Request Ordinance Ready Names by Number and Gender
I set an appointment for my wife and me to complete initiatories in the Los Angeles Temple, and I then clicked on familysearch, temple, and "ordinance ready" to find our names in my family tree. I discovered two problems. First, the search only generated 5 names. Second, the search only generated male names (presumably because I currently self-identify as male, which I'm considering changing back and forth as needed after this experience with familysearch).
Because of this problem, I called the family history help line and spoke with two full-time family history missionaries. I explained the problem, and they both said that my request is valid, but the current system doesn't offer the needed features. One missionary explained how beneficial it is for each person to have and use his or her own account. In fact, in the event of the death of the user, the entire account will be locked and unavailable to the surviving spouse.
I replied that that is not how life works. Some couples have and use one account to find names and place them in the temple queue. Sometimes the husband or the wife in a marriage has more interest, expertise, or available names. Sometimes couples rely on one account more than both accounts at certain stages of life for various reasons.
This is a call for users to gain more control over the number and gender of the names generated in the "temple ready" search.
Since we promote freedom in our society, since we trust temple-worthy members who are seeking blessings for their deceased ancestors, since members approach family history in various ways, and since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints listens to its members, let's hereby agree to remove all barriers to the work of bringing the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ to members on both sides of the veil, starting with removing the number and gender restrictions in the "ordinance ready" search.