Why do Mormons do genealogy?

Doing genealogy has evolved – meaning, its recording/reporting. Natural Genealogy was first reported in oral presentations, then written down, and then onto the sophisticated recording methods brought on by inheritance, heraldry, law, societies, databases, compilations, the computer, the Internet and so on. What is coming in Genealogy is exciting!

We all do genealogy for our own beliefs or reasons. The LDS beliefs are well documented and founded in scripture and revelation, both ancient and modern.

LDS do genealogy freely out of that love for ancestry that is inherent in us all. And getting it right is the goal.

1. Malachi 4:5 –6 (Recorded thousands of years ago)
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

2. D&C 128: 24 9 (Recorded in 1842)
24 Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.

The Truth exists. We have our agency to choose it or not; to follow principles that will take us there or not. But no matter the reporting or the recording, the Truth still exists and will be known. It stands.

Sincerely yours,

Mary E. Petty, B.A. (History), B.A. (Genealogy
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