TRAINING – To Complete For Certification

In the High Point Stake, “certification” means: 1) you’re registered on lds.org, and 2) you’ve completed the Family History Consultant training.

It’s important to complete the certification process so that you can be effective in your calling and have the knowledge and tools necessary to properly help your fellow ward members.

Here’s what to do:

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1) Register

You need to open an LDS Account.

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2) Set up the Family History Internet Bookmarks

Import the Family History Booksmarks on to your home computer or laptop.

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3) Download the Handbooks & Reference Guides

Take a few minutes and download the Handbooks & Reference Guides (you can download all of them except for Handbook 2).  Then place them in a folder on your computer for easy reference.

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4) Complete the Training

There are only 32 items for you to complete.  This isn’t a race.  What we’re after is comprehension and understanding.  So, take your time and enjoy the journey as you learn the skills you’ll need to help your fellow members in your ward family.

The Church has created an excellent site to give you the family history & temple work training you need as a Family History Consultant.  The site is The Training & Resource Site for Family History Consultants.  For your convenience, we’ve listed the training items from this site below:

Online Training (at lds.org)

  1. Complete “1: Understanding Your Calling
  2. Complete “2: Work with Members
  3. Complete “3: Work with Leaders
  4. Complete “4: Prepare Names for the Temple
  5. Complete “5: Do Your Own Family History

General

  1. Familiarize yourself with the “Family History Is Fun” Website
  2. Familiarize yourself with the “Family History Is Fun” HelpCenters
  3. Read “Handbook 2: Section 5.4.4
  4. Read the “Leader’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work
  5. Review the “Family History Consultant Conference Presentation–2011 – Part 1:”
    Family History Work and Organization—The New Leader’s Guide
  6. Complete the “Online Training“ for Family History Consultants
  7. Read the “Policies for Preparing Names for Temple Work
  8. Watch the “Family History Devotional – Elder Richard G. Scott” – February 2011 (1 hr., 12 min.)
  9. Watch the “Family History Devotional – Elder Allan F. Packer” – April 2010 (44 min.)
  10. Review the “Temple and Family History Course Materials
  11. Review the “Family History and Missionary Work” Lesson (15 min.)

Helping Members

  1. Watch the “Principles for Successful Family History Classes” video (11 min.)
  2. Watch the “Family History Devotional – Elder L. Whitney Clayton” – November 2007 (24 min.)
  3. Watch the “Getting Started with Family History” Videos
    Getting Started, Step 1 – Finding Easy Information (3 min)
    Getting Started, Step 2 – Recording & Sharing Your Family History (3 min.)
    Getting Started, Step 3 – Finding Challenging Information (4 min.)
    Getting Started, Step 4 – Using FamilySearch.org (3 min.)
  4. Watch the “5 Minute Genealogy” Videos (5 min. each)
  5. Listen to the “Family History Consultant Podcast—Helping Members“ (24 min.)
  6. Review the “Family History Consultant Conference Presentations–2011 – Part 2:”
    Family History Centers and Helping Members
  7. Review the list of courses at “Family History Research Courses

Family Tree

  1. Use Family Tree for your personal family history
  2. Know how to use the Family Tree Helper function
  3. Practice on the “Family Tree Practice“ website
  4. Review the FamilyTree Training
  5. Review the “Family Tree Reference Guide

FamilySearch

  1. Review the “Family History Consultant Conference Presentations–2011 – Part 3″
    Research Resources (FamilySearch Indexing, Wiki, Forums and Online Training)
  2. Glance through the “Family History Research Wiki
  3. Watch “FamilySearch – Granite Mountain Records Vault, Part 1” (5 min.)
  4. Watch “FamilySearch – Granite Mountain Records Vault, Part 2” (6 min.)

That’s it. A piece of cake!  Nothing to it! You’ve now met all the criteria of a fully trained and certified Family History Consultant — ready to be unleashed on your lucky, unsuspecting ward. Don’t you feel exhilarated (and a little bit tired)?

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