When and How to Do
Family History
and Temple Work



Members of this church have many individual circumstances - age, health, education, and many others. If we encourage members in this work without taking these individual circumstances into account, we may do more to impose guilt than to further the work.

[For instance,] in the work of redeeming the dead there are many tasks to be performed. . . All members should participate by prayerfully selecting those ways that fit their personal circumstances at a particular time. . . Our effort is not to compel everyone to do everything, but to encourage everyone to do something.

Leaders should encourage members to determine, according to the promptings of the Spirit, what temple and family history work they can do "in wisdom and order;" consistent with their own “strength and means.”

There are many different things our members can do to help in temple and family history work. All are expressions of devotion and discipleship. All present opportunities for sacrifice and service.

- by Elder Dallin H. Oaks
[source unknown]

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