Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Family History!

A while back on Facebook I asked some friends about their experiences with family history and why they like to do it, or would be interested in it and I wanted to share some responses:

" It is fantastic to know where you come from! I feel like everyone wonders
what their heritage is at least once in their life, and knowing can help you
understand so much about yourself! Why you look the way you do, think the way
you do, act the way you do...it's all because of your background. And knowing
what my ancestors did makes me strive a little harder to be just a little bit
better every day."

" The stories inspire me to research more and more because I want to be a part of that person's life and belong to something bigger than just the here and now"

I loved these responses! Even though there are so many with struggling families,
nothing can replace it! There is nothing that replaces those feelings of
belonging, importance, and identity that we inherit from our families and ancestors. I feel that it is in this love and belonging of
family, even and especially from ones past, that we find courage for our own futures.

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taught that the Spirit of Elijah is “a manifestation of the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the divine nature of the family” (“A New Harvest Time,” Ensign, May 1998, 34). This distinctive influence of the Holy Ghost draws people to identify, document, and cherish their ancestors and family members—both past and present.

Learn more about WHY the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints do
Family History Work