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My ancestor did what? Sharing stories from family history

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    March 12, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    You will probably find heroes and villains if you look hard enough.

    No matter. I obtain a heritage to be lived up to by the one, but gain no glory vicariously.
    By the other I learn from their mistakes and am protected from false pride. Even Jesus had some sad tales of villainy in the history of his family. Who has not?

  • Mary E Petty Sandy, UT
    March 12, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    We live by the motto: Ancestors are the People of History. We know that the truths of their lives, their legacy to us, can only be applied as we turn our hearts to our fathers and seek them out; and then be learned from discovering and studying their lives and place in history. Instead of relying on family tradition, celebrity and popularly written history, textbook interpretations, political correctness, or media analysis and commentary, we know we should do as we have been counseled: identify and document our own family tree. With such documentation will come much needed truth in the stories of our ancestors and the knowledge about history that we can apply and use today to make a better future for tomorrow.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    March 13, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    You know what drives me crazy? it is in Sunday school people telling you to only write in our journals about faith promoting experiences. Humbug!! we should be writing in our true voice and say what is going through our minds at that moment. Otherwise all of our blood is drained out of our prose. Do we use journals as a way to frame our momentary problems or do we even lie to our journals that everything is wonderful when in fact it's not?