Ideas to Help Me Learn
Search the scriptures
Study the scriptures listed in this outline. Which scriptures would you use to teach someone why we do ordinance work for the dead? Think of a family member, friend, or neighbor with whom you could share what you learned.
The hearts shall turn
Watch or read Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn.” Write down things from his talk that are meaningful to you. What do you feel inspired to do in response to his invitation to “learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah”? You might consider meeting with a grandparent to talk about family stories or reading an ancestor’s journal.
Family history blessings
Watch or read Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” and make a list of the blessings Elder Scott mentions that come from doing work for the dead. What blessings have you received? Talk with several people who have participated in family history work about the blessings that come from it, and add blessings they mention to your list. As you participate in family history work, record in your journal the experiences you have in which you receive these blessings.
Youth and Family History website
Explore the “Youth and Family History” website. Using what you learn, find out all you can about one of your ancestors. If this ancestor has not been baptized, follow the instructions on the website to prepare his or her name for temple ordinances. If possible, go to the temple to be baptized and confirmed for this person, and invite a family member or ward member who has been endowed to receive the other ordinances in his or her behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:29 (Saints in ancient times performed baptisms for the dead)
D&C 110:14–16 (Elijah restored the sealing power)
D&C 128:16–18 (Ordinances for the dead create a welding link between generations)
David A. Bednar, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 24–27
Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 93–95
Website: “Youth and Family History”