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Make Temple Worship Meaningful: Family Name Card Trick

To be honest, I used to avoid family history...🫠 I grew up thinking it was more of a hobby for older people.

My ancestors joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe and eventually trekked across the United States, settling in Utah.

I felt that most of my family’s temple work had already been done, so there wasn’t much for me to do.

Later on, my younger sister decided to earn a degree in family history at BYU and now she works for FamilySearch.

Her choices brought a sense of relief to me -- she could “take care of” our family history and I could continue to coast doing nothing...

But as I’ve become more intentional in my temple worship and made sacrifices to travel to the temple, my view of family history is changing.

My sister has shown me how I can find ancestors’ temple ordinances online that are ready to be performed (so easy!. And this month, she shared a trick to make it meaningful:

✨Write a few of the person’s life details on the back of the ordinance card and think about them and their life during your time in the temple✨

I did this for Susan Juanita Smith McBrayer. I wrote down the family line we’re connected through, when and where she was born and died, her parents’ names, the number of siblings she had and how she fit into that, and her spouse and child’s names.

I don’t know if Susan chose to accept the ordinances I performed on her behalf. But I prayed that she would know how grateful I was for my own temple covenants, and that she would choose to accept them.

How have you made doing temple work for your ancestors meaningful?🤍🌿


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