Sunday, February 19, 2017

Change in Calling Names--What Is Different?

If you have been serving in a family history calling, you probably know by now that a change in the titles of the callings happened recently. Why? And does that mean your calling responsibilities have also changed?

Now all members of the Church who have family history callings are called Temple and Family History Consultants. Two reasons for the change:

  • To emphasize the link between temple and family history work.
  • To highlight the new focus we are all to have of working with members one-on-one to help them have a positive experience in finding family members and providing saving temple ordinances. 
What's different about my calling? 

If you were a ward family history consultant before--nothing has really changed. The change is in emphasis and encouragement to have temple and family history consultants working with families and individuals. We want to move away from classes or sitting in a designated room once a week waiting for someone to come ask for help. We want to move toward prayerfully preparing individualized lessons and working with members and families one-on-one.

If you have been a stake indexing director, you would now be a Stake Temple and Family History Consultant with a secondary assignment to promote indexing in the stake. 

If you have been a family history center director, you would now be a Stake Temple and Family History Consultant with a secondary assignment to oversee family history center operations.

If you have been serving as a person in the stake who trains ward or branch consultants, you would now be a Lead Stake Temple and Family History Consultant with a secondary assignment to help train unit consultants. 

Notice the word secondary in the above paragraphs. Now, all consultants have a primary responsibility to work one-on-one with members, preparing personalize lessons to help them with their family history.

I am now a Lead Stake Temple and Family History Consultant and am looking forward to having a good excuse to get with our stake leaders and their families one-on-one to help them find, take, and teach. What a wonderful opportunity to help those who can have a huge impact in moving the work forward in our stake to feel the Spirit of Elijah and become converted to this sacred work! And, of course, I'll still work with the units to help their consultants understand their calling. 

More work? Yep. But that is how we grow. Becoming too comfortable is not terribly good for our eternal progression. 

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