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"Family history research provides the emotional bridge between the generations. Temple ordinances provide the priesthood bridge. Temple ordinances are the priesthood ratification of the connection that we have already established in our hearts. Mother Teresa said that "loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty." The thought that this poverty of loneliness-this being unwanted and separated from loved ones-could extend beyond this life is truly sad. The promise of family history and temple work is eternal connection born of both love and priesthood ordinances."

-Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander
May 1999 Ensign, p. 83

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” – Revelation 20:12

“Now, the nature of this ordinance consists in the power of the priesthood, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, wherein it is granted that whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Or, in other words, taking a different view of the translation, whatsoever you record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and whatsoever you do no record on earth shall not be recorded in heaven; for out of the books shall your dead be judged, according to their own works . . .” – D&C 128:8

"By now, in my own personal history, I have managed to fill seventy-eight large volumes, which are my personal journal. There have been times when I have been so tired at the end of a day that the effort could hardly be managed, but I am so grateful that I have not let slip away from me and my posterity those things which needed to be recorded."
– President Kimball, World Conference on Records, Ensign, Oct. 1980, p. 72

“. . . And as are the records on the earth in relation to your dead, which are truly made out, so also are the records in heaven. This, therefore, is the sealing and binding power, and in one sense of the word, the keys of the kingdom, which consist in the key of knowledge.”
– D&C 128:14

“...As are the records on the earth in relation to your dead, which are truly made out, so also are the records in heaven. This, therefore, is the sealing and binding power, and in one sense of the work, the keys of the kingdom, which consist in the key of knowledge. And now my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul ways concerning the fathers - ‘that they without us cannot be made perfect - neither can we without our dead be made perfect.’ And now, in relation to the baptism for the dead, I will give you another quotation of Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:29: ‘Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?’ And again, in connection with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the restoration of the priesthood, the glories to be revealed in the last days, and in an especial manner this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel, namely, the baptism for the dead: for Malachi says, last chapter, verse 5th and 6th; ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.’” – D&C 128:14 - 17

“. . . giving line upon line, precept upon percept; here a little and there a little; giving us consolation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope.” – D&C 128:21
"Going in hand in hand with this increased temple activity is an increase in our family history work. The computer in its various ramifications is accelerating the work, and people are taking advantage of the new techniques being offered to them. How can one escape the conclusion that the Lord is in all of this ? As computer facilities improve, the number of temples grows to accommodate the accelerated family history work."
– President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov 1999.

“Oh I wish many times that the veil were lifted off the face of the LDS. I wish we could see and know the things of God as they who are laboring for the salvation of the human family who are in the spirit world; for if this were so, this whole people, with very few, if any, exceptions, would lose all interest in the riches of the world, and instead there of their whole desires and labors would be directed to redeem their dead.” – Wilford Woodruff

“Whether we recognize it or not, we are connected with our past… people who care nothing for the past usually have no thought for the future and are selfish in the way they use the present.”
– President Spencer W. Kimball, World Conference of Records,12 Aug 1980

“There somehow seems to be the feeling that genealogical work is an all-or-nothing responsibility. Genealogical work is another responsibility for every Latter-day Saint, and we may do it successfully along with all the other callings and responsibilities that rest upon us…You can fulfill your obligations to your kindred dead and to the Lord without forsaking your other Church callings. You can do it without abandoning your family responsibilities. You can do this work. You can do it without becoming a so-called expert in it.”
– Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Jan 1977, 8

"I would like to share with you a few observations that I have gleaned from what I call the primary text for the work of the redemption of the dead - I refer specifically to … sections 127 and 128. I noticed that Joseph repeatedly referred to both ordinances and records. Ordinances are prerequisite to salvation. But accurate records provide both justification for and verification of the performance of an ordinance. Since records and ordinances are inseparably connected together, we see the purpose for the great efforts being made to search out and accurately record information.
“Records without ordinances are as incomplete as ordinances without records. The responsibility for these records is clearly upon the shoulders of mortals. Until the ordinances are properly performed and correctly recorded on earth, there cannot be and will not be a record in heaven. Thus, the opportunity for salvation is denied an individual until a valid ordinance and an acceptable record verifies his eligibility for a place in the kingdom of our Father. The records prepared on earth, then, become the source of judgment information.”
– Elder C. Max Caldwell, Devotional Address, Genealogy and Family History Conference, 6 August 1998

Our responsibility to keep a journal and write our own personal histories and those of our ancestors, particularly those who belong to the first four generations of our pedigree, has not changed." – Ezra Taft Benson "Conference Report", October 1978. Ensign, 30. November 1978

“Thy time shall be given to writing, and to learning much.” D&C 25:8
"One of the most significant phases of this great work is the operation of the Spirit of the Lord upon the hearts of men and women who are not members of our Church, impelling them to use their time and means in gathering genealogical records, binding them in books, and thus making them accessible to those who have the authority to do the work for those who have passed beyond. Many are the interesting incidents that are related showing how these records fall into the hands of members of the Church. I think this phase is most significant and proves to us conclusively that this is the day in which the Lord expects his Church at least to inaugurate the great work of turning ". . . the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers. . . ." (Malachi 4:6)
– David 0. McKay, Gospel Ideals. Salt Lake City" Improvement Era Publication, 1953

“And again, let all the records be had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my holy temple, to be held in remembrance from generation to generation, saith the Lord of Hosts.”
— D&C 127:9

“And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration...and a genealogy was kept of the children of God.” Moses 6:5,8

“Your personal history is scripture for your posterity. It is a means by which you can teach them long after you are gone. It will help your family understand you, and will probably help you to understand yourself. And as you write, you will probably experience a spiritual awakening. You will come to realize how blessed you have been, and how much the Lord loves you. A personal history is an essential part of what you should leave to your posterity. You should leave your genealogy, so they know you were born. And you should leave your personal history so they know you lived, you really lived.” — George Durrant, Director of the Genealogical Dept., Jan. 1982

The Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price each says we must “Turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers” in almost the same words. How important must this be to be repeated so many times in our sacred scriptures? Here are the references I have found:

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” – Malachi 4:5-6

“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” – Luke 1:17

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with the curse.” – 3 Nephi 25:5-6


“And also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse”; – D&C 27:9

“The Prophet Elijah was to plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers, Foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fulness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse.” – D&C 138:47-48

"Decide to do something with eternal consequences. It is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil...it begins with love.." – President Hinckley

“And after this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said: Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi - testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come - To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse - Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands: and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.” D&C 110:13-16

“This is the great work of the dispensation of the fulness of times, by which the hearts of the fathers are turned to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. The uniting and redemption of the family of God was the divine plan before the foundations of the earth were laid.” – Howard W. Hunter, Conference Report, Oct. 1971, p. 54; or Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 71-72

“The moment we attempt to secure our own salvation we find the salvation of our loved ones is so intimately bound up with our own that we must, perforce, seek to save them. Else our happiness will turn to misery and heaven will become purgatory.
Therefore ...our love for ourselves reaches out with equal force and power to our loved ones, and radiates in increasing circles to the last of our descendants and progenitors.”
– Susan Young Gates, Surname Book, pp. v & vi

“Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming”. – D&C 2:1-3

“The Prophet Elijah was to plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers, Foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fulness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse.” D&C 138:47-48

“It doesn’t matter whether your computer is able to compile all the family group sheets for everyone that every lived on the earth, it remains the responsibility of each individual to know his kindred dead…Even if the work is done, then it is still each person’s responsibility to study and become acquainted with his ancestors.”
– President Joseph Fielding Smith - Turned to the Fathers - p 184

Joseph Smith reporting Moroni’s visit wrote: “After telling me these things, he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament. He first quoted part of the third chapter of Malachi; and he quoted also the fourth or last chapter of the same prophesy, though with a little variation from the way it reads in our Bibles. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus: ‘For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.’ And again, he quoted the fifth verse thus: ‘Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.’ He also quoted the next verse differently: ‘And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.’” – Joseph Smith History 1:36-39.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Plato

