Adults and Teens:
- Download the “Take a Name” app and link it to your family tree. (It will find names in your family tree that are ready to have their temple work done. All you need to do is print the cards and take them to the temple. The app can sometimes take 24 hours to find names, but it can do it in the background while you do other things.)
- Go to https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/52stories-weekly-questions/ and choose a question then record the answer to this question. You can write it in a journal, type it on the computer, or record on audio version. If you want to preserve it for posterity, go to familysearch.org and click on memories and you can upload it. Or ask an older relative one of the questions (or ask someone in a nearby retirement home: you'll make their day!). Be sure to record the information for posterity in either written, typed, or audio form. Then upload it to familysearch.org and link it to the person who told you the story.
- Try indexing. Go to https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/stake-indexing-director/understanding-your-calling to learn how. Learning will take about 15 minutes. Then come back another day and choose a beginning indexing project. They usually take about 15 minutes, but if it takes longer, you can save it and come back later to finish. (Projects not finished after a week will be turned over to someone else to finish.)
- Ask your parents to help you choose a question from https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/52stories-weekly-questions/ and ask one of your parents or grandparents to answer the question for you. (You can even call or facetime someone if you aren’t near enough to ask them in person.) You may find that you want to have several questions ready so you can hear more stories. :)
- Start a journal. You can record it digitally or on paper. If you haven’t learned to write yet, ask someone to write while you tell them what to write. Or draw a picture and then have someone write down what the picture is about. Be sure to keep whatever you do in a safe place so you can someday share it with your own kids.
- If you have learned to type, you can try indexing. Go to https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/stake-indexing-director/understanding-your-calling?lang=eng to learn how. Learning will take about 15 minutes. Then come back another day and choose a beginning indexing project. They usually take about 15 minutes, but if it takes longer, you can save it and come back later to finish. You will probably want to stick with beginning projects until you get good at reading cursive.
Additional 15-minute ideas:
- Go to https://www.familysearch.org/partneraccess and sign up for a free account with one (or more) of these other genealogy websites. I recommend starting with https://www.ancestry.com/. Signing up will only take a few minutes, then be sure to let them link to your family tree on familysearch.org. Come back in a day or two and see what “hints” have appeared (look for the leaf with a number by it at the top near your name, after you sign in). You can filter for a specific family or just browse starting at the top. They’ll walk you through what to do and you can spend as much time as you’d like each time you visit (they pretty much never run out of hints).
- Download the “FamilySearch Tree” app for Android or iOS, or just go to https://www.familysearch.org/photos/people and choose a person in your family. Once the person’s info is pulled up, click on the memories tab and look at the content that has already been uploaded. See what new things you can learn about that family member! If you have memories of your own you’d like to share (photos, audio, written accounts), you can upload them using the app or your computer.
- Play around a little with the app or the website, you can search for historical records
- Look for ancestors with tasks (the tasks are usually relatively simple and they walk you through it--like the ancestry.com “hints”)
- Look for ancestors ready for temple work (go to the temple link and select “opportunities” from the drop-down menu)
- Find out how you’re related to people around you who are also using the app
- Record your own memories, etc.
- Contact your ward consultant and ask them to help you figure out where to start. They’ll be happy to be able to magnify their calling!