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Family History & Temple Responsibilities
High Priests Group Leader (View
The high priests group leader coordinates the ward council‘s efforts to
encourage temple and family history work in the ward. He is accountable
to the bishop for the results of these efforts. He also directs the work
of family history consultants. He receives assistance and training from
the high councilor assigned to temple and family history work.
In wards or branches where there is no high priests group leader, the
elders quorum president or another assigned Melchizedek Priesthood
holder in the ward council fills this role. Below are some examples of
what the high priests group leader does to lead temple and family
Coordinates Ward Council Efforts
The high priests group leader coordinates ward council efforts
Works with the ward council to develop a plan to
encourage individuals and ward auxiliaries to participate more fully
in temple and family history work.
Consults with each member of the ward council to
determine specific ways that temple and family history work can be
used to help the members of their organizations.
Facilitates temple and family history discussions in ward
Organizes ward temple visits.
Directs the Work of Consultants
The high priests group leader:
Consults with the bishopric to recommend members to be called and
set apart as family history consultants.
Ensures that enough consultants are
called to meet the needs of the ward.
Provides direction and assignments to consultants.
Points consultants to the training resources at consultant.familysearch.org and
follows up to ensure they are properly prepared to perform their
This goal comes from Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s
recommendation on page 17 of the new Leader’s
Guide to Temple and Family History Work regarding
what he would consider a successful, well-run program. He says:
“If I were a bishop again I would charge the high priests
group leader with the responsibility to lead out in the ward council on
this subject. I would ensure that we had one or more family history
consultants who were ‘people persons‘ who could work under his
imagine that in the course of a year we could help at least ten
five years, we could have a corps of fifty families active at some level
in family history and its attendant temple work.That to me would be a
successful, well-run program.”
So, if a Family History Consultant (FHC) can effectively work
with 10 families per year…
2 FHC x 10 families x 5 years = 100 families taught
3 FHC x 10 families x 5 years = 150 families taught
4 FHC x 10 families x 5 years = 200 families taught
An average ward has about 100 active families so 4 ward FHC's
could train those interested in 2 years...
can motivate and inspire members to get started but it takes one on one
training to develop lasting skills.
And, in the spirit of “teach correct principles and the people
will govern themselves,” we’re training families, giving them all the tools
they need to be successful with their family history work, and then
they’re off on their own determining what their individual involvement
is going to be.
May the Lord bless our members in this great work on behalf of
our deceased ancestors and their families