“Before he comes, Zion must be built up, temples must rise wherever there are stakes, and the promises made to the fathers must be planted in the hearts of the children”.
– Elder Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p 572

"Decide to do something with eternal consequences. It is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil...it begins with love.." – President Hinckley

"How often we go to the temple seeking for a spiritual experience. When we go to the temple and do the work for a person who is a stranger to us, have we ever thought that we are a stranger to that person as well… how much motivation does he or she have to make their influence felt there. It has been said, “We love whom we serve”. If we go to the temple with a name of an ancestor that we have grown to know through finding and processing the necessary information, the temple experience draws us to them and them to us. They look forward to the time when we come to the temple and, if in tune, we can feel their presence."
– Fred Christensen

“[Our] objective . . . has been to inspire the members to obtain their own temple blessings, attend the temple in behalf of their deceased relatives . . . complete their four-generation records, extend research on family lines, and organize and strengthen the family organizations. The first instruction after the glorious First Vision to the Prophet Joseph Smith, in the act of restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ, was concerning the family unit . . .
“‘Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.’
“‘. . .And he will plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children will turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.’ [Joseph Smith History 1:36-39.]”
– L. Tom Perry, Conference Report, Apr. 1982, p. 79-80; or Ensign, May 1982, p. 53

“For we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect . . . For it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times . . . that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time.” – D&C 128:18)

“The temple becomes… the bridge from this life to the next. The temple is concerned with things of immortality. We wouldn’t have to build a temple for marriages if we didn’t believe in the eternity of the family. We build it so the family may be eternal. All of the ordinances which take place in the house of the Lord become expressions of our belief in that fundamental and basic doctrine.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Apr 2002, 3

When an old person dies ... it's like a library burning to the ground."

"I promise you that all who faithfully attend to temple work will be blessed beyond measure. Your families will draw closer to the Lord. Unseen angels will watch over your loved ones when Satanic forces tempt them. The veil will be thin and great spiritual experiences will distil upon this people." – Vaughn J. Featherstone

“Knowing who you are and what responsibility you have towards your family forces your behavior to be consistent with your family values. It passes right down across the generations.” -- William Alex Haley, press conference, Freedman’s Bank CD, 2/26/2001

"The next thing most like living one's life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing." – Benjamin Franklin

“So often we think of our responsibility to do something for those who have gone before. We need to understand that probably one of the most important benefits of preserving our heritage is what it does for us today. If we want our problems to be solved, one of the surest ways of doing that is to search for our past, for therein we receive strength, guidance, and understanding. All of you here today are giving an added eternal dimension to your lives as you learn and study the past. We can receive strength and help from those who have gone on before. To raise our families today, we need to do family research and genealogy.”
– Elder John H. Groberg, First Quorum of Seventy, Press Conference speaking as Chairman of the Olympic Events Executive Committee, 2002

“The family is most important in our quest for exaltation in our Heavenly Father’s kingdom,” taught President Harold B. Lee. He encouraged parents and children to apply the spirit of the mission of Elijah to their living family members and turn their hearts toward one another in love. He said: “You’ve had recalled to you something that you’ve applied only to temple work – the mission of the prophet Elijah where Malachi said, and it has been repeated in a modern revelation: ‘Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.” (D&C 2:1-3)
“Today that scripture undoubtedly has a more significant meaning. Unless the hearts of the children are turned to their parents and the hearts of the parents are turned to their children in this day, in mortality, the earth will be utterly wasted at His coming. There was never a time when so much was needed as today in the homes of the Latter-day Saints and the world generally. Most of the ills that afflict youth today are because of the breakdown in the homes. The hearts of the fathers must be turned to their children and the children to their fathers, if this work is going to be saved and the people prepared for the coming of the Lord.”
— Harold B. Lee, Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, -. 129

“Our motive is to help members of the Church and others find their roots. The doctrine of the eternal nature of the family is one of the most important and sacred of our teachings. As I learn more about my own ancestors who worked so hard, sacrificed so much, it increases my sense of identity and deepens my commitment to honor their memory. Perhaps there has never been a time when a sense of family, of identity and self worth has been more important to the world. Seeking to understand our family history can change our lives and helps bring unity and cohesion to the family.”
– President Gordon B. Hinckley, Deseret News, “Unveiling of a Heritage”,17 Apr 2001

“This work of salvation for the dead is so important that Paul stated that they who are dead cannot be made perfect without our help. (Hebrew 11:40) Joseph Smith added that neither can we be made perfect without doing proxy ordinance work for our deceased ancestors. (D&C 128:18) The power of the priesthood was restored so that this perfection in uniting all the family of God who lived in all ages could be accomplished.”
– Theodore M. Burton, General Conference, Oct. 2, 1970

“If the veil could be parted and we could see the world of spirits, we would likely discover many among them anxiously praying and hoping that their day of deliverance would come. Their hearts are turned toward their children on whom their hopes rely for deliverance from the prison house”. – President Joseph Fielding Smith

“The Saints have not too much time to save and redeem their dead, and gather together their living relatives, that they may be saved also, before the earth will be smitten…I would advise the Saints to go with their might and gather together all their living relatives to this place, that they may be sealed and saved, that they may be prepared against the day that the destroying angel goes forth; and if the whole Church would go with all their might to save their dead, seal their positerity, and gather their living friends, and spend none of their time in behalf of the world, they would hardly get through before night would come, when no man can work”
– Prophet Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pages 330-331

“Revelation comes to individual members as they are led to discover their family records in ways that are miraculous indeed. And there is a feeling of inspiration attending this work that can be found in no other. When we have done all that we can do, we shall be given the rest. The way will be opened up.” – Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov 1975, 99
"I have a conviction born of a little experience to which I bear testimony that there are forces beyond this life that are working with us.... "have the simple faith that when you do everything you can, researching to the last of your opportunity, the Lord will help you to open doors to go further with your genealogies, and heaven will cooperate, I am sure."
– Harold B. Lee, Williams, Clyde J. The Teachings of Harold B. L p. 573. 1996.

“The spirit and influence of your dead will guide those who are interested in finding those records. If there is anywhere on the earth anything concerning them, you will find it.” – Bryant S. Hinckley, Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin J. Ballard, Deseret Book, 1949, p 230.

"The Lord expects of us all that we do what we can for ourselves and for our dead. He wants us to make the search for our ancestry because he does not do for us what we can do for ourselves. And after we have done all we can, then means will be furnished, or the way will be opened for the finishing of the information which we are unable to discover."
— Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 2:149

"The Lord is in this work. He wants it to prosper. He wants us to be successful in our efforts. While living with my grandmother, Louise Ballif Benson, in Logan as a student, I knew she had been working very hard on her research. She kept referring to the fact that there was a gap that she couldn't fill and it worried her. She prayed about it fervently. One day she received a package addressed just 'Benson Family, Utah.' The package contained a printed book which had come from a man in Syracuse, New York, who had done research independently--not as a member of the Church. You can imagine the joy that filled my grandmother's heart when she found that this not only filled the gap, but did much more than that. Her prayers had been answered. Yes, there are many ways to help get the job done."
– Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 164

“Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask and ye shall received; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” D&C 88:63

“...let him be humble before me, and be without guile, and he shall receive of my Spirit, even the Comforter, which shall manifest unto him the truth of all things, and shall give him, in the very hour, what he shall say.” – D&C 124:97

Matthew 13:31 tells the parable of the mustard seed. To that, Joseph Smith added, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of a mustard seed. The mustard seed is small, but brings forth a large tree, and the fowls lodge in the branches. The fowls are the angels.* Thus angels come down, combine together to gather their children, and gather them. We cannot be made perfect without them, nor they without us, when these things are done, the Son of Man will descend, the Ancient of Days sit; we may come to an innumerable company of angels, have communion with and receive instruction from them.” Joseph Smith (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 159)
*our ancestors (See “In the Presence of the Divine”, by Joseph F. Smith, April 6, 1916)

“Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” – D&C 123: 17
I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson

"(In our genealogical research) the Lord is not going to open any doors until we get as far as we can on our own. We have to go toward that blank wall and then we have to have enough faith to ask the Lord to help to make an opening so that we can take the next step. And there can be information given to you from sources that reveal the fact that heaven and earth are not far away. – Harold B. Lee

"...My grandfather, being one of a family, searched all his life to get together his genealogical records; and when he died, in 1868, he had been unsuccessful in establishing his line back more than the second generation beyond him. I am sure that most of my family members feel the same as I do--that there was a thin veil between him and the earth, after he had gone to the other side, and that which he was unable to do as a mortal he perhaps was able to do after he had gone into eternity. After he passed away, the spirit of research took hold of men--his family in the West and two distant relatives, not members of the Church, in the East. For seven years these two men--Morrison and Sharples --unknown to each other, and unknown to the members of the family in the West, were gathering genealogy. After seven years, they happened to meet and then for three years they worked together. The family feels definitely that the spirit of Elijah was at work on the other side and that our grandfather had been able to inspire men on this side to search out these records; and as a result, two large volumes are in our possession with about seventeen thousand names."
— Spencer W. Kimball: The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 543

“Confirm upon us the Spirit of Elijah, we pray thee, that we may thus redeem our dead and also connect ourselves with our fathers who have passed behind the veil… Wilt thou also permit holy messengers to visit us within these sacred walls and make known unto us with regard to the work we should perform in behalf of our dead. And, as thou hast inclined the hearts of many to search out their progenitors…bless them, we pray thee, in their labors, that they may not fall into errors in preparing their genealogies; and furthermore, we ask thee to open before them new avenues of information, and place in their hands the records of the past that their work may not only be correct but complete also.”
– President Wilford Woodruff, dedicatory prayer of Salt Lake Temple

Salvation cannot be gained except through baptism of water and of the Spirit, nor can exaltation be achieved except through temple endowments and sealing of families together eternity. These saving and exalting ordinances are performed vicariously in the temples for the worthy dead who did not have opportunity to receive them in this life. We are commanded to go with all our might, collect all genealogical data we can, and perform these saving ordinances for our worthy ancestors. Obviously, due to the frailties, incapacity's, and errors of mortal men, and because the records of past ages are often scanty and inaccurate, this great work cannot be completed for every worthy soul without assistance from on high. The millennial era is the time, primarily, when this assistance will be given by resurrected beings. Genealogical records unknown to us will then become available. Errors committed by us in sealings or other ordinances will be rectified, and all things will be arranged in proper order. Temple work will be the great work of the millennium. – Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 2, pp. 251_252.

We do not comprehend what a blessing to them these ordinances are. Joseph taught Horace Cummings, “In the resurrection they will fall at the feet of those who have done their work. Kiss their feet, embrace their knees, and manifest the most exquisite gratitude.”
"We have a work to do just as important in its sphere as the Savior's work was in its sphere. Our fathers cannot be made perfect without us; we cannot be made perfect without them. They have done their work and now sleep. We are now called upon to do ours: which is to be the greatest work man ever performed on the earth." – Brigham Young, Roberts, B.H. Journal of Discourses 18:213.

"Why is it that sometimes only one of a city or household receives the gospel? It was made known to me that it is because of the righteous dead who had received the gospel in the spirit world exercising themselves, and in answer to their prayers elders of the Church were sent to the homes of their posterity that the gospel might be taught to them, and through their righteousness they might be privileged to have a descendant in the flesh do the work for their dead kindred. I want to say to you that it is with greater intensity that the hearts of the fathers and mothers in the spirit world are turned to their children than that our hearts are turned to them."
– Elder Melvin J. Ballard, Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin Joseph Ballard, p. 249

"The spirit and influence of your dead will guide those who are interested in finding those records. If there is anywhere on the earth anything concerning them, you will find it."
Elder Melvin J. Ballard, Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin Joseph Ballard, p. 230
D&C institute manual, p. 446

*Righteous spirits, those who have been converted to the gospel in the spirit prison, are still held in the spirit prison until the ordinance work is done (see Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:230). These loyal believers are not able to fully progress because, while they can have faith and repent in their spiritual state, such ordinances as baptism and confirmation must be done in mortality, if not by themselves, then by proxies. They too await a day of deliverance. Speaking on this delay President Spencer W. Kimball said: "Some of us have had occasion to wait for someone or something for a minute, an hour, a day, a week, or even a year. Can you imagine how our progenitors must feel, some of whom have perhaps been waiting for decades and even centuries for the temple work to be done for them?" – "The Things of Eternity - Stand We in Jeopardy?" Ensign, Jan. 1977, p.7
Joseph Fielding Smith:
"But how are they to become saviors on Mount Zion? By building their temples, erecting their baptismal fonts, and going forth and receiving all the ordinances, baptisms, confirmations, washings, anointings, ordinations and sealing powers upon their heads, in behalf of their progenitors who are dead, and redeem them that they may come forth in the first resurrection and be exalted to thrones of glory with them; and herein is the chain that binds the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, which fulfills the mission of Elijah..."
"Conference Report", April 1948, p.136

"When the Savior comes, a thousand years will be devoted to this work."
– Wilford Woodruff, Roberts, B.H. Journal of Discourses 19:230. September 16, 1877
"This is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil where help is given in both directions. It begins with love. Anywhere you are in the world, with prayer, faith, determination, diligence, and some sacrifice, you can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful." – Richard G. Scott, CR, Oct. 1990, "Redemption, the Harvest of Love

"I don't need to tell you the details of where to go and who to see. When you determine you are going to succeed, you will find a way. You will discover those who can help you. I promise you the Lord will bless you in your efforts, for this is His work, and He will guide your prayerful efforts to bring the ordinances and covenants to your ancestors."
– Richard G. Scott, CR, Oct. 1990, "Redemption, the Harvest of Love

"When the full measure of Elijah's mission is understood- ­that the hearts of the children will be turned to the fathers, and the fathers to the children- ­it applies just as much on this side of the veil as it does to the other side of the veil (see Malachi 4:5-6). If we neglect our families here in having family home night and we fail in our responsibility here, how would heaven look if we lost some of those through our own neglect? Heaven would not be heaven until we have done everything we can to save those whom the Lord has sent through our lineage. So, the hearts of you fathers and mothers must be turned to your children right now, if you have the true Spirit of Elijah, and not think that it applies merely to those who are beyond the veil. Let your hearts be turned to your children, and teach your children; but you must do it when they are young enough to be schooled. And if you are neglecting your family home evening, you are neglecting the beginning of the mission of Elijah just as certainly as if you were neglecting your research work of genealogy." – "Teachings of Harold B. Lee," p. 281

“Our fathers cannot be made perfect without us; we cannot be made perfect without them. They have done their work and now sleep. We are now called upon to do ours; which is to be the greatest work man ever performed on the earth. Millions of our fellow creatures who have lived upon the earth and died without a knowledge of the Gospel must be officiated for in order that they may inherit eternal life.“– Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young , 406

“…For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation… we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect.” – D&C 128:15,18
“Our members need to be taught that it is not sufficient for a husband and wife to be sealed in the temple…they must also be eternally linked with their progenitors and see that the work is done for those ancestors. The need for each of us to perform temple and genealogical work has never been more urgent. We must redouble our efforts to accomplish this great and holy work. We cannot hope for perfection without being linked to our forefathers. Neither can they hope for perfection without us. My brothers and sisters, it is up to each of us to see that this work is done.” – President Ezra Taft Benson, Family Record Extraction Program Videocassette

