Have a Desire to Help
Many of us want to be more involved in family history, but feel that we lack the time, experience, or tools to be successful. What we may not realize, however, is that our desire is all we really need to get started.
Sister Wendy Watson Nelson said that “the Lord will provide everything we need to be successful in doing this work, including the inspiration, the information, the energy, the answers, the proxies, and even the time and desire. All we have to do is ask and show that we are serious in wanting to help.”
Just as has been promised here, if you show the Lord your willingness to make family history a priority, He will help you find everything you need to be successful in connecting with your family.
Gather with a Purpose
One important way to make those family connections more meaningful is to have a purpose when you gather with your loved ones. Whether you’re planning a family gathering, a reunion, or just a family home evening lesson, you can find ways to make family history a planned and purposeful part of those events. By doing so, you and your family will feel a deeper love for your ancestors and for each other.
- Get to know the “one”—research and share stories about your ancestors.
- Connect with your ancestors through their own words—find personal histories or journals to digitize and share.
- Save the stories, photos, and memories to the FamilySearch Memories app.
- Help everyone get involved, no matter their age.
No Matter the Distance, Gather
When I realized that my granny and grandpa were going to have their 81st wedding anniversary, I recognized a great opportunity for my family to gather, even though it had been many years since they had passed away. So I made a cute invitation, I created a family hashtag, and I sent links where my whole family could meet or gather through the internet on this great day to share their photos, their memories, and their stories.
All throughout that day, I was just so excited to be connecting and gathering with my family from all over the place. By the end of the day, I had seen photos I had never before seen of my granny. I heard stories about my grandpa that made me laugh and made me cry. At the end of the day, my cousin sent me an email and said, “I don’t know about you, but this was the best day ever.” She said, “I know Granny and Grandpa were celebrating with us.”
I believe the reason that we have technology is to feel things like this. Gathering and connecting our hearts is real and powerful when we are involved with family history, and thanks to the divinely inspired technology we have, we can connect no matter where we are. When we are prepared and we gather with a purpose, it makes everything different.
These tips were presented by Rhonna Farrer during a class titled “Grandma’s Syrup: Fortifying Your Home with Family History,” at the 2017 RootsTech family history conference.
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