1075-1078: An Insider’s View of Mormon Genealogy and Temple Work – Don Anderson (Casias)
March 6, 2019
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’: