Every family has problems. Every family has pain. Sometimes the problems and pain grow so big that nobody knows what to do with them, or how to repair damage done. That’s my family—and maybe it’s yours too.
Each person in my family carries an undercurrent of pain that we don’t quite know what to do with. For years I’ve prayed (I admit, passively) and wondered how the Lord might be able to help us. I’ve struggled with feelings of helplessness and wondered what I could possibly do to promote healing in my family.
That’s why Elder Renlund’s concluding remarks at the 2016 Family Discovery Day event caught my attention. He promised that through our personal efforts to find our ancestors and do their ordinance work in the temple, that we can receive power to turn the hearts of our families together and “heal that which needs healing.” For me, his words stirred feelings of hope and empowerment.
I don’t know how this promise works, but I’ve learned that the Lord’s promises are a lot like electricity, cars, and cell phones—you don’t have to understand how they work to use them. I also know that spiritually I’m a child, and I have a lot to learn about the reasoning behind my Heavenly Father’s directions. Thankfully, I have a testimony of the concept of moving forward with simple faith.
Elder Renlund’s words felt like a personal invitation. They pricked my heart and my mind. I knew as soon as I heard them that the Lord was using him to show me the door I needed to walk through to activate the blessings I hope for.
Since the time I heard Elder Renlund’s words, I’ve found that he’s not a lone voice promising incredible blessings. I was surprised, even thrilled, to discover that modern Apostles are promising the Saints protection from temptation, deeper conversion, eternal perspective, joy in life, closeness to ancestors, healing, and much more—all for engaging in the Lord’s work of finding family names and taking them to the temple.
Around the time I heard Elder Renlund’s words, my brother-in-law, who does not live near a temple, provided my family with a large stack of family names in need of temple ordinances. I felt inspired to begin looking for names on my side of the family, especially if it will make my temple experiences more meaningful.
I believe that the Lord wants my family to heal as much as I do. I’m sure He wants to help my family overcome the pain and challenges that often feel insurmountable to us. I’ve found hope in the comforting words of His Apostles, and I’m finding myself looking forward to earning His promised blessings.