Bob's Duties of a High Priest Group Leader - Family Record

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					   Let Every Man Learn His Duty
99 Wherefore, now let every man learn
 his duty, and to act in the office in
 which he is appointed, in all diligence.

Doctrine and Covenants
Section 107:99
    Duties of High Priests Group Leaders
           for Family History Work
The HPGL stands between the stake/ward leadership
  and the consultants. He is the central or pivotal
  figure. He must provide the direction, motivation and
  encouragement that will enable the consultants to
  perform their duties of assisting families in redeeming
  their dead.
   Without his leadership and guidance the system will
    not function at maximum efficiency and will most likely
    fail in its purpose of redeeming the dead. Many will
    remain in spirit prison because their work is not done
   Registers as a priesthood leader at:
       HPGLs are called as Supervisors
   HPGLs are key priesthood leaders who help to
    oversee and coordinate family history efforts in the
   They need to understand The Basic Program where
    consultants assist ward members in their family history
    work and that over time all members can receive help
    from a family history consultant.
   HPGLs are not called to be consultants. They are
    not expected to learn all the things that a consultant
    must learn to be able to assist the members.
   They are called to make The Basic Program function
    by follow up meetings, checking on progress and
    encouraging the consultants in their labors.
              Resources you will need
Church Handbook 2: 5.4 Temple and Family History Work
Administrative Guide for Family History,17884,7778-1,00.html
Family History Consultant's Guide to Temple & FH Work,17884,8562-1,00.html
(Download this one as it's not available in printed form)
Member's Guide to Temple and FH Work
* Clicking on the address link will take you to the websites
             To Turn The Hearts
   Leaders Guide to Temple and Family
    History Work: To Turn the Hearts

                   Divide the list!
   Home Teachers and Visiting Teachers are
    assigned specific families and so should Family
    History Consultants.
   The ward list of families should be divided
    between the consultants so that each knows
    which families they are responsible for.
   Otherwise they will never focus on which
    families to contact during the month.
   The list could be divided by the HPGL or the
    consultants could get together and do it.
   It is critical that it be done!
          How to get the ward List
   Where do you get the list? Ask the ward clerk or
    go to:
If you don't have an lds account, you can register
   on this page.
   After signing in it should take you to your ward
    directory (if not, click on Tools and Directory)
    where you can click on Export Households
   Save the file as Excel.csv
   Delete the information not needed.
             How to divide the list
Three possible ways, maybe more:
   Divide it by the numbers: Ex. 200 Families
    and four consultants. 200/4 = 50 families each.
    The first 50 go to... and so on.
   Divide according to those you know:
    Each consultant picks out names of those they
    would like to work with and keeps adding until
    they have the required number as determined
   Assign a block of so many names to each
    consultant. If not enough consultants, leave the
    rest unassigned and then assign from this block
    as more consultants are called.
    Recommends members to serve as
        family history consultants
Each consultant can be expected to help about ten families
  each year according to Elder D. Todd Christofferson.
Divide the number of ward families by the number of
  consultants and you can see how many families each
  consultant is expected to help.
   For example:
   200 families divided by 4 consultants = 50 families.
   10 families x 4 consultants = 40 families per year.
   200 families divided by 40 per year = 5 years.
   If there is only one consultant, 200 families divided by 10
    per year = 20 years!
Consultants, Indexers & Committee

