Sometimes feeling more spiritual power in our lives takes participating in just the right combination of spiritual activities. We’ve been taught that spiritual blessings come from temple attendance, and many of us have grown to love being in the house of the Lord because we’ve learned firsthand how the temple can enrich our earthly experience and bring us closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Another activity that can be very spiritually uplifting is family history. Those of us who have caught the spirit of Elijah could easily spend hours digging around in family history, unearthing fascinating stories about ancestors, getting lost online while studying family trees, fan charts, old photographs, records, and journals—all the while wondering what the lives of these progenitors were like and what commonalities they might share with us.
Family history gives us a feeling of belonging and has a way of helping us feel the ground beneath our feet and our special place in eternity all at the same time. But real spiritual dynamite is created when we combine our love of the temple with our love of family history work.
The Prophet Joseph Smith once told the Saints: “The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our dead.” Elder Bednar described the temple’s connection with this responsibility when he said: “Enabling the exaltation of the living and the dead is the Lord’s purpose for building temples and performing vicarious ordinances” (Ensign, Oct. 2014, 30-35)
The spiritual power that will come into our lives when we find family names and take those names to the temple can be identified as a profound love that can permeate all aspects of our lives. It can cleanse us and strengthen us while it simultaneously frees and exalts our ancestors. “For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation” (see D&C 128:15).
If your current love is temple work, combine it with family history or vice versa. A stronger testimony, more divine love, and an increase in spiritual power is awaiting you. Go ahead; take your blessings to the next level.
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Read and watch Elder Renlund's full talk here.