“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6)
Elijah was a prophet. We can read about him in 1 Kings chapters 16 & 17. However, Malachi prophesied that Elijah would come in the last days, before the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Elijah would visit and latter-day prophet and restore the Priesthood keys that would allow the hearts of the children to turn to their fathers and the hearts of the father to turn to their children. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that Elijah did come and restore those Keys to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on the 3 April 1836 in the Kirkland Temple.
These keys allow us to be sealed to our families throughout all generations and throughout all time. The sealing ordinance is performed in Latter-Day Saint temples throughout the world. We are encouraged by our church leaders to seek out our kindred dead and to perform this sacred work for them by proxy, by the use of sacred Priesthood keys.
Our Heavenly Father has provided a way for all his children to be saved, even those who are beyond the veil of death, so all can receive of the blessings and the rights of the Priesthood for all eternity.
You can begin your own family own research by setting up a family tree at www.familysearch.org.
I bear testimony that this is the sacred name of the Lord and as the scriptures state, that many are called, but few are chosen – many are called by their ancestors to complete this work for them, but because the way is hard, many fail. A few years ago my daughter, son-in-law, myself and many strangers spent several hours completing the sealing for 81 of my ancestors. A tenderness filled the room and we did not tire, the brethren called by God to perform the sealing rites was long past due to leave, but yet he stayed. It was a great blessing to all that came into that sealing room that day, the living and the dead.