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Ability for Temple and FH consultants to send a message to all ward members.

I'm a ward temple and family history consultant, and I'm struggling to find an easy way to contact my ward (digitally) about our monthly ward family history goals. We already talk about it in church, but but they aren't going to do anything about the goals until they get home, and by then they aren't thinking about it and need a little reminder. I could gather all the email addresses one by one from LDS tools, but surely there's an easier, more efficient way. Can the messaging system within FamilySearch be utilized in this way? Much like how you can get messages from indexing leaders through that program--except that you'd get an email, and not rely on people logging in to see messages.
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  • I am not aware of the details but I do get general emails from my Ward Clerk and the Stake Clerk so I believe there may be a way for Ward Leadership to send emails to all members of the Ward. Suggest you contact your Ward Clerk and see if they could send the email.
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    • We have some ways to work through this problem - check our blog about the Ward Family History Template - the Clerk exports the data one time and you and your TFHLeader have the pulse on the ward from that point on for FH. naswfamilyhistory.blogspot.com We are getting a lot of positive responses on it and there is a youtube on how to use it. email us - we can help you naswfamilyhistory@gmail.com
    • I too am a TFHC. There is a way to send texts an emails to all ward members. It can be done on the LDS Tools app. Here is how:

      1. open the app
      2. At the bottom press on "Lists"
      3. Press the "+" and make a new list
      4. Give the list a name to create it.
      5. Press "+" to add people to the list.
      6. All all the people you want
      7. press the back arrow when you are done
      8. press the box with the up arrow on the top left part of the screen.
      9. It will then ask if you want to text or email these people.
      10. It will then ask for the content of the message. I usually have created the message before, then I just paste it in.
      11. Hit send to transmit your message.

      It is simple, works great and you don't have to go through anyone or get permission to use. it. I highly recommend it.
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    I am the RS secretary in my ward and I have created an excel chart with all the sisters and their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. All I have to do is click the column heading and insert that in my email. I always use blind copy so e-mail addresses are not out there without the sisters permission. This has worked perfectly for me for seven years as the secretary.
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  • Unless you are specifically authorized to do so, do not send a blanket email to all members of your ward.

    Temple and Family History Consultants are to work with members on a one-on-one basis. If you have difficulty approaching members and asking them if your can help them research their families, then another approach is needed.

    Given the messages at last year's RootsTech from our prophet, Russell M. Nelson, and repeated this year, work with the missionaries to engage non-members in researching their families.
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  • Ron Tanner (FamilySearch.org Product Manager) April 02, 2018 18:46
    I suggest you send a feedback on lds.org LCR tool where they can send messages. The request will go to the team that supports messages on lds.org.
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    • There is a new messaging feature on the LCR tool. I have 3 ward callings and I just switched them all around to see which ones can access the messaging tool. The family history one cannot currently access the tool. I agree with Ron. Send feedback regarding the messaging portion of LCR to see if it can be added to family history callings.
    • While you are waiting for the messaging tool to be updated, since you have already prayerfully counseled with your Bishop and ward leaders, the Bishop, Ward Clerk and/or Executive Secretary should be willing and able to forward your messages out to all the ward members. You can just email your message to the Bishop and WC/ES, and the Bishop can direct its dissemination. BTW, there are various other ward callings that do not have permissions to send to all ward members.
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  • Lindsey,

    You've already gotten some good ideas here. But I did want to point out that the FamilySearch tools would not be suitable for what you are trying to do anyway.

    If you are trying to build some enthusiasm in participating in FS, many of the people that you are trying to reach will not already have an account in FS for you to contact them through (i.e., since they've not done anything in FS yet).

    Trying to use FS tools to accomplish what you are working on is sort of like getting the cart before the horse at present :-)
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