How does Work for the Dead Bless Me?

D&C 128:15 states: “that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.”

In today’s episode, Jim and I discuss why the living need the dead. We hope that you enjoy the discussion. If you have thoughts to add or questions we did not cover, please leave a comment below.

In the temples we perform work for those that have passed away. Prophets and Apostles have given incredible promises regarding the help that is available to Latter-day Saints who will submerse themselves in Family History work including indexing, identifying names to take to the temple and actually going to the temple to perform the work.

Night photo of the Mormon temple in Oakland, California at night, overlooking the city.
Mormon Temple in Oakland, California. The public is welcome to visit the visitor center at this and many other temples.

elder-david-a-bednar-lds-190782-galleryElder Bednar has promised the youth:

“Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will increase. Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding. And I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.” (Click here for the full talk)






Elder Richard G. ScottElder Scott said:

“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.” (Click here for the full talk)





Brian Ricks

Brian Ricks is a father of 6 living in Saratoga Springs, Utah. He is the author of a soon-to-be-released book on James E. Talmage, and has a doctorate in theology from Brigham Young University. In his free time he chases deer and eats Oreos.

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