I’m excited that I’ll be speaking at Brigham Young University’s Education Week again this year, August 19-23. Education Week is a unique conference experience where classes are part of an overarching course with a unifying theme. Last year, I taught a course with Olivia Jewell entitled “Families Doing Family History Together.” There were four classes within that course, and one of them was entitled “Experiencing Miracles Together through Family History. I enjoyed preparing that lecture so much, that I proposed the subject as its own course this year. It was accepted, and I’m looking forward to teaching four classes about the miracles that occur as we do family history and temple work.
I titled this year’s course “Sacrifice, Angels, and Miracles in Temple and Family History Work.” The four classes within the course will be:
1. Why Miracles Occur In Temple And Family History Work
2. The Miracle of the Spirit of Elijah
3. Tender Mercies And Help From The Other Side Of The Veil In Temple And Family History Work
4. The Miracle Of Repentance And Healing In Temple And Family History Work
One of my favorite results from teaching this class were the comments and conversations I had with attendees afterward. Many people shared their own experiences of miracles and tender mercies that occurred as they sacrificed time to search for and serve their ancestors through family history and temple work. One man even printed a several-page story about his relative and the fascinating experience he had on his mission in Europe leading him to find lost ancestors and their ancestral home.
Why Miracles Occur in Temple and Family History Work
The first class will be about why so many people see tender mercies, serendipity, and help from the other side in their family history research and temple work. One of my favorite quotes about this is from Elder Richard G. Scott.
“This work is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil, where help is given in both directions. Anywhere you are in the world, with prayer, faith, determination, diligence, and some sacrifice, you can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful.” -Elder Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” October 2012 General Conference
What Miracles Have You Experienced?
I would love to hear about the tender mercies, serendipity, and miracles you have experienced in your family history research and temple work. I am gathering all the stories I can in the hopes that I can share them in my course at Education Week. Of course, I understand that some of these experiences may be too sacred or special to share. If you do feel that you have a story that might benefit those attending this course, please comment below or send me an email. Thank you! Nicole@FamilyLocket.com