In this interview, we interview Don Anderson (Casias) regarding the 12+ years he worked as Sr. Vice President of Patron & Partner Services for FamilySearch for the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Topics we will discuss today include:
- The process for name extraction, and the challenge to find enough names for temple work.
- The use and occasional re-use of ordinance names for temple work.
- The tendency to harvest names of famous people to do their temple work.
- The controversy around the performance of ordinances for holocaust victims.
- Concerns around the ability to prevent temple work from being done for those who do not desire the work.
- The Mormon genealogy industry.
- How FamilySearch handles the history of deceased church leaders.
- His interactions with LDS apostles during his work there.
- His own story/faith journey.
- And much, much more!
Part 1 – Don describes the scope of duplication in the LDS Church’s ordinance work for the dead:
Part 2 – Don shares the joys and difficulties of working for the LDS Church:
Part 3 – Don shares the difficulties the LDS Church faces in the architecture of the ‘family tree’:
Part 4 – Don shares his personal faith journey: