High Priests Group Leader
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Family History & Temple Responsibilities
High Priests Group Leader
The high priests group leader coordinates the ward council‘s efforts to encourage temple and family history work in the ward. He is accountable to the bishop for the results of these efforts. He also directs the work of family history consultants. He receives assistance and training from the high councilor assigned to temple and family history work.
In wards or branches where there is no high priests group leader, the elders quorum president or another assigned Melchizedek Priesthood holder in the ward council fills this role. Below are some examples of what the high priests group leader does to lead temple and family history work.
Coordinates Ward Council Efforts
The high priests group leader coordinates ward council efforts as he:
- Works with the ward council to develop a plan to encourage individuals and ward auxiliaries to participate more fully in temple and family history work.
- Consults with each member of the ward council to determine specific ways that temple and family history work can be used to help the members of their organizations.
- Facilitates temple and family history discussions in ward council meetings.
- Organizes ward temple visits.
Directs the Work of Consultants
The high priests group leader:
- Consults with the bishopric to recommend members to be called and set apart as family history consultants.
- Ensures that enough consultants are called to meet the needs of the ward.
- Provides direction and assignments to consultants.
- Points consultants to the training resources at consultant.familysearch.org and follows up to ensure they are properly prepared to perform their callings
“If I were a bishop again I would charge the high priests group leader with the responsibility to lead out in the ward council on this subject. I would ensure that we had one or more . . . family history consultants who were ‘people persons’ who could work under his direction. . . . I imagine that in the course of a year we could help at least ten families. In five years, we could have a corps of fifty families active at some level in family history and its attendant temple work. That to me would be a successful, well-run program. — Elder D. Todd Christofferson (“Family History: A Conversation with Elder D. Todd Christofferson,” Religious Educator 6, no. 2 (2005), 11.)
— Leaders Guide to Temple and Family History Work, pg. 17-18; Handbook 2 5.4.6
Help Phone & Email
If you need any help at all, please feel free to call the Church’s Family History Priesthood Helpline at 866-406-1830. Or call Bro. Craig on the Stake High Council.
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church has created an excellent site to give you the family history & temple work training you need as a priesthood leader. Please visit The Training & Resource Site for Priesthood Leaders.
There are 8 items for you to complete:
- Read “Handbook 2: Section 5.4“
- Read the “Leader’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work“
- Watch the “Leader’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work” DVD videos (especially this one)
- Review the “Family History Workshop” Course
- Watch the “Principles for Successful Family History Classes” video (11 min.)
- Watch the 4 “Family History Devotionals” by Elders Scott, Packer and Clayton
- Complete the “Policies for Submitting Names for Temple Work” Lesson (10 min.)
- Read the “Policies for Preparing Names for Temple Work“
That’s it. Congratulations! You’ve now met all the criteria of a fully trained High Priests Group Leader. Don’t you feel amazing?
P.S. — Here are some great ideas for Youth and Family History.
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