Taking a family name to the temple using FamilySearch Family Tree has always included the step of printing a Family Ordinance Request (FOR) form. The FOR was then taken to the temple office where a temple worker used it to print out family ordinance cards, which were then used for ordinance work. As a result of a new collaboration between the Temple and Family History departments, temple patrons will now be able to print out family ordinance cards at home, cutting out that extra step and making the temple experience simpler.
How It Works
Printing your own family ordinance cards follows the same process you have likely followed in the past to print out an FOR. From the Temple Reservations page, you simply select the check box next to the name of the person for whom you would like to print the cards, and then click the blue Print button that activates at the top of the page.
From the drop-down menu, select Print Temple Cards, and follow the on-screen prompts
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to print my family ordinance cards on thicker card stock paper?
There is no need to print on card stock quality paper. The temple will accept new family ordinance cards that are printed on standard white printer paper. Once the cards are printed, you can take them directly to the temple to perform the ordinances.
Do I have to use any colored paper or colored ink to print my cards?
No. Please use normal white paper with black ink. There is no need to use colored paper or card stock or colored ink to indicate the sex of the individual. The cards have been redesigned so that there is no need to use color to show the sex of the individual or the ordinances needed. This also helps reduce paper waste since multiple card types can be printed on the same sheet at once.
Can I print the family ordinance cards on both sides of paper?
No. The cards printed on each side of the sheet of paper will not line up properly. Printing on both sides of the paper will result in incomplete card batches.
When will I be able to print family ordinance cards from home?
The ability to print family ordinance cards from home will be activated stake by stake, based on which temple district you live in. This process started in November, 2015, and will continue through the first few months of 2016. The order and timing will be determined by the Temple Department. There is no option to request early access.
What languages will this option be available in?
Once this feature is available worldwide, you will be able to print family ordinance cards in 42 different languages. However, as we begin to roll this feature out, we will start with English first. Additional languages will be added in the near future.