Family history—and the temple ordinances enabled by it—are an essential part of the work of salvation. Participating in this sacred work for the dead blesses the lives of the living. It strengthens our faith and commitment to the gospel, helps us resist temptation, and draws families closer together.
I challenge families to hold recurring “Family Tree Gatherings.” Bring family histories, stories, and photos, including cherished possessions of grandparents and parents. For those who are looking for more fruitful ways to observe the Sabbath day as a family, this sacred work is fertile ground.
Regardless of whether you are a single member, whether your spouse is less active, or whether you yourself are less active, you too can assist in the salvation of souls.
If you look beyond the bonds of time and mortality and help those who cannot help themselves, you will be blessed with more closeness and joy in your family and with the divine protections afforded those who are faithful in His service.