The Joy of Family History Work

Elder Quentin L. Cook
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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“Our Father’s plan is about families, symbolized by a great tree. For a tree to live and grow, it needs both roots and branches. We likewise need to be connected to our roots … as well as to our branches” (see Isaiah 11:1; Jacob 5).


  1. Find your ancestors by using the FamilySearch website or the My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together booklet.
  2. Take these names to the temple or share them with others.
  3. Teach your family and others to do the same.

Getting Started

Hold a family tree gathering.

  • Make it recurring.
  • Share family histories, stories, and photos.
  • Use the My Family booklet and upload them to Family Tree on
  • This a fruitful way to observe the Sabbath day.

Help youth develop a love for this work.

  • Young people are excited to learn about the lives of family members.
  • Their technological expertise helps them have easy access to preserve memories in Family Tree.
  • They can find family members who need temple ordinances.

Family History Centers

The center of family history work is the home, but the Church will continue to provide family history centers.

Our Obligation to Our Ancestors

“Every soul, living or dead, who is accountable for his or her actions needs the blessing of sacred temple ordinances, and we can help our family members receive them. … There can be no more important, fulfilling, or glorious work.”

“It is about having a broken heart and a contrite spirit and a commitment to the Savior.”

An Apostle Promises

“As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I promise that if you look beyond the bonds of time and mortality and help those who cannot help themselves, you will be blessed with more closeness and joy in your family and with the divine protection afforded those who are faithful in His service.”

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