I have, at times, considered the story of Zion’s Camp. It is one of those stories where the goals were not accomplished, leaving the thought by many, that this expedition was a total failure. With this precept I begin my story.
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In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non- profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society.
“Remember who you are.” It’s a simple phrase, but one with deep meaning. I have said it many times as my children have walked out the door – off to school, out with friends or on a date. But in this instance, let’s add one more line – “Remember who you are…and where you came from.” Remembering is powerful. But now, helping youth remember is more. It is vital.
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As I sorted through my mother's garage, I pulled out a picture with an old frame and no glass with poses of a little girl. It had stains and scratches, but it called to me. I recognized the girl as Ruth, Mom’s older sister who died when she was six years old of pneumonia. I felt a terrible sadness that there was no place on earth where someone cherished Ruthie’s picture and told her stories. I resolved to change that.
Writing and/or recording your own personal story is more than a classic heirloom to pass on to family (which is an important reason to do it anyway), but it is something more. It is a chance to look at your life and see that your life that is one well-lived and to see that you have overcome triumphs, celebrated joys and survived heartaches. And not only is it therapeutic for you, it will be for countless generations after you are no longer here.
A few weeks ago, my husband was talking to a room full of teenagers. He told them a story about a young African man that walked several miles a day to earn money to visit a religious temple. As far as worldly riches, the young man had nothing and it took him a few years to earn the money, but he did it. He made a real and significant sacrifice for his faith. “In each of your families you have someone like that. Someone that sacrificed for their faith. Find out who they are and what they did. You will be stronger for it.”