Why is geneology important to Mormons?

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

Current issues

Follow Gramps:

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail
Print Friendly

Dear Gramps,

Why is genealogy important to mormons?

Kiersten

Kiersten,

Family history work is important to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe that families are eternal and central to the plan of Salvation.

mormon-familyIn addition, we believe that those who have passed before us can have the opportunity to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To accept the Gospel, they need to be baptised here on earth.

So first, in order to have a baptism performed on behalf of the dead, we have to find them. We have to find their records and see who they are. This is very educational as we get to also learn about our own family’s roots and the challenges of our ancestors.

Family history work is very big in the Church, and I’ve outlined more of the doctrinal reasons why we as ‘Mormons’ do our family history work. We learn about our ancestors and we can have saving ordinances performed on their behalf.

Hope this helps!

Gramps

Summary
Article Name
Why is geneology important to Mormons? - Ask Gramps - Q and A about Mormon Doctrine
Author
Description
Family history work is important to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe that families are eternal and central to the plan of Salvation.

Follow Gramps:

Should I replace studying scriptures with talks from modern day leaders?

July 28, 2014 7:04 am

Question Dear Gramps,It seems like many people study the actual books: Book of Mormon, Bible, or both everyday. However, we are taught the importance of studying living prophets (more)

If we do not follow the commandments, can we still pray for things?

July 27, 2014 7:16 am

Question Hi Gramps, I have two questions… If someone’s  not following the word of wisdom for example, could still pray and ask on Him for the things needed. Life (more)

How can I learn to love my enemies?

July 26, 2014 8:41 am

Question Dear Gramps,I have been struggling with this one for a long time.  I don’t have the ability to love my enemies, those who want to hurt me (more)

What exact words are used to baptize someone?

July 25, 2014 9:36 am

Question What exact words are used to baptize someone? Cox   Answer Dear Cox, What a great question! The answer comes from the governing documents of the Church (more)

Did Jesus have siblings?

July 23, 2014 4:35 am

Question Did Jesus have siblings? Jim   Answer Dear Jim, Yes, Jesus had siblings. John tells us that after the first miracle, where Jesus turned water to wine, (more)

Should we bless our medications?

July 22, 2014 6:54 am

Question Gramps, We ask Heavenly Father to bless our children, our food, the sacrament, our houses and the sick.  I am an old man who takes a lot (more)

How can I muster the courage to date and develop a relationship?

July 21, 2014 5:53 am

Question Gramps, I’m 24 years old and attending BYU. I feel an increasing desire to pursue a relationship and ultimately marry in the temple. However, I’ve never been (more)

Did Jesus ever say there was no longer a need for the Priesthood?

July 20, 2014 9:09 am

Question Gramps, My wife is not a member  of the church. and last week we  were talking about the priesthood. She asked me why we need the priesthood. (more)

What does it mean to speak with the tongues of angels?

July 19, 2014 6:34 am

Question Gramps, What does it mean when it states “to speak with the tongues of Angels?”  I’m assuming it’s to do with the Holy Ghost? Thank you. Renee   (more)

Why did it take so long to lift the ban on the Priesthood for blacks?

July 18, 2014 9:22 am

Question Gramps Hello could you possibly help me understand why it took so long before the ban on blacks holding the Priesthood was lifted? I’ve studied this for (more)

What happens if there is a medical emergency in the temple?

July 17, 2014 7:02 am

Question Gramps, How  do Emergency Services personnel  gain access to an individual needing aid it they are inside one of our Temples and cannot be moved to the (more)

What is eternity?

July 16, 2014 10:43 am

Question Hi Gramps, This has always been a puzzlement for me.  I thought that there is going to be one eternity so why do Mormons speak of  eternities? (more)