Midvale Union Fort
 Multi-Stake Family History Center
540 East 7155 South in Midvale
 (just north of fire station) Please use north door      
Phone: (801) 569-1621 
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Research Tactics Lesson 10
Bless and Strengthen Living Families
“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

“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
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Discussion & Theory
Turn the Hearts of the Children to Their Fathers
Introducing children to their ancestors is fun and fairly easy. It just takes thinking about it and weaving it into your normal activities. Here’s some ideas:

Bedtime stories - Instead of fictitious characters, tell your children interesting stories about you and your ancestors.

Games - For family night, help the children create a fun match up game. Cut a set of uniform size cards. On one card glue a picture of an ancestor with his/her name. On the match card, have a child draw a picture of what that ancestor does. Example: Wayne Strong made clocks: Wayne on one card and clocks on the other card. Martha Bush was a school teacher: Martha on one card and drawing of school or teaching on other. When several matches are finished, the family can play match.

Create a Booklet - Gather interesting stories about an ancestor. Ask older children to each take one story and write a simple version. Ask younger children to each illustrate one story. Put together, add a cover and bind with spiral binder–great for later story times or Primary talks.

Picture on Wall - Pictures stimulate discussion, whether it is of Grandpa in a cornfield, a plat map of Great, Great Grandpa’s property, or hair weaving from Great Grandma.

Treasure Hunt - On Pioneer Day or some other gathering, send the teenagers and young adults out on a treasure hunt photographing ancestor’s headstones. Include names, maps and directions. A prize plus yummy food completes a fun day.

Find-A-Grave - Once teens have gathered photos of headstones, have a family night activity where they take turns entering information about an ancestor in Find-A-Grave and upload the photo.

Is your mind going? Add your own thoughts to the list.
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Bring to Class This Week:
1. Show & Tell item that helps turn hearts of children to their fathers
2. Evaluation Form - filled out
3. The file for the family you are working on and flash drive for transporting new finds
4. Optional: Your family computer file to work on in class
5. If you have someone you want to take to the temple, bring the information on that person

Lesson Materials:
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 Evaluation Form 

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Homework for the rest of your life:
1. Share family history with your family.
2. Keep a journal of your impressions and little miracles as you search for ancestors.

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