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Alice ClarkJanuary 8, 2017

I would love to see a photo of this wonderful tree you have created. I am in the process of getting my family excited about their ancestors. Some are not active but I am hoping that some changes will happen as they learn where they stand in the family tree. Don't have a place for such a large tree but have some ideas of smaller trees. Thanks so much for your article as it is very inspiring.

ChrisJanuary 1, 2017

Please keep on inspiring us from Joy School through Empty Nest Parenting and beyond!!! You have helped mold my philosophies of parenting and now grandparenting. Thank you!

Daniel BakerDecember 31, 2016

Keep it coming please

Sallie WebbDecember 30, 2016

Excellent article! I have always felt that the more we learn of our ancestors, the more we understand ourselves. Please k these articles coming!!

CatherineDecember 29, 2016

I just had my first grandchild and am so excited to follow this series on grandparenting! Thanks for all you do!

Cary HolmquistDecember 28, 2016

Your article, Linda and Richard, and all the comments are straight on the best pathways for practical approaches to sharing family stories! Thank you for sharing these methods. As I read your article, it occurred to me that you are literally fulfilling the prophecy of Malachi 4:6: "And he [Elijah] shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers...." When children learn about their ancestors' stories and their lives are enriched and strengthened as your article describes, their hearts are turned to their ancestors--and the strength/resilience and purpose the children find and experience is the blessing of their ancestors' hearts turning to the children. It can go on generation after generation All in fulfilling the Savior's purposes as He goes about His Father's work. Their great plan of happiness comes full circle.

Allen MuckleroyDecember 28, 2016

My wife is also a descendant of Erastus Willard Bingham, through his son Brigham Heber Bingham. Thanks for the Bingham story that we can now share with our children.

Stephen PhelpsDecember 28, 2016

This article is substantive, imaginative and practical. THANK YOU! I am blessed to be the father of 10 and grandfather of 48. I am 74 years old and bed-bound almost 24/7. But I spend as many hours a day as pain will permit gathering family histories and ancestors pictures from relatives and from I have printed three volumes of histories and pictures (nearly 1,000 pages in all) and shared them with our children, siblings and cousins. Our children use these volumes in Family Home Evenings regularly. I am encouraged by this article that perhaps this practice will bear fruit in the lives of our grandchildren over the years to come. My interest is piqued in the idea of re-writing these stories in children's language to be used as bedtime stories. THANK YOU for the ideas and encouragement in this article.

Linda BrewerDecember 28, 2016

I always love your great ideas! Thank you for sharing.

SusanDecember 28, 2016

Excellent! Please give us more articles on this topic.

RickDecember 28, 2016

Do you have any ideas specific to parents like me who have both biological and adopted children? It is a bit differerent when talking about ancestry, and while I think I treat them all equally in every way, the adopted children know that their biological heritage is different. They are all young adults. I want them to feel connected to our family history, while still respecting their biological heritage. Thanks for a great article with great ideas.

RickDecember 28, 2016

How practical are these ideas? I'd like to hear from others who have tried them!

Sandie MixaDecember 28, 2016

This is a fantastic idea - both the visual tree and the binder full of stories! As a former Joy School mom of the '90's and now a grandma of 20, I'm thrilled to see Richard and Linda continue to help me in my role as mom and grandma. I have many stories gathered. Now I need to put them in children's language. Thank you!

Paralee EckmanDecember 28, 2016

Please add me to a mailing list-- I already get Meridian Magazine.

Paralee EckmanDecember 28, 2016

I absolutely loved this article! I have always been interested in my ancestors, and my deceased husband and I have had printed books of their stories. When we meet as a family, we talk of all the fun my husband Wayne was, how he loved to win at family card games, etc., and his love of baseball. I am 82 years old, and soon will be moving close to many of my grand children and great grandchildren. These articles already have given me many ideas of how I can interact with them, and build our family love and solidarity. Keep them coming! Thank you so much!

S StephensonDecember 28, 2016

Love the Grandparenting articles. Keep them coming!

Lin FloydDecember 28, 2016

Excellent ideas. has already developed a fun little booklet called "My Family: Stories that Bring Us Together.? It's available in print from church store or online where it is preserved with dates and info from your family tree, places for a photo and a short story. See

Sue MaxwellDecember 28, 2016

Linda, This is a great idea for me to do for my step family members regarding my husband's ancestors. . This year, I had a big surprise, in that thinking that I was the first family pioneer in this church,, I totally stunned to find out that I have quite a few pioneer ancestors: 22 names were sent to me by Family Search! . That gave me an even closer tie to the church, and I also found out that I am cousins with a neighbor. Send my love to you children- .

Diane SimmonsDecember 28, 2016

I would love to see these articles continue. I love this idea of making books or stories to tell my grandchildren. I always felt a connection to my ancestors as my grandmother told me stories of my family. She wrote many of our family members histories! I have a lot of material to draw from. A fun way to make the book up would be Mixbook or Shutterfly. I think I will give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!



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