Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center
Staff Meeting May 8, 2018
Welcome: Brent Gardner
Opening Prayer: Jack Bingham
Spiritual Thought: Sharlene Gardner
Tom Fletcher is the high councilor over family history in the Sunset Heights Stake. His father is over 90 years old. Up until last year he was doing 25 endowments a week and he expected his son to provide all the names! Tom admits it was a real challenge to keep up with his father. Once, the children suggested doing something else they also felt was worthy of their time, and his father’s response was “But this work is eternal! “
Elder Eyring”s conference talk a year ago was about temple and family history work,
The work of gathering Heavenly Father’s family is not just for young people, and it is not just for grandparents. It is for everyone. We are all gatherers.
This is the work of our generation, what the Apostle Paul called “the dispensation of the fullness of times,” when he said God would “gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Ephesians 1:10).
At the start of this year Brent and I initiated a new practice with our extended family of gathering all who could to go to the temple together once a month.
The first time coincided with our granddaughter taking out her endowments before leaving on a mission this week. On this occasion all of us who live in the area gathered at the Provo temple to support Maddie.
The next month we again gathered – this time to do sealings at the Mt.Timpanogos Temple. It took a real commitment to our goal and some serious juggling of schedules though to make it happen. One family had already fit in to their busy schedule a child’s soccer game that morning. Another family had preparations involving a daughter going to prom that evening. Another family lives in Riverton and had the farthest to come. And yet I was so pleased that they all made the effort. As we sat together in the sealing room I could sense the joy we were all experiencing as we participated in the proxy sealing ordinances. It felt wonderful to all be gathered together in that setting. (Unfortunately, Brent had to miss out due to his recent shoulder surgery.)
And then again last month, most of us, including some of the grandchildren this time, were able to attend the Jordan River Open House. So we are off to a good start in meeting our goal and hopefully will be able to keep it going.
I have a testimony that this work does indeed bless the living and the dead. Going to the temple together has helped to unite our family and strengthen us all spiritually.
We love and appreciate each of you for all your efforts to move this work forward. Whether we are doing family history or going to the temple, I, like Brother Fletcher, have a testimony that this work is eternal and worthy of our best efforts.
May 1, 11 am and 7 pm. Patron Class, Van Celaya, “Google”
May 8, 7 pm, Staff Meeting
May 14, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots
May 15, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Jeanne Gunnell, “Find My Past”
May 28, Memorial Day, Center Closed
June 5, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Van Celaya, “Affiliated Apps”
June 12, 7 pm, Staff Meeting
June 19, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Don Kussee, “MyHeritage”
No Classes or Staff Meeting in July
Upcoming Classes: Jeanne Gunnell
Upcoming Needs for Substitutes
Other Needs or Questions
Need additional help on Friday afternoon
- Don Kimball, “Bookmarks on Toolbar”
- Aaron Thacker, “FamilySearch-Tree App”
The FamilySearch-Tree app is FamilySearch’s official mobile app for family history. The greatest benefit of having the FS app is mobility. Now you can work on your family history on the go!
Pedigree: First page. Allows you to easily explore your tree. Only Portrait View is available at this time.
Tasks: The Tasks List gives you a list of things to do for your ancestors and cousins, such as record hints and temple ordinances. The Tasks List pulls in people you’ve recently viewed, the first 5 generations of your ancestors and their children, and any pedigree tree you have viewed. There’s also a toggle for including parents, spouses, and children of people whose records you visit. You may view your relationship using tap-and-hold and remove people from your task list by swiping left.
Temple: Gives you access to your reserved temple ordinances. You can un-reserve, print, or share these ordinances.
Recents: Simply a list of the last 50 people you have visited. Tap on their name to return to their record.
Search Historical Records: Search through indexed records, unindexed collections, and other images by location.
Find a Person: Search for person records using names, relationships, or FS ID numbers.
Map My Ancestors: This feature is very convenient when you are travelling and want to know if you are near where your ancestors lived. You can tap on a life event on the map and get driving instructions to the location. This is based on the standardized locations in their person record. Note that adding the cemetery name to a standardized burial event will give you a more precise location.
Messages: A place for you to view and reply to your FS mail.
Settings: Customize your app settings to fit your personal needs or view your username and helper #.
Help: Gives you access to Contact Support and your Consultant Planner, as well as many other things. Some of these links will take you to the FS website.
My Memories: Tapping this will open the FamilySearch Memories app.
Relatives Around Me: This feature shows you exactly how you are related to anyone else using the feature nearby. Note that this only gives you the closest connection to each person, not every connection.
Closing Prayer: Floyd Billings
NEXT STAFF MEETING June 12, 7 pm