"Since I turned 12, every general conference that we have both been in the area I have gone to the general priesthood session with my Dad. These occasions have provided some of my fondest memories. When I was a teenager we would often walk the three to four miles from our home to attend conference in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, and on the way I would have the opportunity to ask my Dad hundreds of questions and learn so much. Lately we have driven to my Dad's stake center and have had the opportunity to talk with friends that I knew as a boy.
Last night I reflected that after thirty five years of this tradition we will enter into a new phase next April. Rock and Tank will both be 12, and I can take them with me and involve them in our tradition, including arriving at my parents' house a few minutes early to talk with my Mom and staying afterwards for ice cream with my Mom and Dad. Hopefully this will be the start of a lengthy tradition, involving Brick and Dash in a few more years, that will last for decades into the future, and that will include my own grandsons at some point.
There is something powerful, even magical, about family and ancestry, and the traditions that tie us together through generations. There is something so powerful to me in reading the words of my ancestors and imagining their lives and what we share in the way of characteristics and experiences. I hope to do everything I can to preserve the traditions I have received and to add my own words and influence to that of my ancestors in order to have an impact on my posterity." John