“Sharing Eternal Happiness,” Ensign, August 2016, 6
One of the best things about the gospel is the knowledge of the plan of salvation. We have the awesome opportunity to be with our family for eternity. That knowledge helps us to have hope whenever we feel overwhelmed by the world. President Eyring teaches, “Our loving Heavenly Father knows our hearts. His purpose is to give us happiness (see 2 Nephi 2:25). And so He gave the gift of His Son to make possible the joy of family bonds that continue forever. … It is an offer that every child of God who comes into the world may claim.”
That blessing applies to those of us living right now and to those who have passed on—but only through our help. Our ancestors are in the spirit world right now, waiting for us to prepare their names for the temple ordinances to be performed on their behalf. But sometimes it can be hard to do the work for them. We may be too busy, or we may live too far away from a temple to go very often.
Fortunately, there are other ways we can help our ancestors, like doing family history work, indexing, or babysitting for our parents while they go to the temple. By helping, we serve the Lord and bring the hope of eternal families to those on the other side of the veil.