RootsTech 2017 Schedule
Subject to change
"Join us as we kick off Family Discover Day at RootsTech 2017 with inspirational words by President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson. Family history and tradition runs deep in their family and has transcended through their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson
Prior to receiving his call for full-time service as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1984, President Nelson was well-known both nationally and internationally as a surgeon and medical researcher. He received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah. He served his medical residency in surgery in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the University of Minnesota, where he was awarded his PhD.
Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, an avid genealogist, graced the Family Discovery Day stage in 2016, and is a returning speaker to the 2017 conference. Prior to her marriage to President Nelson, Wendy was a professor of marriage and family therapy for twenty-five years, the last thirteen at Brigham Young University. She holds a PhD in family therapy and gerontology.
This session is for all Family Discovery Day attendees."
Have you been called to be a consultant in your ward, and wondered what should I be doing? Do you want love helping others do family history? This session is for youth aged 12-18 to help you understand the thrill and blessings of teaching others to do family history.
"Hear inspiring stories and successful examples of the blessings brought to lives as family history and temple work are woven together. Sheri Dew committed to the world at RootsTech 2016 that she would accept Elder Renlund's challenge to find as many names as ordinances performed in the Temple. She will report on her courageous strides in family history. Vai Sikahema and Kalani Sitake know what it takes to challenge themselves and their players on the football field. Watch as they both admit football and family history and temples contain the same power of protection. It is no longer Temple Work and Family History Work -- see how the two are ONE WORK of Salvation.
This session is designed for adults of all experience levels.
Historical records are the pieces of the puzzle that allows us to learn about our ancestors. Come to this class to learn how to find all kinds of records on FamilySearch.org about your ancestors.
Learn to use the Spirit led one on one helper model to engage beginners in a lifelong love of family history and temple service. This class was introduced at RootsTech 2015 and has blessed many in their efforts to help others. Each session will feature a unique live demonstration of the seven principles of helping others love family history.
This session will share several ideas that will help LDS Church members engage their families in gathering, preserving and sharing family stories and memories. From the kitchen to social media to the temple, all ages can be engaged. (This session is designed for LDS Church members of all experience levels and ages.)
Many Church members have a strong desire to share the Gospel, but don’t want to offend their friends. Family History is the no-risk way to do missionary work! Elder David Bednar said, “A yearning for connection to our past can prepare an individual to receive the virtue of the word of God and fortify his or her faith.” Come join this insightful and lively session where we will share ideas from around the world on how members are successfully sharing the Gospel with their family, friends and neighbors with the help of the Spirit of Elijah.
"Forget the past, let's look to the future -- memories and stories can positively affect lives. Join us for this engaging and fun session where families will see how much easier it is to work together for a brighter future. (This session is designed for ages 8 to 16 including parents and families.)
Hosted by: Hank Smith
Hank Smith, a popular speaker, author and professor of religion at Brigham Young University, loves to teach from the scriptures, especially to the youth and young adults of the Church. He also enjoys consulting work with school districts and corporations. He has addressed audiences in almost every state through seminars and keynote speaking engagements. His outside interests include marathons, history books, and hiking with his family. He and his wife Sara, are the parents of five children and live in Mapleton, Utah."
Have you ever wondered what your role and responsibility is toward family history and helping others? Have you had your calling for a long time and never known quite what to do? Learn how you can magnify your calling and bless the lives of those you serve through family history and temple service.
You’ve decided it’s time to learn how to find family names needing temple work, but you’re not sure exactly where to start. This class introduces the basic principles, practices, and tools needed to figure out your starting point and will help you decide what to do next. If you’re new to finding family names, this is your first stop.
Helping others and yourself find more family names gets easier and faster when you pair FamilySearch and partner sites together. Learn how to take advantage of free access to partner sites like Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, American Ancestors, and more, to accelerate your efforts to build the tree and find more names to take to the temple.
One last event with amazing entertainment caps off RootsTech 2017. Wrap up your conference experience with a good laugh and quality music, featuring comedic entertainer Jason Hewlett; BYU's Men's a cappella chorus, Vocal Point; and a cappella women's chorus, Noteworthy.