Orem Sunset Heights Family History Center

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September 8 Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting Summary

Director Ken Fugal shared the following:
It’s Not About Me                                                           
Let’s talk about me- well, actually you.
If this time and work is all about you, you would be very poor in helping others. I recently had an experience to illustrate this:
I was a patron doing ordinances. The worker assisting was irritating me because he was demanding and nit picking (or at least I thought so). I was getting mad. Then it hit me- it’s not about me at all. It’s all about the person I was being proxy for. That’s why I was there at the Temple.
The Savior’s life was not about Him. It was all about others. That is why you and I are doing this work: for the patrons that come, and for our ancestors who have gone on ahead of us.

Assistant Director, Sharlene Gardner, shared information about what is happening in her ward, Lakeview 5th, with the challenge to take a name to the Temple:
There is a poster that displays shaded areas that represent ward members who have reserved names for the Temple.

Lakeview 5th Ward

Lakeview 5th Ward

Sharlene encouraged us, as consultants, to take the initiative. Go up to ward members individually and ask, have you found your name yet? Would you like some help? Can we set a date to work together?
Here are some of the things Sharlene uses with her ward members:

Click on the links to see Sharlene’s handouts:

Worksheet for helping a member do Descendancy Research

Finding a Name

Monthly Business:

1. New Staff

We welcome Judy Williamson from the Cherry Hill 6th Ward who will be serving on Tuesday mornings.

2. Upcoming classes:

Tuesday, September 15, 11 AM repeated at 7 PM, Historical Records on FamilySearch, Instructor: Cheryl Fugal
Tuesday, September 29, 7 PM, New Convert Night, Instructors: Rod and Pat Cuthbert
Tuesday, October 6, 11 AM repeated 7 PM, Cemetery Search, Instructor: Marilyn Ellis

3. Moms and Tots

We are starting our Moms and Tots class again on October 19. This is a monthly class and we are looking for help. Please talk with Joy Stubbs if you or anyone you know might be interested. The helper need not be a staff member or someone who is proficient in family history. They would work with the children using prewritten lesson plans while the staff works with the moms.


1. Working with Patrons- Pat Cuthbert

Pat asked how we as staff members have used the summer, when we are not as busy with patrons, to improve our skills. Answers included:
Working on my own family tree.
Going to classes offered at the Center and at various conferences.
Watching over another staff members shoulder when they are helping a patron with something I don’t know how to do.
Learning to index.

2. Tech Tips- Don Kimball

Don introduced the new abbreviated Sign In/Out. As we do not have to provide as much information in our monthly reports to the Church, we have tailored the questions on the Sign In/Out to fit the information we need. If you have any difficulties with the new system please email Don directly at don_kimball@hotmail.com.

3. Family Tree Details Page- Jeanne Gunnell

Jeanne went over all of the information, including the new messaging system, on the details page of an individual in FamilySearch Family Tree.

Click on link to see an overview of the presentation:

FamilySearch Person Page Presentation

For Your Information:

  1. The Family History Guide is now available.

(http://www.thefhguide.com/)  More on this at the October staff meeting.

  1. Reminder to turn off the fan if you are closing down the Center.


Next staff meeting: October 13

September and October FHC Ads:

September Ad

October Ad




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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