“Ordinances and covenants become our credential for admission into His presence. To worthily receive them is the quest of a lifetime; to keep them thereafter is the challenge of mortality. Once we have received them for ourselves and for our families, we are obligated to provide these ordinances vicariously for our kindred dead, indeed for the whole human family.” – Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, May 1987, p24

“This glorious doctrine [work for the dead] is another witness of the all-encompassing nature of the atonement of Jesus Christ. He has made salvation available to every repentant soul. His was a vicarious atonement that conquered death. He permits the worthy deceased to receive all ordinances of salvation vicariously.”
– Richard G. Scott, Conference Report, Oct. 1990, p. 4; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, p.5

“The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after out dead. Those saints who neglect it in behalf of their deceased relatives, do it at the peril of their own salvation” – Prophet Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 6:313 and 4:426. April 7, 1844

"We realize that one of the greatest responsibilities that rests upon the people of God today is that their hearts shall be turned unto their fathers, and that they shall do the work that is necessary to be done for them. – Joseph F. Smith

"God is looking upon us and has called us to be saviors upon Mount Zion. And what does a savior mean? It means a person who saves somebody... Would we be saviors if we did not save somebody? I think not. Could we save anybody if we did not build temples? No, we could not, for God would not accept our offerings and sacrifices."
– John Taylor, Roberts, B.H. Journal of Discourses 22:30. August 28,1881

“Some of us have had occasion to wait for someone or something for a minute, an hour, a day, a week, or even a year. Can you imagine how our progenitors must feel, some of whom have perhaps been waiting for decades & even centuries for the temple work to be done for them? “We wonder about our progenitors … What do they think of you and me? We are their offspring. We have the responsibility to do their temple work, and the beautiful temples of the Lord stand day after day, yet we do not fill them always. We have a grave responsibility that we cannot avoid, and may stand in jeopardy if we fail to do this important work.”
– President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Jan 1977

"I perceived that the Lord went not in person among the wicked and the disobedient who had rejected the truth, to teach them; but behold, from among the righteous he organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth. Thus was the gospel preached to the dead."
– Joseph F. Smith , Gospel Doctrine, pp. 471& 474. October 1900
"Oh I wish many times that the veil were lifted off the face of the Latter Day Saints. I wish we could see and know the things of God as they are laboring for the salvation of the human family who are in the spirit world; for if this were so, this whole people, with very few, if any exceptions, would lose all interest in the riches of the world, and instead thereof their whole desires and labors would be directed to redeem their dead". – President Wilford Woodruff

"We want the Latter-day Saints from this time to trace their genealogies as far as they can, and to be sealed to their fathers and mothers. Have children sealed to their parents, and run this chain through as far as you can get it. This is the will of the Lord to this people."
– Wilford Woodruff, The Law of Adoption - Conference. Millennial Star, Vol. 56, p. 339. 1894

"Therefore, renounce peace, and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers." – D&C 98:16, August 6, 1833
“'For the dead had looked upon the long absence of their spirits from their bodies as a bondage … The dead who repent will be redeemed, through obedience to the ordinances of the house of God, and after they have paid the penalty of their transgressions, and are washed clean, shall receive a reward according to their works, for they are heirs of salvation.' (D&C 138:50,58-59.) From this we learn that the dead cannot be judged, resurrected, and receive the correct body (ie., Celestial, Terrestrial, Telestial, etc) until they have repented and been washed clean of their sins. They cannot be washed clean of their sins until they are redeemed through the ordinances of the house of God. These saving earthly ordinances can only be provided through a proxy such as ourselves. We have the ability to free the dead from the bondage that they endure and to allow them to continue on in their eternal progression." – Fred Christensen

"Some of us have had occasion to wait for someone or something for a minute, an hour, a day, a week, or even a year. Can you imagine how our progenitors must feel, some of whom have perhaps been waiting for decades and even centuries for the temple work to be done for them?"
– Spencer W. Kimball, "Salvation for the Dead", Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual Church Education System Religion 324-325

"Those Saints who neglect [genealogy work] in behalf of their deceased relatives, do it at the peril of their own salvation." – Prophet Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 4:426. April 3, 1841

"One of the most important phases of Gospel activity is associated with the temples. Upon intelligent, constant genealogical research, vicarious temple work is wholly dependent. Therefore, let us as a church and as a people labor with all our might to qualify as Saviors on Mount Zion.” – David 0. McKay

"Teach your children and let yourselves be taught the fact that it is necessary for you to become saviors upon Mount Zion for those who have died without the knowledge of the gospel, and that the temples of God in these mountains, and that are being reared in other lands, have been built and are designed expressly for the performance of these sacred ordinances which are necessary for those who have passed away without them. Do not forget these things. Keep them in mind for they are necessary for us." – Joseph F. Smith, Conference Report, 6 April 1917

"I am deeply interested in this work. I am anxious to encourage the people to press on in securing their genealogies and after doing so in laboring in our temples. Up to the first day of April I had endowments to my credit of more than two a week for this year.
"We can generally do that which we wish to do. A young man can find an immense amount of time to spend with his sweetheart. He can arrange affairs to do that. We can arrange our affairs to get exercise in the shape of golf and otherwise. We can arrange our affairs to have amusements. And, if we make up our minds to do so, we can arrange our affairs to do temple work.
"Millions of dollars have been invested in the Salt Lake Temple. Month after month, as a boy, I contributed one dollar a month. As my wages increased I contributed two dollars a month, and later three dollars, four dollars, five dollars, and finally gave several thousands of dollars towards the completion of that temple. Why? Because the Lord God Almighty had given me a knowledge that the hearts of the children have been turned to their fathers; that the keys held by Elijah the prophet were in very deed delivered to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. The very granite bears witness to the faith, the knowledge, and the testimony that God has given to the Latter-day Saints." – Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards pp. 33-34. April, 1928

"May it be pleasing to thy people to search out the genealogy of their forbears, that they may become saviors on Mount Zion by officiating in the temples for their kindred dead. We pray thee also that the spirit of Elijah may rest mightily upon all peoples everywhere that they may be moved upon to gather and make available the genealogy of their ancestors; and that thy faithful children may utilize the holy temples in which to perform on behalf of the dead all ordinances pertaining to their eternal exaltation."
– Smith, George Albert. Temples of the Most High. 189-190. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1960

“Jesus had not finished his work when his body was slain, neither did he finish it after his resurrection from the dead; although he had accomplished the purpose for which he then came to the earth, he had not fulfilled all his work. And when will he? Not until he has redeemed and saved every son and daughter of our father Adam that have ever been or ever will be born upon the earth to the end of time, except for the sons of perdition. That is his mission. We will not finish our work until we have saved ourselves, and then not until we shall have saved all depending upon us; for we are to become saviors upon Mount Zion, as well as Christ. We are called to this mission.” – Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], p. 442

“When [God’s] Kingdom is established upon the earth, and Zion built up, the Lord will send his servants as saviors upon Mount Zion. The servants of God who have lived on the earth in ages past will reveal where different persons have lived who have died without the Gospel, give their names, and say, ‘Now go forth, ye servants of God, and exercise your rights and privileges; go and perform the ordinances of the house of God for those who have passed their probation without the Gospel, and for all who will receive any kind of salvation.’”
– Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A Widtsoe [1941], p. 407

“We pray for all who shall come as patrons [to the temple] that they may ever look upon this service as a labor of love performed in the spirit of the Redeemer who gave His life for all mankind. May the wonder and the majesty of that great act of atonement enter the minds and hearts of all who serve here in behalf of those beyond the veil of death.”
– Gordon B. Hinckley, “It is Thy House, a Place of Thy Holiness” [St. Paul Minnesota Temple dedicatory prayer], Church News, 15 Jan 2000, p. 4

