"We hoped they'd call us on a mission."
And they did!!!
FAMILY AND CHURCH HISTORY HEADQUARTERS MISSION
SALT LAKE CITY UTAH
Fulfill the prophetic vision of effectively utilizing missionaries to assist in the
growing needs of the Family History, Church History and Headquarters
Departments of the Church in achieving each of their purposes.
As missionaries in the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission,
accomplish the intent of the Mission Statement by
being active participants in each of the following Core Objectives:
Learn the necessary skills to perform zone duties in
coordination and partnership with staff employees.
REDEEM THE DEAD
Strive to conduct weekly personal genealogical research resulting in
the submission of names to the temple and regularly performing
temple ordinance work on behalf of our ancestors.
TURN OUR HEARTS
Keep a faithful written record of the family histories of our ancestors,
write personal histories and keep a personal journal.
HONOR OUR HERITAGE
Develop a greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation of
Church history by becoming familiar with and making good use of
the Church History Library's valuable resources.
Love, respect and appreciate patrons, staff and fellow missionaries.
Live worthy of the Spirit by keeping gospel covenants and
through our actions promote an atmosphere where
the blessings of the Spirit can be enjoyed.
Strive diligently to become more Christlike by
increasing our own personal sanctification.
Warren G. Tate, 70, and Suzanne Jeppson Tate, five children, Holladay 3rd Ward, Salt Lake Holladay Stake; Family and Church History Headquarters Mission. President Tate is a former Seventy, president of the Nevada Las Vegas Mission, counselor in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission, member of the General Church Music committee, counselor in a stake presidency, and missionary in Ireland. Owner-partner in Tate/Brubaker Real Estate Services. Born in Levan, Utah, to Gerald Edwin and Ruth Beagley Tate.
Sister Tate is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, member of the General Church Music committee, stake choir director, stake cultural arts specialist, Relief Society teacher, Primary teacher, ward choir director, and young single adult adviser. Born in Salt Lake City to Edward Mayer and Elizabeth Whitaker Taylor Jeppson.
With more than 1,000 missionaries from all across the world serving in the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission, it could be considered the largest LDS mission in the world, one that few people have even heard of.
“Most people who have never heard very much about this [mission] are aghast at how big this is,” said President Warren G. Tate. “It’s a little city over here, and most people don’t know about this.”
The mission itself covers very little ground. “We are in basically four different buildings,” President Tate said. “We’re in the Family History Library, the Church History Library, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and the Church Office Building.”
Their responsibility, as outlined by the mission statement, is to “fulfill the prophetic vision of effectively utilizing missionaries to assist in the growing needs of the Family History, Church History, and Headquarters Departments of the Church in achieving each of their purposes.” From digital imaging processing of Church and family history records to translation and services for those who are deaf or have hearing impairments in the Family History Library, the missionaries help to keep Church headquarters running.
The elders, who have health challenges ranging from Asperger’s to cerebral palsy, serve just like in any other mission. “These young elders do not proselyte the way other elders do, but every Sunday evening they teach Preach My Gospel lessons to the senior couples,” said President Tate.
“These are not downtrodden, feel-sorry-for-them kids,” he said. “These are [young adults] that are wonderful. They’ve stolen my heart, that’s for sure.”