Lucky Summer Ward gets Pilot Program

To gather names more quickly for Family History, a pilot program was introduced on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Lucky Summer Ward in Nairobi East Stake. The pilot program brings the tools to the people to let them add their family names on Family Search International.

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To gather names more quickly for Family History, a pilot program was introduced on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Lucky Summer Ward in Nairobi East Stake. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kenya are eager to document their ancestors. The only thing holding Kenyan’s back is lack of computers and Wifi. The pilot program brings the tools to the people to let them add their family names on Family Search International. Each member of the seven wards in Nairobi East Stake will have the opportunity to add at least one name to their family tree as the weeks roll around.

       

High Councilman, Joseph Onyango, from Nairobi East Stake explained the program as he set out six laptops connected to the hotspot. The computers are only tuned to Family History and if taken or abused, they go dormant—instruments of the Lord, he said. Sunday, Lucky Summer had the use of the computers. With their membership number, they can log in to Family History. The ward clerk will determine a person’s membership number. The pilot program will be considered successful if at least one name per month per member is entered. This pilot program, works with the source of the world’s largest collection of family trees.   

       

Elder Onyango split those attending (over 100 members). First the YW and YM were encouraged to come to a computer and log in and record a family name, while Relief Society, Elders Quorum, and Primary went to classes. Moses Kopany, a member for a little over a year, brought his notebook with volumes of names to submit. Gabriel Andika, submitted two grandparent’s names, but has many more to add.

 

Many Youth enthusiastically collect names to submit to the Family History program. The students gather names by asking uncles and aunts after they have exhausted their parent’s memories. If members have the means to get to the Upper Hill Service Center there are computers there that can be used between times for adding more names to their family tree.

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