One of the important phases of gospel living is to involve ourselves in temple and genealogical effort. We know full well that the spirit world is filled with the spirits of men and women who are waiting for you and me to get busy in their behalf. It is a grave responsibility that the Lord has placed upon our shoulders, one that we cannot avoid and for which we stand in jeopardy if we fail to accomplish it.
– President Spencer W. Kimball, “Living the Gospel in the Home,” Ensign, May 1978, 100
President Joseph F. Smith in his vision of the spirit world says, “choice-spirits…were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times to take part in laying the foundation of the great latter-day work, including the building of the temples and the performance of ordinances therein for the redemption of the dead.”
He refers to the leaders who will do this work and then again refers to those “other choice spirits” (in addition to the leaders): “many others who received their first lessons in the world of the spirits and were prepared to come forth in due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men” – D&C 138: 53-56

"President Hunter's classic statement emphasizes the importance of temple work for our own families and helps us to understand the Old Testament prophecy that "saviours shall come up on mount Zion." (Obad. 1:21) This exalting service for others unseen is one of the most noble acts of human kindness." – Russell M. Nelson, CR, Oct. 1994, "The Spirit of Elijah"

“That which goes on in the House of the Lord, and which must be preceded by research, comes nearer the spirit of the sacrifice of the Lord than any other activity of which I know. Why? Because it is done by those who give freely of time and substance, without any expectation of thanks or reward, to do for others that which they cannot do for themselves and for which they expect no thanks or recompense: – Gordon B. Hinckley, in “President Hinckley: Work for Dead Is Essential to Earth’s Purpose” Church News, 19 Nov. 1994, p. 4.5

"This work ,unselfishly given in behalf of those on the other side, comes nearer to the unparalleled vicarious work of the Savior than any other of which I know. The great and important work of teaching the gospel of Christ to the people of the world is incomplete, at best, if it does not also provide for that teaching to those in another sphere and making available to them those gospel ordinances required of all if they are to move forward in the way of eternal life." – President Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, Oct. 1985 – Ensign, Nov 1985, p 53

“By collecting and organizing the ancestral data of our deceased fathers we can perform the saving ordinances for them in the temple. Thus, the living having their hearts turned to their fathers is in accordance with the pre-mortal agreement we made before the earth was formed.” – Elder David B. Haight, Ensign November 1990

"Many suppose that they are discharging their responsibilities by simply 'going to the temple.' But that is not wholly true. We must go to the temple, of course, and often.
If we do not as yet have the records of our own dead kindred, then while we search for them, by all means let us help others with theirs.
But be it understood that if we go to the temple, and not for our own dead, we are performing only a part of our duty, because we are also required to go there specifically to save our dead relatives and bind the various generations together by the power of the holy priesthood. We must disabuse our minds of the idea that merely ‘going to the temple’ discharges our full responsibility, because it does not. That is not enough! God holds each of us responsible for saving our own kindred dead”.
— Elder Mark E. Petersen, Ensign, The Message of Elijah, May 1976, pp. 14-16

Now, O ye Saints, rejoice today that you can saviors be
Of all your dead who will obey the gospel and be free.
The let us rise without restraint and act for those we love,
For they are giving their consent and wait for us to move.
– ”The Glorious Gospel Light Has Shone,” Hymns, no. 283

“To my mind there isn’t anything so great and so glorious in this world as to labor for the salvation of the living and for the redemption of the dead.”
– President Joseph F. Smith, Young Women’s Journal 23:130, March 1912

“Whether we recognize it or not, we are connected with our past… people who care nothing for the past usually have no thought for the future and are selfish in the way they use the present.”
– President Spencer W. Kimball, World Conference of Records, 12 Aug 1980

“Through family history we discover the most beautiful tree in the forest of creation – our family tree. Its numerous roots reach back through history, and its branches extend throughout eternity. Family history is the expansive expression of eternal love. It is born of selflessness. It provides opportunity to secure the family unit forever.”
– J. Richard Clarke, Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 73; or Ensign, May 1989, 60

“We have blessings which have never been given to any other generation since the days of Jesus Christ and the Apostles . . . You hold the keys of the destiny of your fathers, your mothers, your progenitors, from generation to generation; you hold the keys of their salvation. God has put that power into your hands. But if we do not do what is required of us in this thing, we are under condemnation.” – President Wilford Woodruff, Conference Report, October 1897, p. 47

To those now gone, that we call dead, death is not the problem, being forgotten is the problem.

“Our efforts to promote temple and family history work should be such as to accomplish the work of the Lord, not impose guilt on his children.”
“In the work of redeeming the dead there are many tasks to be performed... all members should participate by prayerfully selecting those ways that fit their personal circumstances at a particular time.”
“Our effort is not to compel everyone to do everything, but to encourage everyone to do something.”
“Leaders should encourage members to determine, according to the promptings of the Spirit, what temple and family history work they can do ‘in wisdom and order’ consistent with their own ‘strength and means.’” See Mosiah 4:27, D&C 10:4
“Some of the most important temple and family history work is done at home.”
“I do not refer just to the important work of keeping family genealogies up-to-date and the much needed verifying that all sealings have been performed.”
“At home we can keep our journals and gather pictures...We can gather and record information available through living relatives. We can write family histories and share their great lessons with our children.”
“There are family organizations to be formed, family projects to be planned, hearts to be touched, prayers to be offered, doctrines to be learned, children to be taught, living and dead relatives to be identified, recommends to be obtained, temples to be visited, covenants to be made, and ordinances to be received.”
“In mapping out our personal efforts in temple and family history work, we need to take a view that is not only broad in scope but at least a lifetime in duration.”
– Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Family History “In Wisdom and Order”, Ensign, June 1989

“We give our witness that the doctrines and practices of the Church encompass salvation and exaltation not only for those who are living, but also for the dead, and that in sacred temples built for this purpose a great vicarious work is going forward in behalf of those who have died, so that all men and women of all generations may become the beneficiaries of the saving ordinances of the gospel of the Master. This great, selfless labor is one of the distinguishing features of this restored Church of Jesus Christ.”–Proclamation from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Conference Report, Apr. 1980, p. 75; or Ensign, May 1980, p.52

“Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming” – D&C 2:1-3

“There is no time to waste. The prophet Joseph Smith told us that even “if the whole Church should go with their might to save their dead, seal their posterity, gather their living friends, and spend none of their time in behalf of the world, they would hardly get through before the night would come when no man can work.”
– Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.330

“The earth will be smitten with a curse unless there is a welding link of some kind or other between the fathers and the children, upon some subject or other - and behold what is the subject? It is the baptism for the dead. For we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect.” – D&C 128:18

Our heritage like life itself, we keep and yet pass on. In doing so, we pay the debt we owe to those now gone. Boyd K. Packer

Those who take no thought of noble ancestors seldom achieve anything worthy of remembrance by remote descendants.

"The greatest work, after all, devolves on the members of the Church... It matters not what else we have been called to do, or what position we may occupy, or how faithfully in other ways we have labored in the Church, none is exempt from this great obligation. It is required of the apostle as well as the humblest elder. Place, or distinction, or where or how else it may have been, will not entitle one to disregard the salvation of one's dead.”
–President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol2, pp. 148-149

“’The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our dead’. (Teachings, p 356) It is a work that exceeds in magnitude even the preaching of the gospel in all nations, for it will go forward and be one of the dominant undertakings of the Millennium itself." – Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p 269

"Latter-day Saints are encouraged to prepare family records as a Book of Remembrance, containing patriarchal blessings, records of ordinations and other sacred information, as well as personal and family histories, spiritual experiences, and other evidences of God's goodness and love" — Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress!"

"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?"
– Cicero- The Orator
“Joseph Smith said: ‘The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us, is to seek after our dead.’ Why is this such a great responsibility? For two reasons. First, because we cannot enter into the perfect life without our worthy dead who have not been blessed as we have with the Gospel. Second, because they who have lived worthy lives, but in darkness, because the Gospel did not come to them in life, are also heirs of salvation. The reasons for this will appear later. It will suffice here to say that the Lord has placed upon us this responsibility of seeing that our dead receive the blessings of the Gospel. Said Joseph Smith: ‘Those saints who neglect it, in behalf of their deceased relatives, do it at the peril of their own salvation.’”
– Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection (1970), p. 153-54

"There is nothing else to compare with this treasury of family history.... I feel the Lord has designed that it should be so. This is His church which carries His name, and one of its purposes is to make available to the millions beyond the veil of death the full blessings that lead to eternal life." – Gordon B. Hinckley, Utah Genealogical Society Fireside. November 13, 1994
"It should be recognized that this church is not a social club. This is the kingdom of God in the earth. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its purpose is to bring salvation and exaltation to both the living and the dead." – Gordon B. Hinckley The Ensign, p. 97. May 1990
“There is no greater blessing that you can have than to stand as a proxy in a great service to those who have gone beyond. – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Apr 2002, 3

"I am confident that the Lord will permit and direct us to go on building these sacred structures (the temples) as we become worthy of them. One important test of that worthiness will be in doing the research that becomes the foundation for the major work to be carried on in them."
– Teachings of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company

"Many there are, it is true, who comprehend this great work and are faithfully discharging their duties in the temples of the Lord. This is a good sign, showing the willingness and activity of the saints. But, this does not relieve the inactive, dilatory members who are doing nothing for their dead. These persons cannot expect to receive credit for what others may be doing; the responsibility rests with equal force on all, according to our individual ability and opportunities.

"It matters not what else we have been called to do or what position we may occupy or how faithfully in other ways we have labored in the church, none are exempt from this great obligation. It is required of the Apostle as well as the humblest Elder. Place, distinction, or long service in the cause of Zion, in the mission field, the stakes of Zion, or elsewhere will not entitle one to disregard the salvation of one's dead.
"Some may feel that if they pay their tithing, attend their regular meetings and other duties, give of their substance to the poor, or perchance spend one, two, or more years preaching in the world, they are absolved from further duty. But the greatest and grandest duty of all is to labor for the dead. "We may and should do all these other things, for which reward will be given, but if we neglect the weightier privilege and commandment, notwithstanding all other good works, we shall find ourselves under severe condemnation. "And why such condemnation? Because the greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us, is to seek after our dead. Because we cannot be saved without them, it is necessary that those who have gone before

and those who come after us should have salvation in common with us, and thus hath God made it obligatory to man, says the Prophet Joseph Smith. From this, then, we see that while it is necessary to preach the gospel in the nations of the earth and to do all other good works in the church, yet the greatest commandment given us, and made obligatory, is temple work in our own behalf and in behalf of our dead. – Joseph Fielding Smith, The Ensign, p. 2. February 1971
"There is nothing else to compare with this treasury of family history.... I feel the Lord has designed that it should be so. This is His church which carries His name, and one of its purposes is to make available to the millions beyond the veil of death the full blessings that lead to eternal life." – Gordon B. Hinckley, Utah Genealogical Society Fireside. November 13, 1994
"It should be recognized that this church is not a social club. This is the kingdom of God in the earth. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its purpose is to bring salvation and exaltation to both the living and the dead." – Gordon B. Hinckley The Ensign, p. 97. May 1990
“There is no greater blessing that you can have than to stand as a proxy in a great service to those who have gone beyond. – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Apr 2002, 3

“In our preexistent state, in the day of the great council, we made a certain agreement with the Almighty … We agreed, right then and there, to be saviors for the whole human family. We went into a partnership with the Lord. The working out of the plan became then not merely the Father’s work, and the Savior’s work, but also our work” – Elder John A. Widstoe, “The Worth of Souls”, The Utah Genealogical and Historical Mag, Oct 1934.

"I am confident that the Lord will permit and direct us to go on building these sacred structures (the temples) as we become worthy of them. One important test of that worthiness will be in doing the research that becomes the foundation for the major work to be carried on in them."
– Teachings of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company

"If temple ordinances are an essential part of the restored gospel, and I testify that they are, then we must provide the means by which they can be accomplished. All of our vast family history endeavor is directed to temple work. There is no other purpose for it."
– President Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, April 1998

"In this work we cannot fail if we do our part. The Lord will not permit us to fail. This is His work. He will open doors in our genealogical research. He will bless us as we come to the temple. No, we cannot fail." — Ezra Taft Benson: The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 163

Why should the earth be wasted? Simply because if there is not a welding link between the fathers and the children, which is the work for the dead, we will all stand rejected...”
– Joseph Fielding Smith

“Our message is so imperative, when you stop to think that the salvation, the eternal salvation of the world, rests upon the shoulders of this Church. When all is said and done, if the world is going to be saved, we have to do it. There is no escaping from that. No other people in the history of the world have received the kind of mandate that we have received. We are responsible for all who have lived upon the earth. That involves our family history and temple work. We are responsible for all who now live upon the earth, and the involves our missionary work. And we are going to be responsible for all who will yet live upon the earth. No one ever received a greater or more compelling mandate than we of this Church have received, and we’d better be getting at it.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Mission Presidents Seminar, July 1999

President Hinckley (4/98) In announcing small temples: “If temple ordinances are an essential part of the restored Gospel, and I testify that they are, then we must provide the means by which they can be accomplished. All of our vast Family History endeavor is directed to temple work. There is no other purpose for it. The temple ordinances become the crowning blessings the Church has to offer.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign May 1998, 88

On the Sunday following the dedication, the Saints gathered together in the temple for a Sabbath meeting. Orson Hyde discussed why they had gone to all the trouble in completing the temple.
“If we moved forward and finished this house we should be received and accepted as a church with our dead, but if not we should be rejected with our dead… In doing this we have only been saved as it were by the skin of our teeth.” – Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, 3:43

“No work is more of a protection to the Church than temple work and the genealogical research which supports it. No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power. No work requires a higher standard of righteousness...”
– President Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Feb 1995, 32

“No work is more of a protection to the Church than temple work and the genealogical research which supports it. No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power. No work requires a higher standard of righteousness. Our labors in the temple cover us with a shield and a protection, both individually and as a people.”
– President Boyd K. Packer, from his book, The Holy Temple, p. 265

“It should be recognized that this church is not a social club. This is the kingdom of God on earth. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its purpose is to bring salvation and exaltation to both the living and the dead.” – Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1990, p. 97
On 2 Jan 1846, in the Celestial Room of the Nauvoo Temple, Brigham Young uttered these prophetic words: “We can’t stay in this temple but a little while. We have got to build another house. It will be a larger house than this, and a more glorious one. And we shall build a great many houses. We shall come back here and we shall go to Kirtland, and build houses all over the continent of North America. “ – Heber C. Kimball Journal, 252

“This is the greatest era in the history of the Church for temple building. Never has the construction of temples gone forward with momentum that is now being carried forward. We will continue to build temples. They are busier than they have ever been. We will reach out wherever the need exists to construct these sacred houses of the Lord to accommodate the needs of the people.”
– President Gordon B. Hinckley, Press Conference, Salt Lake City, 13 Mar 1995

“The sacred and important work that goes on in temples must be accelerated, and for this to happen, it is necessary that temples be taken closer to the people rather than having the people travel so far to temples.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, 1985, 53

“I have a burning desire that a temple be located within reasonable access to Latter-day Saints throughout the world”. – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov 1995, 52

“Every activity, every lesson, all we do in the Church, point to the Lord and His holy house. Our efforts to proclaim the gospel, perfect the Saints, and redeem the dead all lead to the temple. “
– Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings,” Ensign, May 2001, 32

“For we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect . . . For it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times . . . that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time.” (D&C 128:18)
“There must be this chain in the holy Priesthood; it must be welded together from the latest generation that lives on the earth back to Father Adam, to bring back all that can be saved and placed where they can receive salvation and glory in some kingdom.”
– Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1941], p. 407

