Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Last night for mutual our youth combined per a special request from the Bishop. Originally I just had this planned for the young women, but the bishopric is trying to push family history to all the youth in our ward, as are the apostles also (see

I myself feel really intimated by trying to search for ancestors, plus my parents have a good handle on our family tree, but I still feel like I should be involved in family history, and indexing is a wonderful and easy way to do that. Indexing involves viewing handwritten records (marriage, birth and death certificates, military enlistment forms, censuses, etc...) and typing them into a database so that those who  are searching for their ancestors can easily just do a text search through these records rather than spending hours looking through microfiche. Here are some great videos to introduce the topic: and

I found a great slideshow to use for our activity here:

On the Sunday before, I asked our Bishop for the membership numbers of all our youth so that each could create their own account and sign into the indexing program at their homes. We set a goal to do 1000 names as a group by July 4th. I was a little bummed because they just indexed the 1 billionth record a few days before our activity and I was hoping to use that as some motivation for the youth. Oh well. It was fun activity and I know some of the youth are excited to get into family history.

To download the indexing software, go here (you do have to download software to your computer): At this time they are working on building apps for phones and tablets, but for now you will need a computer.

For more resources, go here:

Also, here is a tutorial to take you through indexing (it also has a handout you can print out):


Welcome! This is a space to record and share the activities that the youth in our ward are doing for mutual. I welcome suggestions and would love to hear if you have done something similar.

We are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Every Tuesday (or Wednesday, depending on the ward) evening, the youth ages 12-18 in our church meet for an activity which we call mutual. Sometimes the young men and young women meet separately  and sometimes they combine together. If you would like to learn more about our church, please feel free to ask, or visit for more information.

The Young Women in our church have a program called Personal Progress that I will refer to frequently. This program encourages the girls to set and accomplish goals for themselves. The goals help the girls to grow spiritually, emotionally and physically and strengthen themselves, their families, and those they interact with. These goals fall under 8 different categories: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue. They are numbered in the books, so sometimes I will refer to Knowledge 1 or Good Works 6. The girls are supposed to complete 6 smaller goals in each category (except virtue, which only has 4) and one value project, which is supposed to take at least 10 hours to complete. When they finish everything, they receive a Young Womanhood Recognition Award and a necklace. To learn more about personal progress, go here: