"Saving the Stories" - New Era

Where in History Is Josh Taylor?" - New Era(young boy expert)

"Why Study History?" New Era

"Find Our Cousins" - Elder Neil L. Anderson - Roots Tech Family History Conference

Youth and Family History

Mormon Ads and New Era Posters

"Get to Know an Old Friend"

"Get into Family History"

"Write Here -- Write Now"

"Simply keep a journal"

"Save Your Life"

"Family Ties"

"Hang Out with Your Family"

"Invest in Bonds"

"Do Your Homework"

Mormonads for Family History

Lessons in Church Manuals

"Finding Joy in Temple and Family History Work"

"Our Temple and Family History Responsibilities"

Introduction to Family History Student Manual - Religion 261

A Member's Guide to Temple and Family History Work Manual

Family Home Evening Lessons / Media / Stories

Ancestors FHE from Deseret Book

"Family History" - FHE Resource Book

"Family History" (LDSLiving)

Not One Soul Was Missing (story of the temple)

Spiritual Dynamite - Video

Library Books and CDs

"Bridging Heaven and Earth" by Meg Johnson

Promises for Family History and Temple Work

You can read the promises in three ways. The links below access the promises in Docx and PDF format (you are welcome to download these for free), OR you can see each promise right on this page, below the links.

Promises for Family History / Temple work (Word - Docx)

Promises for Family History / Temple Work (PDF)

Increased Personal Revelation

By virtue of the sacred priesthood in me vested,...I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life as you bless those who have died.

President Ezra Taft Benson - "The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants– General Conference April 1987

Blessed Beyond Measure

I promise you that all who faithfully attend to temple work will be blessed beyond measure. Your families will draw closer to the Lord, unseen angels will watch over your loved ones when Satanic forces tempt them, the veil will be thin and great spiritual experiences will distill upon this people.

Vaughn J. Featherstone - Mount Vernon Washington Stake Conference - June 1985

Pure Intelligence Will Be Poured on Your Mind

Pure intelligence will be poured into our mind, a pouring in of intelligence and learning.

Cleansing and clarifying effect.

“See” things we were not able to see before and find a way through our troubles that we had not previously known.

“No work is more of a protection to this Church than temple work and the genealogical research which supports it. No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power. No work requires a higher standard of righteousness. Our labors in the temple cover us with a shield and a protection, both individually and as a people.”

Boyd K. Packer's book: The Holy Temple

You Will Be a Better Person

...we will be a better people, we will be better fathers and husbands, we will be better wives and mothers.

I make you a promise that if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed, life will be better for you

President Gordon B. Hinckley “Ensign,” July 1997, 73

Calming and Settling Influence

Temple attendance has a calming, settling, consoling influence that distills peace and contentment.

The accompanying family history work to identify ancestors to receive those ordinances yields similar blessings.

Richard G. Scott - BYU Education Week, 19 August 1997

Love Your Family With a Deeper Love

When you attend the temple and perform the ordinances that pertain to the house of the Lord, certain blessings will come to you: You will receive the spirit of Elijah, which will turn your hearts to your spouse, to your children, and to your forebears. You will love your family with a deeper love than you have loved before. You will be endowed with power from on high as the Lord has promised.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 254

Find a Way

I promise you the Lord will bless you in your efforts, for this is His work, and He will guide your prayerful efforts to bring the ordinances and covenants to your ancestors. can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful.

Richard G. Scott, General Conference, Oct. 1990, “Redemption, the Harvest of Love"

Family History Brings Power to the Living

...we may receive a glorious welcome from those whose eyes are turned toward us, who will be full of blessings upon our heads. If you want to have a, to robe immortality about you, and to lie down to sweet rest with a hope, with joy in your heart, do something for your kindred dead, and I promise you that you will take the sting of death out of your hearts. You will fill the ...days of your life with joy and happiness, and you will be building for your eternal joy and happiness.

Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin J. Ballard (by Bryant S. Hinckley)

You’ll Leave the Temple Better Than You Arrived

“You'll leave the temple better than you arrived. I promise.” “...But something will happen to you when you do that (Temple work). I make you a promise that every time you go to the temple, you will leave a better man or woman than you were when you went inside the doors of the temple.”

