Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Youth Computer Scavenger Challenge for September and October

Youth Computer Scavenger Hunt
Any youth who earns 500 points by the ward Halloween party will earn a very fun prize from our prize basket!  Whoever earns the most points will earn the grand prize and it will be awesome!

1.    Create your Family Search login (10 points)

2.    Help someone else to create a Family Search login (25 points)

3.    Fill out "My Family" booklet (25 points)

4.    Print out your genealogy fan and put it on your bedroom wall (20 points)

5.    Consult one on one with of our ward consultants on new ways to find names on your particular lines (40 points):
·      Ward Family History Youth Consultant Sister Hakes in class or call (575) 621 6584
·      Ward Consultants Brother and Sister Saddler during class

6.    Train someone else to fill out their information on (75 points)

7.    With your parents help (they must create a log in At the same time) create your own account that you can use in family history class (75 points)

8.    Go to the and read any article and publish a comment (20 points)

9.    On the site look at August 24, 2016 post “Youth Projects” and complete any one of the projects for (100 points)  if you complete more than 1 project than you will earn (50 extra points) for each additional project.

10.  Make a “meme” using an ancestor’s photo and post it (50 points)

11.  Take a family name to the temple and do their baptism and confirmation (100 points).  if you complete more than 1 project than you will earn (50 extra points) for each additional name.

12. Have your parents or someone else take each name that you have had baptized and confirmed and have them complete the initiatory, endowment and if applicable sealing (150 points), for each additional name you will earn (75 extra points)

13.  Add ancestor’s photos to their profile in Family Search (10 points per picture posted)

14. Add stories to an ancestor’s profile in Family Search (30 points per story posted)

15.  Add documents to an ancestor’s profile in Family Search (30 points per document posted)

16.  Interview grandparents, and great grandparents about their life and document it in their family search (50 points per family member)

17.  Go through the “Quick Training” section on Family Search for indexing (45 points)

18.  Find and Finish an indexing project (75 points)

19.  Visit and find a “cousin” that needs temple work (75 points)

20.  Check in with one of the ward’s family history consultants and show your progress for candy (20 points)

4 Fun Ways to Make Family History Come to Life

This is a repost of the Official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Blog.  All rights reserved.

Know Who’s Who

One of the easiest ways to get started with family history is simply to know who’s who, and a decorative family tree is a great way to do that. The Family Tree Printable Keepsake pulls names from your FamilySearch account and automatically creates your family tree in the design of your choice. It will help you customize your keepsake tree even if you haven’t done family history before or don’t have a FamilySearch account. Print it, hang it, and let the names of your ancestors intrigue and beckon you.

Play 20 Questions

Small, engaging activities are also terrific ways of getting started with family history, and they make perfect ideas for Primary, youth, and family time. Get to know your family better by asking questions about their lives. What did your grandpa study at the university? Was grandpa grandma’s first love? Where did your parents meet? Do you know the story about that time your dad skipped school and was chased by the truancy officer? Ask the questions, and record and save the answers.
For question ideas, download the sheet below and play the game at mealtime, during a Sunday phone call to family, or at an upcoming family home evening.

Step 3: Share Results as a Group
Once everyone’s completed the quiz, have each person score how many “Yes” answers they got on the scale. Allow each person to share one question he or she answered “No” to with the group, and if other family members are present, ask if they know the answer. If no family members are present or if no one knows the answer, challenge them to find the answers and then save what they learn on FamilySearch.

Step 4: Enter Information in FamilySearch
Allow time to write down the answers to the questions and upload the answers to FamilySearch so that present and future family members can learn more about family stories.

Step 5: Invitation
Invite participants to seek more information about any questions that were answered “No.” Encourage them to learn more stories about their family, to keep these stories recorded on FamilySearch, and to share these stories with others.
Knowing about your ancestors will ground you (and your kids) in goodness.

Play "What’s in a Name?"

