“The artificial boundary line we so often place between missionary work and temple and family history work is being erased; this is one great work of salvation.” —Elder David A. BednarParaphrasing what one full-time mission president said to me, we don't want our missionaries doing family history and I am in complete agreement. But as members and particularly as Temple and Family History Consultants we can provide the support and expertise to assist the missionaries by following the suggestions given in this blog post by Kathryn Grant. Quoting one point specifically:
Work closely with the ward mission leader and the full-time missionaries. President Russell M. Nelson said that if he were a missionary today, one of his best friends would be the ward the temple and family history consultant.This is not a work that the full-time missionaries can do on their own. They need to follow the direction of their mission president, but we can help when we see investigators and new members coming into our Wards and Branches.
- Let missionaries know you’re available to help investigators and new members with family history.
- Talk with missionaries about how they can use family history and temple work to share the gospel.
- Help the missionaries with their own family history, teach them how to use the six principles for helping others, and then help them to teach someone else.