   Ensures that enough consultants are called to
    meet the needs of the ward, including those
    needed to support the Family History Center.
   Recommends members to serve as Indexers.
   May organize a temple and family history
    committee in the group to promote this work.
   Sets an example in doing temple & FH work.
        Qualities of Successful FH
   Do not need to be an expert in FH research
   Are good teachers who can work patiently
    and communicate well with members.
   Comfortable using computers and the
   Able to exercise good judgment and
    discretion when dealing with sensitive
    family matters.
   Are willing to reach out to members of the
    ward to help them with their family history.
    How long to become effective?
   It can take from six months to a year for a
    consultant to become fully trained in their
   Consultants have several manuals and
    constantly changing family history programs
    to learn.
   Callings should be for an extended period of
    time, preferably three to four years.
   Consultants need regular contact and
    encouragement from their HPGL.
   This is a major calling requiring many hours.
Ensures Consultants are Trained
   HPGL not expected to train consultants himself.
    He directs them to on-line sites and provides
    contact information for local help.
   After consultant is called and set apart, HPGL
    provides orientation by outlining a
    “Personal Training Plan”, p.21 FH Consultant's
    Guide, and how to register as a consultant at
    Also provides a Checklist of Training items,
    p.22 FH Consultant's Guide, and contact
    information for trainers and the FH Center
Where Can Consultants Get Help
   Other consultants in your ward or stake
   Other consultants at the Family History Center
                Help Center in New FamilySearch
   Training and Resources section in New FS
   E-mail support at
               Call Support toll-free at this number:
                 (date the church was organized)
                           April 6, 1830
Assign Families to the Consultant
   The ward list of families should have been
    previously divided between the consultants.
   Depending on how that list was divided, either
    on your own authority or in consultation with the
    other consultants, assign a number of families
    to the consultant so they will know who to
    contact and work with. This number will depend
    on how many consultants and families there are
    in the ward.
   The consultant should work with ten of these
    families each year.
        Reports and Notification
   Show consultant the Progress Record form on
    p. 23 & 24 of Consultant's Guide to Family
    History so they understand the need to record
    and also report their activities each month.
   Notify High Council Adviser, Stake FH Trainer
    and Family History Center of their calling as a
    consultant in your ward by supplying name,
    phone number and email address.
   This will ensure that they receive both training
    and help in their calling
        HPGL Duties - Meetings
   Leads discussions in PEC and Ward Council
    meetings to suggest individuals and families
    that consultants could contact.
   Meets regularly with consultants to provide
    counsel (and encouragement) and help. He
    assigns them to contact members suggested by
    the PEC and Ward Council. He reviews the
    consultants' success in helping members do
    family history.
            Ref: Admin Guide for FH, page 2
       High Priests Group Leader
   Meets with or contacts monthly or as regularly
    as possible the workers for whom they are
    responsible. ...consult by telephone or other
    media such as e-mail.
   In these meetings or contacts, family history
    workers can report on their activities and
    receive counsel (and encouragement) from their

            Ref: Admin Guide for FH, page 3
High Priests Group Leader - Reports

   Gives regular reports in priesthood
    interviews, PEC and ward council
    meetings. He reports on the help
    consultants have provided to specific
    individuals and families.
          Ref: Admin Guide for FH, page 2
               Regular Reports
   Request a regular report from family history
    workers on how they are fulfilling their callings
    and any specific assignments.
   High Priests Group Leaders can then provide
    a report to the to the bishop and the High
    Council Adviser.
   Regular reporting provides priesthood leaders
    and family history workers opportunities to
    counsel together and focus on progress in
    family history efforts.
                        Ref Admin Guide for FH, page 3
          How Important are Reports?
   FH consultants are like missionaries who sometime labor
    in a hard area and day after day, as they knock on doors,
    they are met with rejection.
   “I'm too busy right now”, “I'm not interested”, “It's already
    been done” (when in reality it hasn't) are some of the
    common excuses heard.
   If this is compounded by a lack of interest or support by
    the HPGL, then they become discouraged and may simply
    stop reaching out to the ward members.
   HPGLs can show interest by inquiring about their
    Progress Records and requesting a report. Sometimes
    they are making progress but because they never see it in
    print they fail to recognize that. They can also be
    motivated by seeing the success of other consultants.
   If mission leaders never meet with their missionaries, how
    much progress will be made?
     Will this describe your stewardship?
“I haven't heard anything from my High Priests Group Leader.
   I don't think he even knows we exist or cares.”
“ There's basically no leadership by the High Priests Group
   Leaders and no structure for the ward consultants--to each
   his own.”
“It seems that we fall down in the communication between
   the HPGL and the consultants.”
“A new consultant was called. In conversation she said that
  no one in her ward had talked to her about her duties or
  training. We had given her a start but not sure what she
  was to do in the ward. Consultants are going along with no
  direction, accountability or support... Let the individual be
  motivated on their own seems to be the rule.”
“It would seem that the lack of priesthood support is
   worldwide. We have the same problem here in Australia.”
            Return and Report

“Where performance is measured, performance improves.
    Where performance is measured and reported,
         The rate of improvement accelerates.”
        Where to obtain FREE copies
                        Of this program
   Bob's Ward Family History Progress Chart with
                a Quarterly Report
             Bob's Overview of Family History
       Bob's Duties of Family History Consultants
                        Indexing Flyer
                            And more!
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