Hope for a Better World
It can be easy to get caught up in feelings of hopelessness when we look at some of the challenges and temptations that we’re up against in this world. But the Lord doesn’t want us to lose hope or get discouraged. He has provided many tools to help us maintain a positive outlook on life and an optimistic eye on eternity. A powerful tool the Lord has provided to keep us spiritually strong and help us avoid temptation is family history and temple work.
Strength and Protection for the Youth
Today’s youth are in need of an added measure of protection and blessings to help them face the unique challenges confronting their generation. In the following video, Elder Andersen specifically challenges the youth to get involved in family history and promises them special blessings.
The empowering blessings promised by modern prophets and apostles for engaging in family history and temple work are timely, relevant and applicable to everyone:
- Elder Richard G. Scott promised protection from and strength to resist the adversary’s temptations—even the ability to “eliminate” his influence. He also promised an enriched temple experience when performing family ordinances. (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” General Conference, Oct. 2012).
- President Boyd K. Packer promised that we could personally experience the Spirit of Elijah (Malachi 4:6), which can have a refining, spiritualizing, and tempering influence in our lives. In his book The Holy Temple, he promised that not only can we have added strength and power to do family history work, but that we can be blessed with added strength and power in “all the affairs of life.” (Boyd K. Packer, “Your Family History: Getting Started,” Ensign, Aug. 2003).
- Elder David A. Bednar promised that we could gain a “deep and abiding” testimony of Jesus Christ (Elder David A. Bednar, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” General Conference, Oct. 2011).
- More recently, Elder Renlund promised individuals dynamic power to move the Lord’s work forward by combining family history work with temple work vs. doing one or the other alone.
How It Works
Family history and temple work open the door to heaven’s help, crowd out the adversary’s influence, and allow modern technology to be used in the way Heavenly Father intended. Bring these blessings into your own life and the life of your family by beginning your search for family names. Visit FamilySearch today.