Director Ken Fugal reminded us that great blessings results from the family history work we are doing, both to us and those in the spirit world. We occasionally have glimpses that help us to understand the urgency of the work. One night Wilford Woodruff had a vision of Joseph Smith and others in heaven. Joseph was in a hurry and could not stop to talk with Wilford. Many people were in a hurry. After a bit, Joseph passed by Wilford again. Wilford stopped him and asked why he and everyone were hurried. Joseph replied, “I will tell you Brother Woodruff. Every dispensation that has had the Priesthood on the earth and has gone into the Celestial Kingdom has had a certain amount of work to do to prepare to go to the earth with the Savior when He goes to reign on the earth. Each dispensation has had ample time to do this work. We have not. We are the last dispensation and so much work has to be done [that] we need to be in a hurry in order to accomplish it!”
March 11, 2014 Staff Meeting Summary
Monthly Business: Cheryl Fugal
- We have just received several short-term microfilms. These are located in the top drawer of the microfilm cabinet in the auxiliary room. Patrons are not allowed to remove microfilms from our Center.
- Are Family History Center announcements appearing in your ward program? If not, please talk to your ward bulletin specialist and see if they are getting the monthly emails. if not please get their email address and contact assistant director Lynda Sorensen.
Ancestry 2, Tuesday, March 18 at 11am and Thursday March 20 at 7pm- Cheryl Fugal
Searching Records in Family Search, Tuesday, April 1 at 11am and Thursday April 3 at 7pm- Sheryl Kempton
1. Working with Patrons– Pat Cuthbert
Pat related the story told by L. Whitney Clayton at the Family History Consultants fireside address, November, 2007. He said, “When my wife, Kathy, and I were dating, she joined our family after Christmas for a brief vacation. One night the two of us, along with my father, were busy assembling a mammoth puzzle. We began to give order to what seemed to me like 5,000 bits of disconnected cardboard. My father and Kathy made quick progress as they easily found and placed pieces on the table in just the right places. Kathy noticed that I wasn’t doing very well. She studied for a few moments, then took several pieces from here and there on the table and put them in front of me. She showed me where they went and said to my father as I put them in place, ‘I wanted him to have a success experience.’ Because family history has been something I postponed and approached without much confidence, something I just never quite found time to get around to, I needed someone to help me have a success experience.”
Are we making sure that our patrons at the Family History Center are having those success experiences?
2. Our Family History Mission in London– Ron and Hildred Cobia
Brother and Sister Cobia recently returned from serving in the England London Mission as family history missionaries. Their assignment was at the London Family History Center, presently located in the British National Archives, TNA. They shared some of their experiences working with patrons, most not members of the LDS Church. People in the UK have a great respect for the Church and the efforts that have been made to preserve and make records available to those searching out their family history. Many of the patrons the Cobias worked with expressed appreciation to them and to the Church.
3. Puzilla and Tree Connect– Marilyn Thomsen
Sister Susan Young Gates once asked her father, Brigham Young, how it would ever be possible to accomplish the great amount of temple work that must be done, if all are given a full opportunity for exaltation. He told her there would be many inventors of labor-saving devices, so that our daily duties could be performed in a short time, leaving us more and more time for Temple work.
Marilyn share a couple of labor-saving devices that actually help us in family history work- Puzilla and Tree Connect. See attachment. Puzzila and other apps
For Your Information:
- Just a reminder that the new keypad on the outside door to the Center uses the same number but adds the * key at the end.
- Remember to push the lock button on the key pad on the Center door when you lock up.
- Staff needs:
1 sister or couple to work Wednesday afternoon
1 couple and individual to work Thursday evening
2 brothers or a couple to work Saturday morning
If you know of someone, perhaps a family history consultant in your ward who would be available, please let us know and we will contact our priesthood leaders.
April 5, General Conference