Now, family history work is not easy. For those of you from Scandinavia, Ishare your frustration. For example, on my Swedish line, my grandfather’s name was Nels Monson; his father’s name was not Monson at all but Mons Okeson. Mons’s father’s name was Oke Pederson, and his father’s name was Peter Monson—right back to Monson again.
The Lord expects you and me to perform our family history work well. I think the first thing we must do if we are to perform our work well is to have the Spirit of our Heavenly Father with us. When we live as righteously as we know how to live, He will open the way for the fulfillment of the blessings that so earnestly and diligently we seek.
We are going to make mistakes, but none of us can become an expert infamily history work without first being a novice. Therefore, we must plunge into this work, and we must prepare for some uphill climbing. This is not an easy task, but the Lord has placed it upon you, and He has placed it upon me.
As you pursue family history work, you are going to find yourself running into roadblocks, and you are going to say to yourself, “There is nothing else I can do.” When you come to that point, get down on your knees and ask the Lord to open the way, and He will open the way for you. I testify that this is true.If we are called to a Ward or Stake position in the family history work, the best way to progress in family history work is to follow the council and guidance of the Church handbooks and instructions. The implementation of family history work in the Wards and Stakes is carefully outlined in the handbooks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are the links to the handbooks for each level of the organization:
- Stake President
- High Councilor
- Stake Council
- Ward Council
- High Priest Group Leader
- Ward Family History Consultant
We have not been left without help in our callings. We must move forward and hasten the work, but this can be best accomplished by following the counsel already given to us in the handbooks and other instructions about how the work should move forward. The one best way to advance family history work in the Church is for the leaders to assume their individual responsibilities in this work and help the members answer their prayers for assistance as admonished by President Monson.