I knew something was wrong. My cellphone had been buzzing nonstop during my ‎late Monday afternoon meetings. When I finally had a chance to return the call, I found it was ‎Mark McOmber, our ward mission leader.

Why was he so anxious? Was there an emergency? ‎Was someone in our ward hurt? I hoped it was good news — maybe a baptism needed to be scheduled ‎in the ward.‎

Mark’s voice was tense and edgy. “Thanks a lot,” he began sarcastically.

My heart began to ‎thump loudly. What had I done wrong?

“You know that lesson you taught the young men ‎yesterday?” he asked.

My mind raced back to the day before, trying to recall anything offensive I might ‎have said during my lesson on the new "My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together" booklet and ‎the new familysearch.org website. My goal was to try to convince the young men they ‎could do family history work just as well as their parents and grandparents, if not better. And ‎that they would enjoy it and receive spiritual protection as promised by Elder David A. Bednar ‎in his October 2011 general conference address. ‎

‎“You mean the lesson on family history?” I asked hesitatingly.

Mark had two sons who attended ‎the lesson — Bryan, a priest, and Colton, a newly ordained deacon in our ward. I could not think ‎of an offensive remark I may have made. Overall, I felt the lesson went well, but there were ‎enough blank stares and sleepy eyes to make me wonder if I had just wasted 45 minutes ‎of everyone’s lives.‎

‎“Yes,” he retorted. “My son Colton came home from church that day and spent the afternoon ‎on familysearch.org. I have been told for years that all of the temple work for my ancestors is ‎finished, but he immediately found five names with uncompleted ordinances. The website ‎then required Colton to get permission to do the ordinances from the closest living relative of ‎that person.”‎

Mark paused for effect and I wondered where this was going. Why was he so mad? Did his son ‎figure out a way to override reserved names or crash the system?‎

Then he continued, “The closest living relative happened to be Colton’s grandmother, who was ‎happy he was doing family history work and readily gave him permission. After that he found ‎so many names it was hard to keep track. By Monday afternoon we counted that Colton had ‎found more than 50 names, which totaled more than 130 temple ordinances ‎that needed to be done.” ‎

Now I was really confused. Was this not a good thing? ‎

‎“Scott, I’m very busy. How am I ever going to have time to do all of this temple work?” Then ‎he burst out laughing. “Nice job on the lesson.” ‎

I smiled. “Nice job on the booklet and new website,” I thought.‎

Scott practices bankruptcy law with Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP in Phoenix.