Fortify Your Home: Share Food Traditions

August 29, 2017  - by 

Elder Dale G. Renlund described the healing power of family history in his 2016 RootsTech presentation. He promised that those who participate in family history and temple work will find “personal power—power to change, power to repent, power to learn, power to be sanctified, and power to turn the hearts of your family members to each other and heal that which needs healing.” Those blessings can come in moments when we most need them. As you bring your family together to share traditions and memories, you can begin to access that healing power and strengthen your relationships with each other.

Discover Your Stories

My love for family history began when I was a little girl. Every Sunday, we gathered around my grandmother’s table for family dinner. We always had the same meal: roast beef, mashed potatoes, red Jell-O, and Swedish coleslaw. I doubt my grandmother knew then that by doing those simple things of sharing stories, gathering us around the table and sharing family recipes, she was doing family history. She opened a window to the past, and she helped me get to know and love people I had never met.

Discover your family's food traditions!

Traditions like these, centered on food and family, can be a good place to start discovering your family’s story. Try some of these ideas to start building traditions that will bring lasting strength into your home:

  • Preserve family recipes online so that no matter where your family lives in the world, everybody will be able to access them.
  • Gather your family around the table, and use the Memories app to record the stories you share during your time together.
  • Save artifacts from your home or kitchen (special dishes, recipe books, or other objects) so your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have something tangible to help carry on your stories.
  • Your words matter. Write them down. Your words will uplift, inspire, and sustain your family in times of trial and will become precious to them.

Family History Can Heal

By the time I had turned 12, I had lost both of my grandfathers, who died at fairly young ages, but that year, I also lost my dad. I was brokenhearted and didn’t want to celebrate. On Christmas Eve, my grandmother gathered us around her table, and we did what we always did—family history. We made roast beef, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw. We constructed gingerbread houses, and we shared stories of the people from our past that now included stories about my dad. Those small and simple things that my grandmother did that night sustained us through a very great trial and helped heal our hearts.

Bring family together with food to do family history work.

These tips were presented by Crystal Farish during a class titled “Grandma’s Syrup: Fortifying Your Home with Family History,” at the 2017 RootsTech family history conference.

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