Daily Messages

Words for You to Ponder Today


Family history

  • "Through further revelation to Joseph Smith and subsequent prophets, there has come an understanding of and the provision for temple work and the family history effort that supports it. Every prophet since Joseph Smith has emphasized the imperative need to provide all ordinances for ourselves and our deceased ancestors."

    —Richard G. Scott, "The Joy of Redeeming the Dead"
    Topics: Family History

  • "Temple and family history work is not just about us. Think of those on the other side of the veil waiting for the saving ordinances that would free them from the bondage of spirit prison. Prison is defined as “a state of confinement or captivity.” Those in captivity might be asking William Saroyan’s question: “Now what?”"

    —Quentin L. Cook, "Roots and Branches"
    Topics: Family History

  • "My beloved young brothers and sisters, family history is not simply an interesting program or activity sponsored by the Church; rather, it is a vital part of the work of salvation and exaltation. You have been prepared for this day and to build up the kingdom of God. You are here upon the earth now to assist in this glorious work."

    —David A. Bednar, "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn"
    Topics: Family History

  • "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"
    Topics: Family History

  • "We will not be raising the dead as did the Savior, but we can bless the dead by finding their names for temple work. Then we will indeed raise them from their spirit prison and offer them the path of eternal life."

    —Neill F. Marriott, "Sharing Your Light"
    Topics: Family History

  • "Family commitments and expectations should be at the top of our priorities to protect our divine destiny. For those who are looking for more fruitful use of the Sabbath day for the family as a whole, the hastening of this work is fertile ground."

    —Quentin L. Cook, "Roots and Branches"
    Topics: Family History

  • "The doctrine of the family in relation to family history and temple work is clear. … The First Presidency has encouraged members, especially youth and young single adults, to emphasize family history work and ordinances for their own family names or the names of ancestors of their ward and stake members. We need to be connected to both our roots and branches."

    —Quentin L. Cook, "Roots and Branches"
    Topics: Family History

  • "Jesus Christ gave His life as a vicarious atonement. He resolved the ultimate question raised by Job. He overcame death for all mankind, which we could not do for ourselves. We can, however, perform vicarious ordinances and truly become saviors on Mount Zion for our own families in order that we, with them, might be exalted as well as saved."

    —Quentin L. Cook, "Roots and Branches"
    Topics: Family History

  • "While Satan may be attacking sisters at earlier ages, the Lord is lifting sisters to higher and higher levels of spirituality. For example, young women are teaching their mothers how to use FamilySearch to find and save ancestors. Some young sisters that I know are choosing to go early in the morning to perform proxy baptisms in temples without any urging beyond the spirit of Elijah."

    —Henry B. Eyring, "Daughters in the Covenant"
    Topics: Family History

  • "It would be a wonderful thing if every Latter-day Saint knew the conversion stories of their forefathers. Whether or not you are a descendant of pioneers, the Mormon pioneer heritage of faith and sacrifice is your heritage. It is the noble heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

    —William R. Walker, "Live True to the Faith"
    Topics: Family History