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Genealogy Quote of the Week – James E. Faust

This week’s genealogy quote comes from James E.Faust, (July 31, 1920 – August 10, 2007) an American religious leader, lawyer, author, and politician. He was Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1995 until his death; an LDS Church apostle for 29 years; and a general authority of the church for 35 years.

James E. Faust

James E. Faust

James E. Faust served d in the House of Representatives for the 28th Utah State Legislature (1949) as a Democrat for Utah’s eighth district. He also served as chairperson of the Utah State Democratic Party and helped manage a campaign for Senator Frank Moss. In 1996, he was awarded with the Minuteman Award by the Utah National Guard. James Faust was appointed by U.S. President John F. Kennedy to the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights. He was also an advisor to the American Bar Journal. He was made an honorary citizen of São Paulo, Brazil, and received a national Brazilian citizenship award.

Genealogy quote from James E. Faust

In the great vision in the Kirtland Temple, Elijah the prophet appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and committed the keys of temple work and the sealing power into Joseph Smith’s hands. This fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy that Elijah would be sent ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse’ (see Doctrine & Covenants 110:14–15).

So what does this mean? To turn our hearts to our fathers is to search out the names of our deceased ancestors and to perform the saving ordinances in the temple for them. This will forge a continuous chain between us and our forefathers eventually all the way back to Father Adam and Mother Eve. (From The Phenomenon That Is You by James E. Faust, Ensign, Nov. 2003, 55)

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