Design for Family History

Design Challenge: How might we encourage more people to participate in Family History each week?

This design was particularly suited to members of the LDS church. The design has two parts:

  1. Bishopric encouragement
  2. Weekly commitments

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During temple recommend interview and tithing settlement interviews, the Bishop will simply ask the question:

“When’s the last time you worked on your family history?”

This question is meant to help more active members of the church associate family history work with keeping their covenants and obeying the commandments.

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Second, the following weekly check-in form can be distributed alongside the rolls in Relief Society and Priesthood groups every Sunday. The check-in form encourages members in multiple ways. One, this form creates public accountability and competition between members. Two, the form provides ideas of family history activities that can be completed in various amounts of time so that members have a choice that works for their schedule.

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Lastly, as part of the check-in form, members can take home a reminder slip that helps them remember exactly what commitment they made in church that week. The reminder form also helps establish the idea that doing family history work is part of keeping their covenants.

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