Staff Meeting Summary:
Director Ken Fugal shared the following:
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
- It is estimated for every person that has heard the Gospel, 4,000 have not.
- We must remember that from Adam to Jesus Christ temple work was performed for the living only.
- Family history work in this dispensation started out slowly and is now accelerating.
Joseph Smith gave us the essence of the temple endowment in the upper room of his store in Nauvoo in 1842. Endowments for the living were given in the nearly completed Nauvoo Temple in 1846. The first endowments for the dead were performed in the newly completed St. George Temple in 1877, the only temple operating at that time. We now have 150 temples operating throughout the world.
Here are some examples of how we will be able to accelerate this work in the future:
- Increased number of indexed records
- Optical Character Recognition- ability to index records much faster
- Cloud computing: all information stored in the cloud allows faster response
- More people participating, thus more records (lines/links) available.
- More temples being built.
Elder Richard G. Scott stated in the October 2012 General Conference:
“This work is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil, where help is given in both directions. …you can make a powerful contribution…it will make you feel wonderful.”
- Due to the higher summer temperatures, the outside door is more difficult to close. It requires a tug so make sure you pull tight.
- If you notice any problems with the computers or printers, please note this in the computer problem log, located in the closet.
- Calendar and upcoming classes:
1. Working with Patrons– Pat Cuthbert
Summer is a good time to get families, especially youth, involved in Family History. The rising generation is being taught that this is not just an activity for older adults. I invite ward consultants to reach out to families and offer to get their children started. If we offer families with the youth as a focus, parents may feel less threatened with learning the technology. Church policy states:
“Although anyone over the age of 13 may create an account, we encourage all minors seek parental permission before they proceed in creating an account. Children ages 8–12 may create an account only if parental consent is given during the registration process.”
FamilySearch Account April 2013
Elder David A. Bednar invited the youth to learn and experience the Spirit of Elijah. They need to search out their own ancestors and do baptisms for their kindred dead. He said, “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.”]
2. Tech Tips- Troubleshoot with the Computers– Craig Doxey
Troubleshooting with the 4 P’s
- Assess the problem – narrow it down
- Is it one machine, or all?
- Try other browsers, websites, computers
- Ask questions
- When did it last work correctly?
- What happened between then and now?
- Check power cables (firmly in?), power strip
- Check keyboard and mouse cables (unplug, plug back in)
- Projector plugged in?
- Ethernet plugged in?
- Power cycle
- Regular (round button) – hard reboot
- 10-20 seconds
- Make sure no flash drive plugged in (no op system found)
- Internet issue? Routers? Website may be down?
- If it affects all machines & no internet, power cycle router 10-20 sec.
- Router is like the front door to a home – the door to the world
- Check Google
- Lenovo ThinkCentre
- Put in Log:
- Report details to someone with additional skills
- Who, what, when, where
- Don’t accept offers to upgrade or install – cancel admin msg.
- Email BCC to a group and don’t reply all
- Bypass sign in, shift + pause
3. Reserving Ordinances– Sharlene Gardner
4. Searching Individual Data Bases on FamilySearch– Cheryl Fugal
Next Staff Meeting: July 12, 2016