"This entire continent is the land of Zion, and the time will come when there will be temples established over every portion of the land, and we will go into these temples and work for our kindred dead night and day, that the work of the Lord may be speedily accomplished, that Jesus may come and present the kingdom to his father."
– Snow, Lorenzo. Millennial Star, 6 1:546. May 8, 1899

“To accomplish this work there will have to be not only one temple but thousands of them, and thousands and tens of thousands of men and women will go into these temples and officiate for people who have lived as far as the Lord shall reveal”.
– President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 3:372

“Our people cannot partake of all of the blessings unless they can receive their own temple ordinances and then make these ordinances available to those of their kindred dead and others.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov 1995, 52

"The seen and the unseen worlds are closely connected. One assists the other. Those who fail to partake of the privileges and blessings of temple work deprive themselves of some of the choicest gifts within the keeping of the Church. Temple work begins with genealogy."
– John A. Widtsoe, (quoted by Boyd K. Packer in his book: The Holy Temple)

"Another most significant way to enhance your capacity to understand and live eternal truth is through temple worship. Only by receiving the fullness of temple ordinances and living the covenants made there can you enter into the highest degree of glory and receive the greatest measure of happiness eternally. Temple attendance has a calming, settling, consoling influence that distills peace and contentment. The accompanying family history work to identify ancestors to receive those ordinances yields similar blessings."
— Richard G. Scott, BYU Education Week, 19 August 1997

“Whoever seeks to help those on the other side receives help in turn in all the affairs of life…Help comes to us from the other side as we give help to those who have passed beyond the veil.”
– Elder John A. Widtsoe, Ensign, May 1980, 40

". . . whoever seeks to help those on the other side receives help in return in all the affairs of life."
– Orson F. Whitney

When we go back into the other life and find our dead friends living there, if we have not performed the labor that is necessary for their exaltation and glory we shall not feel very happy and it will not be a very pleasant meeting.
– President Lorenzo Snow, The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p. 97

“Temple work . . . gives a wonderful opportunity for keeping alive our spiritual knowledge and strength. We believe that those who die without the faith, may be served by us, as proxies, in the holy temples; and that these dead, because of our unselfish labors, may be able to secure blessings, somewhat similar to those that we desire for ourselves. Thus, by serving the dead, we commit ourselves definitely to the great eternal plan of human salvation, which constitutes the spiritual basis of all life. The past, the present and the future are united by our vicarious acts. The mighty perspective of eternity is unraveled before us in the holy temples.”
– John A. Widtsoe, Conference Report, Apr 1922 P. 97

“Genealogical work has the power to do something for the dead. It has an equal power to do something to the living. Genealogical work of church members has a refining, spiritualizing, tempering influence on those who are engaged in it.”
– President Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple p. 239

“But the greatest and grandest duty of all is to labor for the dead. We may and should do all these other things, for which reward will be given, but if we neglect the weightier privilege and commandment, notwithstanding all other good works, we shall find ourselves under severe condemnation.”
-- “Seeking after Our Dead”, Genealogical Society of Utah, 1928, pp 35-36

“So often we think of our responsibility to do something for those who have gone before. We need to understand that probably one of the most important benefits of preserving our heritage is what it does for us today. If we want our problems to be solved, one of the surest ways of doing that is to search for our past, for therein we receive strength, guidance, and understanding. All of you here today are giving an added eternal dimension to your lives as you learn and study the past. We can receive strength and help from those who have gone on before. To raise our families today, we need to do family research and genealogy.”
– Elder John H. Groberg, First Quorum of Seventy, Press Conference speaking as Chairman of the Olympic Events Executive Committee, 2002

“Believe in yourself as a son or daughter of God. Believe in the capacity which the God of heaven has given you to do great and good and worthwhile things… Somehow the Lord makes it possible for His simple, ordinary children to do and accomplish wonderful things.”
– President Hinckley, American Fork Regional Conference, 8/25/2002.

"Perhaps the present inactive genealogist members of the Church would be more concerned about their dead if they began to fully realize that "salvation for the dead" is far from being something different, but is part of a two-way street upon which our mutual exaltation is dependent." – Ezra Taft Benson, "Eternal Memories". 10th Annual Priesthood Genealogical Research Seminar. Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah. July 31, 1975

“Genealogical work has the power to do something for the dead. It has an equal power to do something to the living. Genealogical work of Church members has a refining, spiritualizing, tempering influence on those who are engaged in it.
“I know of no work in the Church more conducive to spiritual refinement and communication than temple and genealogical work. In this work our hearts and minds are turned to those beyond the veil. Such a work helps us to sharpen our spiritual sensitivities.
“I have the conviction that the Lord will bless us as we attend the sacred ordinance work of the temples. Blessings there will not be limited to our temple service. We will be blessed in all of our affairs. We will be eligible to have the Lord take an interest in our affairs both spiritual and temporal.” – Elder Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple

“If you would not be forgotten
When you are dead & rotten
Either write something worth reading or
Do things worth the writing.” — Benjamin Franklin

Alex Haley, author of "Roots", said
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep
to know our heritage __ to know who we are
and where we have come from. Without
this enriching knowledge there is a hollow
yearning. No matter what our attainment in
life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness
and the most disquieting loneliness."

“I believe that the busy person..., who has his worries and troubles, can solve his problems better and more quickly in the house of the Lord than anywhere else. If he will… do the temple work for himself and for his dead, he will confer a mighty blessing upon those who have gone before, and… a blessing will come to him, for at the most unexpected moments, in or out of the temple will come to him, as a revelation, the solution of the problems that vex his life. That is the gift that comes to those who enter the temple properly”.
– Elder John A. Widtsoe, Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, April 1921, 63-64

“After the birth of my third child, I felt overwhelmed by the simple taks that I had to do, not to mention any thought of the overall responsibilities I faced. It was then that I turned back to genealogy to provide the intellectual stimulation and the outside contact I needed. By involving myself in genealogy, I was able to find the strength to accomplish my other duties more cheerfully and efficiently. Admittedly, working on genealogy with three preschoolers at home takes extra planning and effort, but it can be done successfully. And a father and mother can instill in even the youngest children a love for their eternal family. If you work to create a (family history) spirit in your home, your children will learn at an early age that (family history) is an indispensable part of the gospel.” — Ginger Hamer, The Ensign, Jan. 1977, p. 69

“Befhold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silber, that they may offer unto the Lord and offering in righteousness. Let us, therefore, as a chuch and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.” – D&C 128:24

“...As are the records on the earth in relation to your dead, which are truly made out, so also are the records in heaven. This, therefore, is the sealing and binding power, and in one sense of the work, the keys of the kingdom, which consist in the key of knowledge. And now my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul ways concerning the fathers - ‘that they without us cannot be made perfect - neither can we without our dead be made perfect.’ And now, in relation to the baptism for the dead, I will give you another quotation of Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:29: ‘Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?’ And again, in connection with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the restoration of the priesthood, the glories to be revealed in the last days, and in an especial manner this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel, namely, the baptism for the dead: for Malachi says, last chapter, verse 5th and 6th; ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.’” D&C 128:14 - 17

Of all the people in the world, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have reason to be more accurate in their genealogical research than anyone else. This is a matter of eternal significance for us, not just a hobby . . . Why would the church spend so much effort, time, money and resources on filming the records of the world and providing the Family History Library if we do not need to do research?

“When using this form to submit names for temple ordinances . . . only you can ensure that the information is as accurate and complete as practical. Please take every reasonable step to see that this happens. This will help maintain the integrity of church genealogical files and reduce duplication of temple ordinance work” – Family group sheet

“Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.” (D&C 128:24)
Earlier in this section, Joseph Smith discusses the importance of the church keeping accurate and complete records. Here he says, as “a people, and as Latter-day Saints” which I take to mean each of us must collect, keep and submit as complete and accurate records as humanly possible.
Our ancestors had very limited resources to identify their ancestors, yet many of them were able to collect vast amounts of information. Their accuracy and consistency suffered because of their lack of resources, not because of their lack of dedication. We have been given so much more, and perhaps it is the responsibility of this generation to improve, verify, prove and complete the collections we have inherited. “For of him unto whom much is given much is required.” – D&C 82:3 Are your records ready to be presented to the Lord?

