“The work of gathering Heavenly Father’s family is not just for young people, and it is not just for grandparents. It is for everyone. We are all gatherers.”
(Henry B. Eyring, "Gathering the Family of God," Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 22)
As a leader in the Church, the demands on your time are numerous, and there is never enough time to do all that is expected of you. You are also often expected to be the example in all things—even when you may not have any prior experience.
As you desire to better understand the divinely appointed responsibility of enabling the salvation of the dead by performing vicarious ordinances, consider meeting with a temple and family history consultant.
A temple and family history consultant can help you have a personalized family history experience. Personalized family history experiences are meant to be short and help you to have an experience that applies to you and your family as you seek the blessings offered to those who engage in this holy work. After you have had this experience, invite your council to have a similar experience.
This video will help you learn more about the promised blessings of family history.
When you have experienced the joy of finding ancestors and performing their temple ordinances, you will become a powerful witness of how the spirit of Elijah can bless lives. You may find that family history can help with the problems facing those you serve. These stories show how family history helped others overcome problems they are facing.
As you prayerfully select temple and family history consultants for your unit, consider the counsel of Elder D. Todd Christofferson when he said, “If I were a bishop again, my approach would be to charge the [elders quorum president] with the responsibility to lead out in the ward council on this subject. I would ensure that we had one or more … family history consultants who were ‘people persons’ who could work under his direction” (D. Todd Christofferson, Religious Educator, vol. 6, no. 2 , 10–11).
Invite those you call to begin their service by:
- Prayerfully studying the words of the prophets
- Visiting www.familysearch.org/calling
These two resources will help them to understand the importance of their calling, gain access to tools and resources they will need to help others, and invite them to begin their service by having a personalized family history experience for themselves. When they are ready to start helping others, consider having them help each member of your council.