Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Links to FamilySearch Resources for learning how to do genealogy

The website has some instructions for those who are just getting started in doing family research. These pages are designed to help people who are logging into the website for the first time but will also help those who have questions about what kinds of activities are appropriate for different skill levels. If you have a moderate skill level, you may wish to click on the main menu bar that includes options to "Get Involved."

Exploring these options gives those who are looking for ways to help such as helping to correct the index for the 1950 U.S. Federal Census Project. 

If you need help with finding your ancestors and relatives in a specific state, there are links to getting started in the Research Wiki. 

You just need to choose a place to start. See

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The 1950 U.S. Census Project with Ancestry and FamilySearch

Over the past few years, has developed a sophisticated program to use handwriting recognition to index the 1950 U. S. Federal Census. As soon as the 1950 Census was released, Ancestry made the digital images available on its website. has made the images available to where volunteers are now involved in checking the accuracy of the handwriting recognition. The link above provides a way for you to volunteer to help check the recognized records. You can choose to review families, Review the document headers or to review names. 

Here is an example of one of the review names items.

There are tutorials and Frequently Asked Questions to help you get started. 

Monday, April 4, 2022

Seventeen New Temples

In his concluding remarks at the April 2022 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build 17 new temples throughout the world. They will be constructed in the following locations:

  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Maceió, Brazil
  • Santos, Brazil
  • San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • Mexico City Benemérito, Mexico
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Missoula, Montana
  • Montpelier, Idaho
  • Modesto, California

Although some of these temples are in areas where other temples now exist, some of the locations are remote such as Cuzco, Peru. It takes 19 hours by car to drive from Cuzco to Lima and around 10 hours to drive to Arequipa and that is assuming you have a car and can drive that far. Public transportation is not readily available. Likewise, although there are now 14 temples already in Brazil either in use, under construction, or announced, the temple announced in Maceió, Brazil it is four hours by car and over five hours by bus from Recife, the next closest temple. The newly announced temple in Montpelier, Idaho will be about an hour and a half away from the closest temple in Logan until the Smithfield temple is completed. 

All of these temples will be a great blessing to the members who live near them. 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Elder Gerrit W. Gong: ‘We Each Have a Story’

“We each have a story. As we discover our story, we connect, we belong, we become.”

The total number of individuals who have lived on the earth is finite and countable, one person at a time. “You and I, we each matter.”    

“By birth or adoptive lineage, we are ultimately all connected in the human family and family of God.”

Connecting with our ancestors can change lives. “From their trials and accomplishments, we gain faith and strength. From their love and sacrifices, we learn to forgive and move forward.” 

“Each of our stories is a journey still in progress, as we discover, create and become with possibilities beyond imagination.”

How can we connect?

First, see yourself in both generational directions — child, grandchild, great-grandchild, then parent, aunt or uncle, grandparent, great-grandparent. “In each time and role, notice who is with you. Gather their photos and stories; make memories real.”

“Second, let the adventure of family history be intentional and spontaneous.”

Third, visit

Fourth, help unite families eternally.

“We each have a story. Come discover yours. Come find your voice, your song, your harmony in Him.”

It has been a year since I published anything on this blog. I feel like I am coming out of a long tunnel, and I need to extend my reach as a Church Service Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints once again. I think it is time once again to be heard from this aspect of my life (even if this blog is still banned from Facebook). 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

First Presidency announces Salt Lake Temple changes


Quoting from a Church News article entitled, "First Presidency announces Salt Lake Temple changes — increasing capacity, impacting live sessions; Manti temple next for renovation." dated 12 March 2021, 

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday morning modifications to the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, as well as a planned upgrade of the Manti Utah Temple.

The modifications for the Salt Lake Temple include adding a second baptistry and additional instruction and sealing rooms — increasing capacity for the sacred building which was originally dedicated in 1893. The temple cafeteria will be discontinued.

The Manti temple will join the Salt Lake Temple and the St. George Utah Temple as the third pioneer-era temple dating back to the late 19th century to undergo renovations. Plans and a starting date for the renovation will be announced later this year. 

The modifications to the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple are further explained as follows:

While seismic protection is the primary reason for the renovation, the Church also is taking the opportunity to make other improvements and changes, according to leaders.

Recent modifications include the addition of two instruction rooms, more sealing ordinance rooms and a second baptistry, which allow for greater capacity and more temple ordinances being performed; leaders anticipate with the changes the temple will be able to accommodate more than double the usual number of patrons.

When the renovation is completed, the temple will have a total of five instruction rooms, each with a capacity for 150 people. Four instruction rooms will be located on the temple’s first floor, with the fifth on the second floor.

The addition of 10 new sealing rooms brings the total number to 23, with varying capacities of up to 75 individuals.

We haven't been up to Salt Lake City for a while due to the pandemic but we are really interested in seeing the new changes to the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple once the open house is announced.  

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ condemn ‘violence and lawless behavior’


Quoting from the Deseret News article of January 15, 2021:

The two senior leadership bodies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake City, issued the following statement on Friday afternoon.

Here is the full statement from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who direct the affairs of the global, 16.5-million member church:

“Principles of government that allow God’s children to maintain human dignity and freedom belong to all mankind (see Doctrine and Covenants 98:5).

“With great concern we observe the political and cultural divisions in the United States and around the world. We condemn violence and lawless behavior, including the recent violence in Washington, D.C., and any suggestion of further violence. While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in matters of party politics, we remind our members — whatever their individual political views — to be united in our commitment to the Savior, Jesus Christ, and His teachings. As His followers, we should treat one another and all of God’s children with respect, dignity and love. No political or other affiliation should supersede that covenant and sacred responsibility.

“We urge all people to remember the precious and fragile nature of freedom and peace. As citizens of the United States look ahead to the inauguration of a new president, we urge our members to honor democratic institutions and processes, and to obey, honor and sustain the law (see Articles of Faith 1:12).”

I found it interesting to see the comments on the published account. The comments included those agreeing with the statement and those who claimed that there was no problem or that the statement should have been made at some other time. One theme of the comments was conspiracy theories. One notable comment claimed that "no one in his stake believed any conspiracy theories." I am sure he is wrong. I have found many of my friends and neighbors who are caught up in one conspiracy theory or another. 

The General Handbook of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Section 38.8.45 clearly states the following:

Seeking Information from Reliable Sources

In today’s world, information is easy to access and share. This can be a great blessing for those seeking to be educated and informed. However, many sources of information are unreliable and do not edify. Some sources seek to promote anger, contention, fear, or baseless conspiracy theories (see 3 Nephi 11:30; Mosiah 2:32). Therefore, it is important that Church members be wise as they seek truth.

Members of the Church should seek out and share only credible, reliable, and factual sources of information. They should avoid sources that are speculative or founded on rumor. The guidance of the Holy Ghost, along with careful study, can help members discern between truth and error (see Doctrine and Covenants 11:12; 45:57). In matters of doctrine and Church policy, the authoritative sources are the scriptures, the teachings of the living prophets, and the General Handbook.