New Tools Help Members Prepare Family Names


In a letter dated October 8, 2012, the First Presidency invited members—youth and young single adults in particular—to receive the full blessings of the temple by preparing their own family names to take to the temple.

Furthermore, those with “large numbers of family names reserved [are encouraged] to release these names in a timely manner so the necessary ordinances can be performed.”

To help members respond to the First Presidency’s call, the Church is developing new resources and experiences, which can be found in 10 languages at familysearch.org.

A recent upgrade to new.familysearch.org called Family Tree, for instance, provides an enhanced approach to family history work by letting users (1) connect and collaborate on shared family lines, (2) edit and delete incorrect data, and (3) easily submit names of ancestors for temple ordinances. Users can also find videos on “Assigning Names to the Temple” and other training at familysearch.org/treetraining.