President Gordon B. Hinckley - From regional conference, St. George, Utah, Nov. 24, 2002

Blessed in All of Our Affairs

"Blessings there will not be limited to our temple service. We will be blessed in all of our affairs” "When members of the Church are troubled or when crucial decisions weigh heavily upon their minds, it is a common thing for them to go to the temple. It is a good place to take our cares. In the temple we can receive spiritual perspective."

Elder Boyd K. Packer - “The Holy Temple,” Ensign, Feb. 1995

Receive Blessings

I think there is no place in the world where I feel closer to the Lord than in one of His holy temples. ...we can continue to receive blessings even after we have returned to our everyday lives. Attending the temple gives us a clearer perspective and a sense of purpose and peace. ...we will be able to bear every trial and overcome each temptation.

President Thomas S. Monson - “Blessings of the Temple”

Armed with Thy Power

That thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them

Doctrine and Covenants 109:22

Your Children Safeguarded

As a consequence of this temple coming to this area, faith will increase, and this area will be blessed. Our families will be protected, and our children safeguarded as we live the gospel, visit the temple, and live close to the Lord.

President Benson (when taking 1st shovel full of sod at San Diego Temple site)

Healing Within our Families

"Promised blessings include healing within our families, protection from temptation, power to overcome life’s challenges...more love, joy, self-mastery, peace, and meaningful moments."

Roots Tech Conference - February 2017

Protected Against the Adversary

Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will increase. Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding. And 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.

Elder David A. Bednar – Oct. 2011 General Conference

Greater Protection From the Adversary

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, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple and stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.

Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Oct. 2012 General Conference

Help Is Given In Both Directions

This work is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil, where help is given in both directions. Anywhere you are in the world, with prayer, faith, determination, diligence, and some sacrifice, you can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful.

Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Oct. 2012 General Conference

A Promise of Protection

ELDER RENLUND: “I extend the promise of protection that has been offered in the past. Brothers and sisters, I promise protection for you and your family as you take this challenge to find as many names to take to the temple as ordinances you perform in the temple and to teach others to do the same. If you accept this challenge, blessings will begin to flow to you and your family like the power of the river spoken of by Ezekiel. And the river will grow as you continue to perform this work and teach others to do the same. You will find not only protection from the temptation and ills of the world, but you will also find personal power—power to change, power to repent, power to learn, power to be sanctified, and power to turn the hearts of your family members to each other and heal that which needs healing.

Roots Tech 2016

Power to the Living

While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living. It has a refining influence on those who are engaged in it. They are literally helping to exalt their families

Russell M. Nelson, “Generations Linked in Love,” Apr. 2010 general conference

Help from the Other Side

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

Enhanced Temple Experience

Any work you do in the temple is time well spent, but receiving ordinances vicariously for one of your own ancestors will make the time in the temple more sacred, and even greater blessings will be received

Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Oct. 2012 General Conference

Greatly Enriched

When members of the Church find the names of their ancestors and take those names to the temple for ordinance work, the temple experience can be greatly enriched.

First Presidency Letter, Oct. 8, 2012

Family History Brings Power to the Living

President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught that “family history work has the power to do something for the dead. It has an equal power to do something to the living. Family history work ... has a refining, spiritualizing, tempering influence on those who are engaged in it."

Boyd K. Packer, “Your Family History: Getting Started,” Ensign, Aug. 2003, p. 17

You And Your Family Can Be Blessed Now

The blessings of family history aren’t reserved for after death. You and your family can be blessed now. Participating in family history can strengthen families much like regular prayer, scripture study, and service do. And it brings with it its own unique promises of assistance from beyond the veil.


Temple Work Is What We Have Been Prepared to Do

Sister Elaine Dalton, former Young Women General President, sums up the youth’s call to action nicely: “This is our day, and temple work is the work that we have been prepared to do. It is a work for every generation. . . . “[The youth] have been reserved for these latter days, and they have a great work to do. And not only do they have a great work to do there, but the temples will also be a refuge for them that will protect them from worldly pressures and influences.”

Elaine S. Dalton - "We Did This for You" - October 2004 General Conference

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