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Recently, Guy has been showing interest in doing family history and indexing. And ever since he listened to a young woman in our ward give a talk in sacrament meeting about how indexing is a "whirlpool of righteousness" and can be very "addictive"...Guy has been all in! Something that is good AND addictive? Sounds dangerous, let's do it!
This is great news for me, because ever since hearing all of the promises recently given by the apostles on how doing family history can bless and protect our youth, I've been anxious to introduce Guy to family history.
Some of the promises/advisories are as follows:
Elder Bednar: Many of you may think work is to be performed primarily by older people. But I know of no age limit described in the scriptures or guidelines announced by Church leaders restricting this important service to mature adults. You are sons and daughters of God, children of the covenant, and builders of the kingdom. You need not wait until you reach an arbitrary age to fulfill your responsibility to assist in the work of salvation for the human family.
Elder Bednar, "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn": It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation.
Elder Bednar: As you respond in faith to this invitation, your hearts shall turn to the fathers. The promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be implanted in your hearts. Your patriarchal blessing, with its declaration of lineage, will link you to these fathers and be more meaningful to you. Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will increase. Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding. And I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.
Linda S. Reeves, "Protection from Pornography": Remember that living Apostles have also promised that as we search out our ancestors and prepare our own family names for the temple, we will be protected now and throughout our lives as we keep ourselves worthy of a temple recommend.5 What promises!
Elder Walker, "Live True to the Faith": The more connected we feel to our righteous forefathers, the more likely we are to make wise and righteous choices.
Elder Cook, "Roots and Branches": If the youth in each ward will not only go to the temple and do baptisms for their dead but also work with their families and other ward members to provide the family names for the ordinance work they perform, both they and the Church will be greatly blessed.
So what are you waiting for? The Whirlpool of Righteousness awaits...and the water's fine!
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