“The exaltation of our Father's children rests upon the completion of required ordinances, if all are to move forward on the road that leads to immortality and eternal life. The determination of accurate family history records and the work which follows in the temples are basic in this vast undertaking which the Lord has placed upon our shoulders."
– President Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, April 1991

“Although temple ordinances can be performed when only the minimum information is available, try to provide as much information about an ancestor as possible. More complete information identifies your ancestor uniquely so that he or she cannot be confused with another person. With less complete information, ordinances may be done more than once for the same person... Seek the guidance of the Spirit as you determine whether you should do the ordinance work for an ancestor now or try to find more information first.”
– A Members Guide to Temple and Family History Work, pgs 10,13

“The kingdom of God is a house of order because all things obey the law. The temples of the Lord on earth should also be orderly for the same reason. Temple work should not be done in a haphazard or disorderly way. Those who labor for the dead should endeavor to prepare their records in an orderly and systematic manner.
“When names are copied in an improper way and incomplete records are sent to the temples, but one thing will be the result – confusion. The compilers of records should try to find the information so that records can be made in family groups with all the necessary data for correct identification. When names are taken out of books without any accompanying information that will identify them… it will more than likely have to be done over again… researchers will make fewer mistakes and in the end save time and means by giving more attention to their recording. It is the disposition of many of the people to hurry their work along in an unorganized fashion because of their zeal for temple work. Patience, accompanied by prayer and thorough research, will prove best in the end.”
– Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol 2, p 208

“Because of the sacred nature of this work, members should be diligent in ensuring the accuracy of all information submitted. Important policies have been established to facilitate family history research and the submission of names to the temple for ordinance work.”
– Temple Ready Reference Guide (1995) p.1, “Members Responsibility”

"Limit Research to Own Kindred. No person has a right to select names promiscuously of any family and go to the temple to perform the work for them. This cannot be tolerated, for it would lead to confusion and duplication of work. Let each family do the work for their own dead kindred, as they may have the right, and if they do work for others, it must be at the instance and with the consent of the living relatives who are immediately concerned.” Joseph Fielding Smith

“Some of us get so enthusiastic over this temple work that we are not willing to abide by the rules and the regulations and to confine ourselves to our own line, but we want to spread out into the other fellow’s line, and we want to do the work because we readily find names that belong to somebody else, and that method of work for the dead is not permissible. It is all right to help others do their work, if we do that with proper consent, but each family group is entitled to do the work for its particular line.
-- Joseph Fielding Smith Jr, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol 2, p 207-208

"Genealogical research is an "offering in righteousness." We have asked the members of the Church to further the work of turning the hearts of the children to the fathers by getting their sacred family records in order. These records, including especially the "book containing the records of our dead: (D&C 128:24), are a portion of the “offering in righteousness: referred to by Malachi (3:3), which we are to present in His holy temple, and without which we shall not abide the day of His coming." – Spencer W. Kimball, "Marriage". Millennial Star, 2. April 1970


“Although temple ordinance can be performed when only the minimum information is available, try to provide as much information about an ancestor as possible. More complete information identifies your ancestor uniquely so that he or she cannot be confused with another person.”
– A Member’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work (1993) p. 10

“Although the submission rules have been simplified, you should still do all you can to completely identify your ancestors. The more complete your information is, the less chance there is that temple ordinances will be duplicated.”
– Submitting Names for Temple Ordinances (1987) p. 11
"We must do temple work for ourselves and our own kindred dead. The building of temples has deep significance for ourselves and mankind, and our responsibilities become clear. We must accomplish the priesthood temple ordinance work necessary for our own exaltation; then we must do the necessary work for those who did not have the opportunity to accept the gospel in life. Doing work for others is accomplished in two steps: first, by family history research to ascertain our progenitors; and second, by performing the temple ordinances to give them the same opportunities afforded to the living.
"If the Jews were to answer for the blood of their progenitors because they neglected the salvation of their dead, then may we not in propriety ask if we will not also have to answer for the blood of our righteous dead if we neglect these ordinances in their behalf?.
"With regard to temple and family history work, I have one overriding message: This work must hasten. The work waiting to be done is staggering and escapes human comprehension. Last year we performed proxy temple endowments for about five and a half million persons, but during that year about fifty million persons died. This might suggest futility in the work that lies before us, but we cannot think of futility. Surely the Lord will support us if we use our best efforts in carrying out the commandment to do family history research and temple work.
"Our family history records should be accurate. In our [family history] work, we are establishing records that will be used for years to come. We believe in the divine purpose of searching our pedigrees and must be willing to employ every resource in making our record complete, accurate, and factual for the purpose of accomplishing the responsibility of effective temple work, and to compile a record upon which others can rely.
– "Teachings of Howard W. Hunter", 1, 3, & 10. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company. 1997

“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” – Luke 22:32

“When you help a member trying to do Family History, don’t see that single person. See hundreds and perhaps thousands of their ancestors who will be praying fo be found and liberated, and think of the faithful missionaries who have waited with them. As you do, you will feel not only the urgency of your service, but confidence that prayers, some from this side of the veil and more on the other will be answered.”
– Elder Henry B. Eyring, Satellite Training Broadcast, May 2000

“‘The time of harvest is come’ (D&C 101:64). A new era of family history work has arrived. As President Gordon B. Hinckley recently noted, ‘The Lord has inspired skilled men and women in developing new technologies which we can use to our great advantage in moving forward this sacred work.’ Previously, efforts have focused on gathering names and dates and organizing that information. Now, computer products are available that can actually guide you to find your kindred.” – Russell M. Nelson, Conference Report, Apr. 1998, 45; or Ensign, May 1998, 35

“…Our efforts to promote temple and family history work should be such as to accomplish the work of the Lord, not impose guilt on his children… Members of this church have many individual circumstances – age, health, education… and many others. If we encourage members in this work without taking these individual circumstances into account, we may do more to impose guilt than to further the work.
“ In the work of redeeming the dead there are many tasks to be performed…all members should participate by prayerfully selecting those ways that fit their personal circumstances at a particular time. This should be done under the influence of the Spirit of the Lord… Our effort is not to compel everyone to do everything, but to encourage everyone to do something.
“Leaders should encourage members to determine, according to the promptings of the Spirit, what temple and family history work they can do ‘in wisdom and order’ consistent with their own ‘strength and means’ (see Mosiah 4:27, D&C 10:4).” “There are many different things our members can do to help in the redeeming of the dead, in temple and family history work. Some involve callings. Others are personal. All are expressions of devotion and discipleship. All present opportunities for sacrifice and service.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, June 1989, 6

“There must be this chain in the holy Priesthood; it must be welded together from the latest generation that lives on the earth back to Father Adam, to bring back all that can be saved and placed where they can receive salvation and glory in some kingdom.”
– Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1941], p. 407

"Going hand and hand with this increased temple activity is an increase in our family history work. The computer in its various ramifications is accelerating the work, and people are taking advantage of the new techniques being offered to them. How can one escape the conclusion that the Lord is in all of this? As computer facilities improve the number of temples grows to accommodate the accelerated family History work.
– President Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, Oct 1999

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will out last it.” William James

“Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.” – D&C 64:33

“…By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord…bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” – Alma 37:6-7

“The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the case of deeds that move the wheels of the world. Small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.” – Fellowship of the Ring

“He is invited to great things who receives small things greatly.” – Author unknown

“When we are forgotten, we cease to exist.” Merlin

"Every man (or woman!) is a quotation from his ancestors." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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