LDS Family History helps us find out who we are, where we came from and what we are all about! And…you don’t even have to be LDS to use the resources!
Are you an LDS family history junkie, a called consultant or just a smart parent who recognizes the promises to your children of protection from the adversary? Either way-I hope this post will help you with some ideas and inspiration to help you bring family History to life in your home with fun family history activities for youth that will help provide that extra protection for your children.
LDS Family History Youth Fireside
I was not prepared to serve in an LDS Family History calling with the youth but was quickly led to some amazing ideas online and combined with my seminary students suggestions-was able to put together a very productive event!
- We began in the chapel with two youth sharing a story each of one of their ancestors. They even dressed the part!
- Then, I shared a brief testimony of family history and an experience I had in finding an ancestor.
- Our Bishop then shared his amazing testimony of this work.
- After about 30 minutes we went back to the cultural hall, where tables and chairs were set up along with a “Cookies and Milk Bar.” (no food by devices)
- Previous to the fireside, everyone was asked to bring a device that they could use to get on the internet with. Some brought their parents phone, ipad or laptop.
- I recruited as many former and current family history consultants that I could think of. We also had a few parents come to help as well.
- You do need to be 13 to have your own account, so help of parents with younger ones was great.
- We were able to get almost every single youth their own account that night!
- We also did a few fun things with apps like relatives around me, on Family Tree. We discovered in one way or another we were related to a lot of people in our ward. The kids and adults enjoyed that!
Hard Work Produces Great Results
The end of this story is that three weeks later, we took our youth to the temple. Forty-six youth attended that night and brought almost 200 family names. It was an amazing night! This was by far the MOST fun LDS family history activity for youth!
Since that time we have called a Laurel and a Priest as Youth Family History Consultants and are working on more names.
Be creative with LDS Family History
One activity the kids wanted to do is a Family Pot Luck Dinner with each age group. Each youth will bring a family recipe and share a story about that person. Nothing like food and family!
I am still new to this calling but have felt the Spirit of Elijah working with our youth and our family.
There are three quotes I constantly use with this calling and here they are:
Elder David A. Bednar
“As you respond in faith to this invitation, your hearts shall turn to the fathers. The promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be implanted in your hearts. Your patriarchal blessing with it’s declaration of lineage, will link you to these fathers and be more meaningful to you. Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will increase. Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding. 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.”
Speaking to the youth, Elder Bednar also said,
“Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate the work of the Lord-not just to communicate quickly with your friends.”
Elder Richard G. Scott
“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for sacred, vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple and stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost….I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life. ”
I know that what our prophets testify of will come to pass. I hope that all youth and adults alike will take these promises to heart and allow the Spirit of Elijah to change our lives.
A Few More Fun Family History Ideas For Youth
- Make a Christmas gift for a parent using and online photoshop such as (Shutterfly, Costco, etc) Put together a book of their life, the life of one of their parents, an anniversary book with a picture of them each year!
- Find memories on Family Tree of ancestors such as journals, personal histories, photographs and make copies. Have them bound and keep in on a coffee table for people to look through while they relax.
- Make a Family Picture Wall with matching frames.
- Make a Missionary Wall of Fame- photos of family members when they were on missions dating back to early days.
- Put Family History apps on your phone so it is easy to do work while waiting for a class to start, waiting in a carpool line, or any other time you have 5 extra minutes with nothing to do. Things change every day. New names are added, people found. There is always more to do.