Sunday in Relief Society I taught a lesson from Elder Dale G. Renlund’s talk, Family History and Temple Work: Sealing and Healing. He gave it during General Conference in May, 2018.
He mentioned several blessings that we might have asked for sometime in our lives:
- Increased understanding of the Savior and His atoning sacrifice;
- Increased influence of the Holy Ghost7 to feel strength and direction for our own lives;
- Increased faith, so that conversion to the Savior becomes deep and abiding;
- Increased ability and motivation to learn and repent8 because of an understanding of who we are, where we come from, and a clearer vision of where we are going;
- Increased refining, sanctifying, and moderating influences in our hearts;
- Increased joy through an increased ability to feel the love of the Lord;
- Increased family blessings, no matter our current, past, or future family situation or how imperfect our family tree may be;
- Increased love and appreciation for ancestors and living relatives, so we no longer feel alone;
- Increased power to discern that which needs healing and thus, with the Lord’s help, serve others;
- Increased protection from temptations and the intensifying influence of the adversary; and
- Increased assistance to mend troubled, broken, or anxious hearts and make the wounded whole.9
He then said “If you have prayed for any of these blessings, participate in family history and temple work. As you do so, your prayers will be answered. When ordinances are performed on behalf of the deceased, God’s children on earth are healed. No wonder President Russell M. Nelson, in his first message as President of the Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints], declared, “Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path.”10″
As I studied the lesson, I was amazed at how often, and in how many different ways, he brought up the healing aspects of searching out our ancestors and working to link our families together. He also profoundly pointed out that, “When God directs us to do one thing, He often has many purposes in mind.” (emphasis added)
The class discussed many options that are available to us these days to help us work on family history – genealogy, seek out our ancestors, compile family histories and photos, Family History libraries, FamilySearch.org, family history consultants, Indexing, Ancestry.com to name a few.
This is exciting work and becomes even more so when you consider the blessings that are awaiting you to help in your current situation! (take a quick gander at the bulleted list above!)
What have you done to find your ancestors? What blessings were yours as you did so?
What can you start doing to obtain these wonderful, healing, blessings? 🙂