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Summarized by Kent Larsen

First family history fireside to be Friday, March 3
BYU NewsNet 1Mar00 D3
By Emily Cannon: NewsNet Staff Writer

PROVO, UTAH -- BYU's Department of Church History and Doctrine will sponsor its first Family History Fireside on Friday night, featuring Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy. The fireside will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium on BYU's campus. The fireside is open to the general public, according to department chair Raymond Wright.

Elder Christofferson also serves as executive director of the LDS Church's Family History Department and as trustee of the Genealogical Society of Utah. The fireside is an opportunity to motivate students to research their family history and help them understand the importance of providing temple ordinances for their ancestors. "The fireside will provide motivation to all students to become involved in family history and temple work, even if they have only a few minutes a week to devote to it," Wright said.

"This is a unique opportunity to listen to the general authority charged with responsibility for family history in the church," Wright said. He says Elder Christofferson regularly visit's BYU's campus to learn about BYU's family history activities and classes,

Elder Christofferson visits campus regularly to learn about the family history activities and is an enthusiastic supporter of the family history classes, Wright said. He notes that BYU students have access to the second largest family history library in the world -- located in the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU. The LDS Church's main Family History Library in Salt Lake is also easy for BYU students to get to. Each semester about 900 students enroll in Religion 261, Introduction to LDS Family History while another 100 students take other family history classes.


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