Simple Steps to Find Powerful Spiritual Protection
What requires the use of a computer and the Internet but costs less than unlimited texting, blesses more people than a Facebook posting, and offers more protection than a case for your smartphone?
If you said participating in family history, you’d be correct.
“It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies,” says Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation” (“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 26).
So what blessings are in store for young people who make time to search for their own family names and prepare them for temple ordinances? One of the greatest blessings, according to Elder Bednar, is protection “against the intensifying influence of the adversary” (“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” 27).
Recently, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also said in regards to participating in family history and temple work: “I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life” (“The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 94).
In addition, Elder Scott and Elder Bednar have promised the following blessings:
- Your conversion to the Savior will become deeper.
- You will receive light and knowledge through the Holy Ghost.
- Your testimony will be strengthened.
- Your patriarchal blessing will become more meaningful.
- Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will grow.
- You will have greater opportunities to serve.
- Your service in the temple will become more sacred.
“Have you prayed about your own ancestors?” asks Elder Scott. “Set aside those things in your life that don’t really matter. Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences” (Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 95).