One important aspect of becoming involved in family history is that it is an activity that raises our spiritual awareness. Researching our origins helps us sort out what is really important in our lives though an appreciation of the challenges and difficulties experienced by our ancestors. In our efforts to uncover the past, we can more fully understand the present.
I have often wondered why so many people can accept dead prophets and reject living ones. Modern-day prophets and apostles have continually taught the need for Church members to enable the salvation of the dead by performing temple and family history work on behalf of deceased ancestors. See "Family History Work Vital, Prophets and Apostles Say." If family history work is vital, (which it is), why is there not a greater acceptance of it generally and in the church?