  • Find out what your name means and why it’s yours. How did your parents choose your given name? Are you named after an ancestor? Does your surname indicate an ancestor’s occupation? Does it suggest a country or culture of origin?  Ancestry is a great resource for surname information. For instance, I already knew that my maiden name, Duncan, is Scottish, but I learned that it means “brown-haired chieftain.” And baby name books tell me that my given name, Hadley, is also Scottish and means “fields of heather.” This must be why I cry whenever I hear bagpipes!

See? Family history isn’t fuddy-duddy, it’s FUN—and it brings blessings. Telling stories leads to seeking more information, which leads to sharing the blessings of the temple with those we’ve come to care about. Meanwhile, we (and our children) grow more closely connected emotionally, feel more gratitude for each other, increase our desire to relate successfully, and improve our ability to turn away from all kinds of temptations.

Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, told the 2016 Family Discovery Day audience that family history and temple activities strengthen youth and “help keep them on an eternal perspective and help them become resilient through their earthly trials.”

“You can increase in love and help your family heal, going in both directions—toward your ancestors and toward your posterity,” he said.

Family history activities are for everyone, in every stage of life: decorative memorials, simple games and activities, research and temple work—it all counts! And it will all invite the Spirit into our lives, blessing past and future generations, as well as ourselves, right here, today.

Youth Projects

Ideas for Young Men and Young Women projects that can help inspire a love for the work*

1. Plan a "Family Tradition" activity.  Discover the joy of family history through traditions such as stories, art, dance, food, and music.  Interview a grandparent, parent, uncle, aunt, or other close relative to discover how a tradition was started in their family. If they don’t have a tradition, invite them to consider one they would like to start as a family. Invite the girls in your class to share a tradition by preparing a story, food, art, dance, or song. You could also Invite family or ward members to be the audience. Take photos of the traditions. Consider creating stories about how these traditions were created and share them and the photos in Family Tree on

2. Invite special guests from within the ward family to an activity.  Ask them to share life stories, their testimonies and displays of their life. You could ask questions and learn from their life experiences.

3. Plan a night where each young woman displays  memories, history, recipes with the item made up for tasting, etc.  You could wear an article of clothing from your ancestor such as a hat, apron, etc.

4. Plan and host a "Technology Night."  Help those in the ward who may be uncomfortable with technology preserve their family history.  Ask ward members to gather old family photos, newspaper articles, obituaries, etc.   Consider pairing one youth with each person. Scan photos, take digital photos of prints, or go to the local family history center to scan the photos. Upload the information you find to Photos and Stories at, tag the people in the photos and stories, and connect them to Family Tree.

5. You could post a map of the world outside the bishop’s office. Ask ward members to put a flag showing where their ancestors are from. Give rewards to those who participate. To get a reward they would have to:
   . Be able to trace their roots the furthest from Utah
   . Include entire family in family research and posting on the map
   . Load information into Family Tree after gathering their information

6. Request the patriarchal blessing of an ancestor (such as a great grandparent).  After reading it, write in your journal promises and warnings given to that ancestor.  Record how this could help you in your own life.

7. Create "Family History Jars" for parents or grandparents.  Encourage them to record their life stories.

8. In order to keep the Sabbath Day holy, learn how and do indexing.  See

9. Read and record promises from the scriptures and modern day leaders about the blessings of family records.  Create your own plan of how you want to participate in family history.

10. Have a "Morph" night.  Each young woman and leader could take their photo and morph it into that of an ancestor.  Post the pictures around the room and have each guess who the picture is of.

11. Plan to do baptisms at the Temple with names you have researched from your own family tree, or that you have discovered through indexing.  Print the cards and plan the Temple day.  Ask endowed adults to complete the Temple work for you once the baptisms have been done.

12.  Visit with your living relatives to learn as much information about your family history as possible. Then complete a pedigree chart of your family and list the temple ordinances that have been completed for each person.

13.  Select a gospel principle you would like to understand better (for example, faith, repentance, charity, eternal families (family history), or baptismal covenants). Read scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets that relate to the principle. Prepare a five-minute talk on the subject and give the talk in a sacrament meeting, in a Young Women meeting, to your family, or to your class. Record in your journal how you can apply this gospel principle in your life.

