Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Finding our Counsins

Taking our first batch of names to the Snowflake Temple.

This January we went to the Snowflake Temple with family names that Joshua had found on and with names that I had found. We performed about 30 baptisms. Because this was the first time for us to do this we weren't exactly sure what we needed to do when we got to the temple but everyone was very helpful and kind and it wasn't difficult at all. Eileen was baptized for 11 sisters and the boys were each baptized for eleven. It was a wonderful experience and we will be going back soon. 

Update: Last night I did some more searching on FamilySearch and found an additional 103 names to take to the Temple. The names came from the Muse line of my family tree. 

If you have never looked for cousins in your family tree, it is fun and simple. View the video "Finding Our Cousins: Descendancy View" sign-up for your FamilySearch account and get started. If you are unsure how to get started, visit our wonderful Family History Center. I have included information about how to contact them.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Family History Classes offered in January and February

January 22, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Family History Center we will be holding a class on "How to get the most our of your account" - The Webinar is about 1 hour with Questions & Answers to follow. If you haven't registered for your free subscription, we can help you after class to do so.

February 12, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Family History Center we will be holding a class on "How to use Legacy Family Tree" This is one of the three Genealogy Software Programs approved by the Church to Sync with We will go over the importance of having your own Software Program at home to keep track of your Family History.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Area Family History Newsletter

Check out this wonderful Family History Newsletter published by our Area Family History Consultants. The newsletter is 10 pages long and has lots of good information and several great links that will you take you to temple videos and other useful family history sites. Below you can view two of the ten pages but to read the full newsletter click here: Family History Newsletter

Friday, July 4, 2014

Capture the Flag & The Spirit of Elijah

Guest contributor - Paul Otto

Recently, I have felt a renewed pull toward family history and temple work. Over the past month, I’ve had several opportunities to testify of the importance of family history work as I shared the June home teaching message. I also felt impressed to review Elder Cook’s General Conference talk “Roots and Branches” during a family home evening lesson. As part of the activity portion of our FHE, we went to the high school football field and played capture the flag. At the end, I drew my family together at the center of the field and explained how the game related to the lesson. We discussed what it felt like to be stuck in “jail” and unable to play.  We also talked about how it felt to be tagged out of jail and to be able to play again. I spoke of our ancestors who are stuck in spirit prison waiting to be “tagged out” by one of us through our family history efforts and performing ordinances in their behalf. I read to them (by the light of my phone) about our opportunity to do for our ancestors what they cannot do for themselves, as Christ has done for us.

As I taught Elder Cook’s message, I felt that there is a greater meaning to the eternal nature of family than I had previously understood. I felt that family on the other side of the veil continues to intervene and petition the Lord for family on this side of the veil. I loved what Elder Nelson said that the Spirit of Elijah is really the Spirit testifying of the divinity of family.

These experiences of reading, testifying, and remembering previous promptings and experiences with family history led me to feel a sense of concern that perhaps my ancestors were currently doing more for me than I have been doing for them. The thought of facing them when I enter the spirit world and perhaps learning of their loving acts in my behalf, while I was here on earth, motivated me to act.

I’ve been spending time most evenings adding ancestors to FamilySearch. Because I was the first to join the church in my family, there is a lot of temple work to be done. Last week I was able to perform 15 initiatory ordinances for male family members. This week I found five family members whose names and information I previously had not known. Janet and I have been spending time with our kids on Sundays helping them find ancestors and hoping they’ll catch the Spirit of Elijah as well.

I continue to feel that there is more to learn about the sacred nature of families. I believe the work of salvation is really hastening. I believe the increase in temples on the earth is not only for the convenience of the living but also due to the pace of the work on the other side of the veil. I believe that miracles are happening in this work!

Paul Otto and his family live and work in St. Johns, Arizona.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Thing Called - PUZZILLA

Not too long ago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduced a new program called Puzzilla. You can access it through FamilySearch but it has it's own address:

Here is a description of what Puzzilla can do for you.
"Looking for new relatives to take to the temple? Is your pedigree picked over? Is there really no work left for you and your family to do? The Descendants Viewer lets you see hundreds of descendants of your ancestors from an aerial view using compact symbols to reveal patterns of incomplete research. You can pick up where prior research left off. Click on a pedigree ancestor and Puzzilla will show you their descendants, revealing holes where research might uncover spouses, children, and generations of relatives waiting for you to find them."
This chart, created by Puzzilla, shows me at the bottom and my 4th great-grandfather, Olaf Olfson Ahlbom at the top of the chart, nine places over from the left.

This chart was created by selecting Olaf Olfson Ahlbom and having Puzzilla create a descendant chart that shows all of his descendants.
Puzzilla - This link will take you to a video that demonstrates what Puzzilla can do for you. Just three minutes long. This is really cool!

Find our Cousins - This link will take you to a talk given by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He gave this address at the Family Discovery Day devotional for youth in conjunction with the RootsTech Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 8, 2014.

Here is a quote from his talk: "These are your days. You were born in a time of temples and technology. These are your days to more fully turn your hearts to your fathers and bring these saving ordinances to millions within our families. These are your days to prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior."

Puzzilla is a great tool for finding missing cousins and linking our families together. I invite you to learn about this new program and give it a try. You just might find a missing cousin for whom you can do their temple work.