Members of the Latter-day Saints put the family at the forefront of their lives. Nothing can be more important for them but the family who’s there through thick and thin, and until eternity. The Latter-day Saints, sometimes referred to as Mormons, believe that families last forever, and that connections with family members are irreplaceable. A family is composed not just of members who are still living, but also of people who were all part of one’s full ancestry like the grandparents, forefathers, predecessors and those gone before us. Family history is a great way to connect with all generations of our family.
Why is family history work so important to Latter-day Saints?
One’s own personal identity is best gained by knowing who you are, where you came from and how you came into existence. Family history gives you true identity, and learning it is advantageous and beneficial in many ways. For many people, researching their family history gives them strength as they get to know how their ancestors overcame challenges during difficult times. Getting to know family members who form part of your family tree makes the bonds that tie different generations much stronger. Sharing family stories with your parents and siblings is a way to spending quality time together towards achieving closeness among members of the family. Many Latter-day Saints write personal journals, record momentous events and keep family records so their children and grandchildren can appreciate and know them better.
What is the relationship between family history and temples?
Learning about our family history makes our love and attachment for our ancestors go beyond this finite life. And as such, we want this bond to be blessed by the Church. Temples are great places for families to be united together till eternity; the reason why members take the names of their ancestors to the temple for them to be sealed together as families across generations.
Why is this important?
God’s love goes beyond boundaries, and He wants all His children to be with Him after their lives here on earth. In order for a person to be with God after his earthly life, he should complete certain ordinances like being baptized and having able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. But not all God’s children are fortunate to have these saving graces while they were still alive, so temples serve as venues for them to complete the said ordinances.
A person’s death doesn’t mean the end of his existence. We are created with spirits, and we continue to live in the next life. Just like our spirits, the gospel of Jesus Christ never dies and we are bounded by its preaching despite being out of earth’s confines. God’s children who desire to have these ordinances such as baptism can still have them through temples created by members of God’s Church.
Temples were ordered by God to be built, and his faithful children have complied. Temples become places where willing members who have passed through this life can complete the ordinances. Doing so makes them a part of the family forever.
How can I make my own family tree?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns one of the largest family history libraries in the world consisting of more than a billion records. Many of these records are available online, and anyone can search for his family history at FamilySearch.org. Create your own free family tree at FamilySearch.org, and get to learn more about the relations, importance and relevance between temples and families.
Volunteering knows no age
Twelve years-old Cael Yoshiki B. Hatada is the youngest volunteer of the Family Search booth in this year’s Session Road in Bloom Panagbenga 2019 in Baguio City.
Wearing his Family History shirt the Deacon came with his friend and immediately started to share about the booth, the importance of doing Family History and the Book of Mormon.
All throughout his stay at the booth the young man can be seen on his feet ready to talk to anyone who would listen to what he has to say. From friends to classmates, strangers, young and old he was ready to to share about the joys of Family History work, the truth about the Book of Mormon.
When asked if he was tired his response was simply, “No, I am excited because I was able to help them trace their roots and find their family since family is very important to me”
His fellow volunteers were all in awe of this young man and his eagerness to talk to people and share what he knows about family history with a smile on his face.
Older brother Zeph Kentero who is fifteen years old was also present volunteering for the cause.
The Panagbenga festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras. It is the annual flower festival of the City of Pine usually celebrated on the month of February. Panagbenga which means the “season of blooming” comes from the Kankana-ey dialect. ◼︎