On Friday I had a pretty special opportunity to share some of my excitement about family history. Elder Rice and I got up early in the morning and made the drive down to Zagreb where we spent the day at the young single adult conference that was going on. There were young single adults from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and I was asked to give a presentation on why family history is important for young people and how people can get started with their family history. It went so well! We talked about the different reasons why each member of the church needs to be involved in this important work and then I showed them how to get started. We filled out pedigree charts, created familysearch.org accounts, and had an all-around great time. In honor of Elder Scott, I’ll share one of his quotes on family history (a quote I used in my presentation). It is honestly one of the most amazing promises I’ve heard from a general authority before.
“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple and stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.” – Elder Scott
29 And we have entered into their houses and taught them, and we have taught them in their streets; yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we have also entered into their temples and their synagogues and taught them; and we have been cast out, and mocked, and spit upon, and smote upon our cheeks; and we have been stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and cast into prison; and through the power and wisdom of God we have been delivered again.
30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.