Role and Responsibilities
The purpose of a family history center is to help members qualify their ancestors for temple ordinances. A family history center director works with priesthood leaders and the Family History Department to create a gathering place for members and community visitors to enrich their family history experience through resources, classes and activities, and one-on-one assistance. Effective centers find a way to draw in those who are not initially interested in family history.
Why We Have Family History Centers
The primary purpose of a family history center is to help members fulfill their divinely appointed responsibility to qualify their ancestors for temple ordinances. However, centers can also assist priesthood leaders in the work of salvation by providing experiences that help individuals feel the Spirit. These experiences can strengthen new converts, reactivate members, and interest investigators. Community patrons are also welcome to use the resources available at centers. Family history centers provide members and community patrons access to:
- Family history resources.
- Classes and workshops.
- One-on-one assistance.
The following materials are available to help you serve:
- Plan for Family History Centers (Open House 2011): View a presentation given at the 2011 open house in Salt Lake City by Norm Albiston about the purpose and plan for centers.
- Keeping Your Center Relevant in a Changing World (Open House 2012): View a presentation given at the October 2012 open house in Salt Lake City by Norm Albiston about how centers can remain relevant in a changing world.
- Member and Leader Services (MLS) User Guide: Instructions on using MLS for large FamilySearch libraries that have their own Church Unit Checking Account.