2018 RootsTech Family Discovery Day

  • March 3, 2018
Date
March 3, 2018
Location
Salt Lake City, Utah and Online
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President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency and his wife, Sister Kristen M. Oaks, will be the keynote speakers at Family Discovery Day at 1:00 p.m. MST on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Additional guests are Hank Smith, Jason Hewlett, Evie Clair, Kenya Clark, and Alex Melecio.

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  • Watch President Oaks’s message live on the home page of LDS.org.

Are you passionate about family stories? Do you have an interest in learning how to discover your roots? If so, Family Discovery Day 2018 on March 3, 2018, is for you, and you can attend or watch live from anywhere in the world.

RootsTech Family Discovery Day is a 1-day free event designed to help LDS individuals and families discover and celebrate their family heritage—past, present, and future. Family Discovery Day, which originates at the RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be streamed online in English. Members of the Church around the world are invited to participate.

Here’s what you can expect this year:

General Authority speakers

President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency, and his wife, Sister Kristen M. Oaks, will be the featured speakers at Family Discovery Day.

The Family Discovery Day general session with President and Sister Oaks will begin at 1:00 p.m. mountain standard time on March 3, 2018, and will be streamed live on the home page of LDS.org.

President and Sister Oaks will be sharing family history insight and experiences that will bring your family closer together, help you make new connections, and highlight the importance of family history and temple work.

President Dallin H. Oaks and Sister Kristen M. Oaks

Other special guests

Family Discovery Day will also feature popular LDS speakers including BYU religion professor Hank Smith, America’s Got Talent finalist Evie Clair, popular singer Kenya Clark, and prominent Latin American artist, Alex Melecio. See streaming schedule below for times.

Leadership session

All temple and family history consultants are invited to participate in a live stream broadcast on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Elder Quentin L. Cook and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak. High priests group leaders, high councilors with temple and family history responsibilities, and any other interested leaders are also welcome to participate. These same individuals are also encouraged to watch the opening session of Family Discovery Day on Saturday, March 3, with President Dallin H. Oaks and Sister Kristen M. Oaks.

In addition to the leadership session, the following one-hour sessions will be streamed live on the family history page of LDS.org

Streaming schedule

DATE AND TIME

SESSION AND SPEAKERS

Thursday, March 1
7:00 p.m.
 

LEADERSHIP SESSION
Elder Quentin L. Cook and Elder Dale G. Renlund
 

Saturday, March 3
11:00 a.m.
 

FAMILY HISTORY FUN: CONNECT. BELONG.
Hank Smith and Jason Hewlett

Saturday, March 3
1:00 p.m.
 

FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY GENERAL SESSION
President Dallin H. Oaks and Sister Kristen M. Oaks
(This event will also be streamed on the LDS.org home page.)

Saturday, March 3
2:30 p.m.
 

MUSIC: A BRIDGE ACROSS GENERATIONS
Evie Clair, Kenya Clark, Alex Melecio

Available on-demand

If you can’t watch the live sessions on March 1 or March 3, videos of the messages from Family Discovery Day will also be archived at lds.org/discoverfamily and rootstech.org/watch-past-sessions for later viewing.

Sessions of Family Discovery Day will be streamed live on the home page of LDS.org.

Attending Family Discovery Day in-Person

More than 15,000 adults and children attended the free event in 2017. Tickets will be limited in 2018 for this increasingly popular event. Individuals and families interested in attending the live event Saturday, March 3, in Salt Lake City should register as quickly as possible online at RootsTech.org.

Luz de Las Naciones

 

The RootsTech closing event, My Family. Mi Herencia. Featuring Luz de Las Naciones, happens on March 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Center on Temple Square.

This is a free, non-ticketed event. All interested persons are invited to attend.

This production celebrates cultures and stories from Latin America and features over 1,000 people in the cast, including a youth and young adult choir, musicians, storytellers, and dance groups.

The event will be multilingual and easily understood and enjoyed regardless of language.

Watch the live stream on lds.org/latino2018 in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Dancers perform during the Luz de las Naciones event December 17, 2016, in the Conference Center.

If you have a family history calling, take advantage of specialized training in Salt Lake City built to help you learn how to organize family history efforts, work with youth consultants, and take advantage of new tools and techniques. You’ll leave with tips and tricks to help individuals discover and connect their families. Register to attend here.

Individuals and families interested in attending the live event March 3 in Salt Lake City should register as quickly as possible online at RootsTech.org.

Individuals and families interested in attending the live event March 3 in Salt Lake City should register as quickly as possible online at RootsTech.org.

RootsTech

To learn more about attending the RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, February 28–March 3, visit rootstech.org.