GCBC Week 22: “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead” by Elder Richard G. Scott

In this talk, Elder Scott bears testimony of doing family history work. If you’re interested in doing some genealogy, but just don’t know where to begin, consider checking out the RootsTech conference in just a couple weeks in Salt Lake City. I’m actually teaching a workshop about journaling and blogging, so I’d love to see you there.

The Joy of Redeeming the Dead by Elder Richard G. Scott


What stood out to you as you read these talks? From wherever you are, what can you do to be more involved in family history? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

(A reminder to those of you who are new to General Conference Book Club: You’re welcome to return to this post any time this week and leave your comment and thoughts in the comment section below. You may also want to see what others are saying about the talk and engage in a conversation for mutual understanding and encouragement. A new talk will be posted each Sunday and will be studied and discussed throughout the week.)


4 thoughts on “GCBC Week 22: “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead” by Elder Richard G. Scott

  1. I actually just read this talk a few days ago and loved it! My favorite lines:

    “Do you… want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in you life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost…. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.”

    “This work is a spiritual work…. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful.”

  2. That quote stuck out to me too, because honestly who doesn’t want “a sure way” to eliminate the power of Satan? And what a wonderful reason to involve our youth in it too.

    A thought I had while reading was this….I don’t get to the temple as often as I would like, only ever few months. This is mainly due to having small children at home. On the months that I don’t make it to the temple though, I had the thought that I could use a day (say 2-3 hours or about how long it takes to do an endowment session) to do some family history work on Family Search or do some indexing.

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