Re: [AQ_NFS] ? on Reserving Ordinances
- Another thought just struck me. We have been instructed _not_ to do
any work for people who we have no ancestral relationship. The Church
has been very adamant about this and has gone so far as to warn
members that if they perform work for those people with whom they have
no relationship, they can have their abilities severely curtailed.
My wife and I served in the Family and Church History mission. I was
in the training zone and all new missionaries were instructed to bring
in a copy of their family history data file (GEDCOM, .paf, or any of
those programs that support personal files). We found _without_
exception that every person coming into the mission, including those
who were professionals and even published books on the subject, had
problems in their data file.
These problems including unrelated pedigrees/names, as well as
duplicates and circular connections (a son was his own grandfather,
It is very important for each person to make their own AQ file as
clean as possible. Fortunately, there are several reports, as well as
the Name List, that can assist in identifying and fixing the problems.
By using the autofind feature in ORTS, a person runs the risk of
submitting names for which they are _not_ authorized by the Church to
perform temple work. It is very important that every person that
anyone submits with a FOR make sure that they have a valid
relationship established with that person.
At one time, I submitted work for the parents of spouses of people
with whom I had a valid relationship. I was wrong in doing so. I could
have the work done only for the spouse or otherwise legally connected
non-relative, but not their parents with whom I have no family ties. I
need to follow up since I've run into a number of instances where the
unrelated (other than through marriage) spouse had more than one wife
-- and also check to see if I'm responsible for the half-brothers and
sisters to my family. (Note: I have submitted a request for this
information to FamilySearch.)