Sally and Ed join us to lend their insights on taking names to the temple, and how the Take a Name app can assist us in our family history work.
Hi I’m Amy, your Family History Tech Coach, and I’m here with two very special people today to help me introduce an app called Take a Name. This app works directly with FamilySearch.org to help you find names to take to the temple. These two very special people, Sally and Ed, are my husband’s parents! I’m so glad they’re here with us today to help me with this workout.
We’re going to talk with them about why we take a name to the temple. Sally and Ed have been working in the temple for many years. In the temple presidency in the Anchorage, Alaska Temple, and are currently serving in the Boston Temple as missionaries.
So, Sally, can you tell me a little bit about why we take names to the temple?
SALLY: In our church we believe the temple is the place where we perform the special ordinances that enable us to return to be with our Heavenly Father again. These [ordinances] are performed strictly in the temples, and bring the whole human family back together that we might live as a family with Heavenly Father.
AMY: That’s beautiful, thank you. Now Ed, this app is called Take a Name. What does it mean to “take a name” to the temple?
ED: The name is a reminder that behind that name is a real person who lived on the earth, lived and died, and laughed and cried, and did all the things we do here today. This provides the opportunity for them to be able to participate in these ordinances by proxy, so they can have the same opportunities all of our Heavenly Father’s children have. It’s an eternal project in a sense, that all of this is being done for the benefit of the Lord’s children, eternally, not just here on this earth.
AMY: So, as genealogists and family history researchers, we find most people will do their family history just to find out more about themselves and their family to apply it here on earth, but as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we take it just a step further, because–
ED: Because we all belong to a larger family, the family of our Father in Heaven. He is literally our Father, and He wants all of His children to come back to His presence, so it’s our purpose here on earth to find those people, who have not had these ordinances so they can likewise receive, and return back to the presence of their Heavenly Father who wants them back very badly.
AMY: Earlier in the church, before we had technology like we do today for family history, we would just have a name and a date, and we would take that person’s name to the temple and do ordinances for them. Now that we have access to so much more technology, we are capable of so much more. So, what are some of the things we do from this app, if someone were going to use it, since I introduced it to you a couple of months ago? How have you used it?
SALLY: Well, we’ve had some fun with it! It’s found a lot of names for me that I didn’t know were available. And just as a little side note, after we learned how to use it, we had a special meeting where we taught some of our friends, other missionaries, and the temple presidency how to use this app. Their ability to take names to the temple has increased dramatically, and we’ve seen people bringing names in who weren’t doing it before. What’s really kind of fun about this is you get a whole big list of names. The app searches the entire database, and comes up with names that supposedly are connected to you or related to you, but then you have to do a bit of work with it. You don’t just take these names to the temple automatically. That’s where your work comes in. You have to check to make sure they are actually related, which can all be done on Family Search, and make sure they are not duplicate names, no sense in doing the work three or four times for the same person, and make sure they are not infants. You just go through this kind of checklist of the things that are required to take names to the temple. If it is somebody who has been deceased, they have to be a direct line relative and be deceased for at least 110 years. These things that I’m sure Amy has been teaching you in her workouts, they all apply.
AMY: Perfect! So, Ed, I really enjoyed introducing you to the app, because you’re very tech savvy to begin with —
ED: And I’m a great student.
AMY: You picked it up super fast. How do you use this app? What do you like about it?
ED: Well it’s one of those things wherever you are, if you’ve got a smart phone and are connected to internet in some way or another, you can use this app anywhere. It will go through the database and perhaps reveal to you some names for which some work needs to be done and ordinances need to be done in the temple. So this is something you can use 24/7, even while you sleep in a sense that the app will work for you and provide information for you at a time that is convenient for you to work on it.
AMY: Many of us have extensive family history lines, and this app goes deep into those lines to find as many names as possible that need their work to be done.
It’s going to be a fun app to use with you as we go through this workout, so stick with me, and we will cover click-by-click how to use this app. Let’s get to it!