Leader Resources

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, October 8, 2012


Consider the following resources in supporting members in their divinely appointed responsibility to provide the work of salvation to their ancestors. 

Learn and Teach the Doctrine

The First Presidency said, “Priesthood leaders should assure that young people and their families learn the doctrine of turning their hearts to their fathers and the blessings of temple attendance” (“Names for Temple Ordinances,” First Presidency letter, October 8, 2012).

Member Story: Springfield Illinois Stake



Member Story: Redeeming the Dead Redeemed Me


The following resources are provided to help support leaders in those efforts:


Organize the Work

Ward and stake leaders working through their councils determine how to best involve temple and family history work in their efforts to meets the spiritual and temporal needs of the members.

To Turn the Hearts is a leader resource guide provided as a supplement to Handbook 2: Administering the Church to help priesthood leaders support members in their responsibilities to seek after their dead and provide them the saving ordinances in the temple. It includes supplemental videos (see below) that document how the Springfield Illinois Stake used temple and family history work to strengthen individuals and families.






Support the Youth

The youth of the Church have a special opportunity to contribute to temple and family history work and therein experience the blessings and spirit that come from turning their hearts towards their fathers. Elder David A. Bednar said:

“I invite the young people of the Church to learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah. I encourage you to study, to search out your ancestors, and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead (see D&C 124:28–36). And I urge you to help other people identify their family histories.

“As you respond in faith to this invitation, … 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” (“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” October 2011 general conference).

Ward and stake leaders can play an important role in helping youth act on this invitation and secure the blessings promised to them.

Member Story: Springfield Illinois Stake