Perhaps you’ve heard the promises associated with family history work. Elder Richard G. Scott promised: “Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors [and] prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple…. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.” Elder David A. Bednar has declared: “Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding. And I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary.”
And what about the promises associated with keeping the Sabbath day holy? President Russell M. Nelson encouraged: “The Sabbath provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family ties.” And in a worldwide training on Sabbath day observance, President Nelson promised: “As we learn better how to hallow the Sabbath day, faith will increase across the world.”
Who among us doesn’t want those blessings, for ourselves and our families? We could all use more strength against the adversary, deeper conversion to the Savior, stronger family ties, and increased faith. So why not combine the power of these promises into one great endeavor by participating in family history work as part of your Sabbath day observance?
If family history work conjures up feelings of fear, guilt, and inadequacy—even though you know you should become involved—you’re not alone. Sister Sheri Dew and Sister Rosemary M. Wixom know the feeling. At a recent RootsTech conference, they both admitted to sharing these concerns in the past. But the good news is that family history doesn’t have to be scary, guilt-ridden, or complex.
As Sister Wixom pointed out, our family history work can begin by simply gathering our family together on a Sunday afternoon to share cherished stories from the past. And as we gain confidence in our ability to participate in family history work, the Sabbath day can be the perfect opportunity to delve a little deeper into our family tree, with the help of FamilySearch, to prepare names to take to the temple.
If you want to claim the power in these promises, the Sabbath day is the perfect time to participate in family history work and see the blessings flow.