Orem Sunset Heights Family History Center

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March 10, 2015 Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting Summary

Director Ken Fugal shared the following:

Temple Ordinances Restored

I thought it would be of interest to review the sequence of instituting temple ordinances in the Restoration.

Joseph Smith gave us the essence of the temple endowment in the upper room of his store in Nauvoo in 1842. When the Nauvoo temple was nearing completion, many endowments for the living were performed in 1846 prior to the saints leaving for the west. Endowments for the living continued in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.

The St. George temple was completed in 1877 and was the only temple operating in the Church until the Manti and Logan temples were later built. In January 1877, in the St. George Temple, the first endowments for the dead were performed. Wilford Woodruff of the Quorum of the Twelve was the Temple President. During his time as the St. George Temple president, Wilford Woodruff received revelations that would shape the way we perform temple work today:

  • Endowments for the dead were first performed.
  • Ordinances for the dead could now be performed by people other than being a direct descendant. (This really opened the way for more ordinances to be performed.)
  • Signers of the Declaration of Independence appeared to Wilford Woodruff and pleaded with him to have their temple work performed since they felt they played such a great role in facilitating, or opening the way for the Restoration.

These are illustrations of the great interest and anxiousness of our ancestors to have their work performed, and of the great work you (Family History Staff) are performing.

 Monthly Business:

  1. We are looking for someone on staff who has experience with Mac computers to be a resource for our Mac using patrons. Contact one of directors if you have a recommendation.
  2. We encourage our staff to attend the classes offered at the Family History Center.Class Ad for staff email









  1. You are invited to visit the FamilySearch Discovery Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building with our Family History Center staff on March 31 at 4 pm. It’s been described as a Star Trek–meets-genealogy type of experience. Talk to Joy Stubbs for details or you may schedule an appointment at https://familysearch.org/discoverycenter. Click on Schedule Visit.
  2. Here are some items that you should be aware of in regard to security:
  • There has been vandalism to a car parked at our Center. The police and stake leaders have been informed but you may want to keep your eyes open and park directly in front of the Center.
  • If there is a homeless individual in the building, do not approach them but call the police. The phone number is on the information sheet on the bulletin board.
  • If there is someone in the Center who is causing problems, close up the Center and leave the building.
  • Please don’t give anyone money. This compounds the problem. Refer them to the Transient Bishops office that is located by Deseret Industries in Provo.


1. Working with Patrons: Managing our Physical Facilities – Pat Cuthbert

Staff generated ideas in answer to the question posed: What can we do with our physical facilities to make them better for our patrons?

  • Smile and ask, What  can we help you with?
  • Use the sticky roller mop to keep the carpet clean.
  • The computers are cleaned weekly with disinfectant wipes but if someone with a cold has been using a computer, wipe it down after they leave. (Wipes are in the microfilm reader closet.)
  • Straighten the chairs and monitors.
  • Keep the noise level down by talking quietly (library voices), taking calls in the hall and encouraging those calling FamilySearch to get on a computer in the auxiliary room.

2. Tech Tips: Don Kimball- Advanced Google Searches

When searching in Google and other search engines, you can use some of the following to focus your search:

  • Search for all terms: Thomas Spencer Monson
  •  Search for any of the following, not all: Thomas OR Spencer OR Monson
  •  Exact phrases: surround with quote: “Thomas Spencer Monson”
  •  Exact phrases with wildcards: use “*”: “Thomas * Monson”
  •  Require certain terms: use “+”: Thomas Spencer Monson +diabetes or Thomas Spencer Monson +”Deseret News”
  •  Exclude certain search terms or phrases: use “-“: Thomas Spencer Monson -Utes or Thomas Spencer Monson -“University of Utah”
  • Search for a certain number range (i.e. years): use “..” between the two values: 1830..1850 (will look for any year between 1830 and 1850)

Source: http://www.google.com/advanced_search

3. Adding Photos to Family Tree: Marilyn Thomsen

Family Tree Photos for FHC- Marilyn Thomsen

For Your Information:

1. Patrons who bring laptops into the Center may connect using our Family History Center Access. The wireless key is the phone number of the Center without any dashes. This is also on the information sheet on the bulletin board.

2. If you are going to be gone for your assigned shift let the others on your shift know. If there are at least 2 others who will be there you do not need to get a sub. At least 2 staff members need to be present to have the Center open. We need to be gender conscious. If there will not be 2 staff there you will need to get a sub. A staff member may invite his/her spouse or family member to serve as a substitute. To find the names and phone numbers of staff, go to our blog at https://sunsetheightsfhc.wordpress.com/. On the drop down menu under Staff, select Shifts. The password is the name of the menu item and is case sensitive.

3. If you love family history and children, consider helping Joy Stubbs and Marilyn Ellis in our Moms and Tots class on Monday mornings. The next classes are March 23, 30, April 27 and May 18.   

Moms and Tots                                            

Next Staff Meeting: April 14

Looking ahead: Our May staff meeting will be one week early on May 5.






Author: Orem Sunset Heights FHC

We offer one-on-one assistance with family history research, free access to subscription websites and classes on FamilySearch, Family Tree, subscription websites and various research topics. Open Hours Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm and 6:30 pm to 9 pm

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