14. Teach a lesson about service in family home evening or in another setting. Use pictures, music, examples, or demonstrations in your lesson. You may want to use the manual Teaching, No Greater Call as a resource.  (The service could include extended search for ancestors and doing their temple work as a family.  Include quotes from latter-day Apostles about the blessings and promises of doing family history.)

15.  List the issues, trends, and problems that weaken the family. Read the First Presidency message, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”, and the section on family in For the Strength of Youth. Then research in the Church magazines the counsel of those whom we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators. Write in your journal your plan to strengthen your present family and the values and traditions you want to establish with your future family.  (Research stories from ancestors and record/discuss ways they strengthened their family.  Record stories and pictures on Family Search.)

*These projects can be incorporated into the Duty of God and Young Women's in Excellence Programs

Creating an LDS Account on Family Search

Create an LDS Account

1. Go to the website

2. Click on “Sign in with LDS Account”.

3. Under the "Sign in" button, click on “Register for an LDS Account”.

4. Click on “Register as a Member”.

5. Enter your date of birth and membership record number.  A member of the bishopric can look up your membership record number in LDS Tools if you can’t find it there yourself.

6. Enter your first name and last name in the boxes provided.

7. Enter your User Name.  This is a unique name which you supply.  I suggest your first and last names as one word with no spaces and no caps, but if you have a favorite user name which you use for other applications, feel free.  If someone else in the system is already using that exact name, the system will tell you to try something else.

8. Record your user name somewhere where you won’t forget it.

9. Enter a password.  This is also something you supply and must be unique.  I suggest something that has no meaning, so someone can’t figure it out based on what they know about you, so you MUST record it somewhere, along with your user name, in a safe place in case you can’t remember it later on.  It’s your entrance key into the system, and recovering a forgotten one is kind of a big deal.  It should be at least 8 characters long and contain both letters and numbers, and some of the letters should be upper case.

10. Record your password somewhere where you won’t forget it.

11. You will use this user name and password each time you log into Family Tree.

12. Check your gender, male or female, and pick your country from the list.

13. Enter your email address in the recovery options section.

Check the box that says you’ve read and agree with the privacy policy.

Click on the Register button.

Ward and Stake Family History Consultants

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part of genealogy!  To help we currently have three members of our ward who can help you.

Ward Family History Consultants
Bill Saddler

Alejandra Saddler

Gwen Eddington

Youth Family History Coordinator
Francisca Hakes

Stake Family History Library Coordinator
Larry Jay Taylor

Karen Sue Taylor

Stake Family History Consultant
Lisa Hakes

Please call either the Saddler or the Taylor Families for available hours in the stake family history library located in the Idaho LDS Chapel at 2915 E Idaho Ave Las Cruces NM 88001.  The library is open during from 12 to 1 every Sunday for Rio Grande ward drop ins.  It is also usually open Tuesday and Wednesday Night and Thursday and Saturday in the day time.  Please call to ensure the library is open when you need it.


Family history is something that we all know we are supposed to be doing.  Yet, our youth and young single adults balance school, extra curricular activities and other church responsibilities.  Parents are balancing work, helping with homework, building a home, and maintaining a family.  Retired members are also deeply engaged in community service, grandchildren, and other responsibilities.    Others may feel that since other family members have done so much genealogy that they are exempt from this commandment or would not know where to begin.  While we all know as members we must make time for genealogy this work often time comes with great impediments.

But do not fret, as Elder Boyd K Packer has promised us:  “There somehow seems to be the feeling that genealogical work is an all-or-nothing responsibility. Genealogical work is another responsibility for every Latter-day Saint, and we may do it successfully along with all the other callings and responsibilities that rest upon us…You can fulfill your obligations to your kindred dead and to the Lord without forsaking your other Church callings. You can do it without abandoning your family responsibilities. You can do this work. You can do it without becoming a so called expert in it.”

This website has been designed to assist users in starting their genealogy work.  It will answer questions to how to start at your home, go to the family history library, or work with your youth in starting their own work.  We will look at new innovations in genealogy that allows those who feel their tree is all but done that there is yet more work to be done.  By taking some time every single Sunday we as a ward can meet our Bishop's goal of bringing one new name to the temple each year.