"Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
― Linda Hogan
Over the summer while John, Whitney, and Samantha were in Europe I took the children to the familydiscovery center in the familysearch library. One of the beautiful things about the exhibit is how each child was able to see how they fit into a larger family picture.
"When you're a kid, you think you're the most important, you're the only person out there, the world revolves around you, and this is just one way to show them no, you are part of this massive world. You are just one link in the chain."
It reminded me again for the study conducted by Emery University that found "Family stories provide a sense of identity through time, and help children understand who they are in the world."
How could I not want children who are better adjusted, more resilient in the face of challenges with the higher their self-esteem and better able to deal with the effects of stress? I certainly need this in my life.
One of the things the children learned from this experience is how broad our family background is. How our ancestors come for many diverse places in the world. More questions were asked about what life might have been like, how and why they moved, and how interterconnected we all are. Of course with questions comes research and more knowledge building and adding to the rich legacy we all have.
They loved the mini ipads as well.
Technology for the win.
One of the children's favorite exhibit was the photo booth. They loved the period costumes and of course there was laughter as each of the boys added their face to a few of the women's apparel. They decide they would not make lovely woman.... they make me laugh.
My favorite part is the recording booth.
This is a tiny clip of our recording. I LOVE having this! I rarely remember to create video recordings of our family. Still photos, always. Videos not as much, so this is a treasure for me and the children. They love watching the few home videos we have. If you do nothing else, get your loved ones in and make a quick recording. It's wonderful!
We stopped for a quick photo at the familyhistory library and then headed upstairs for lunch.
How I love this diverse and beautiful group of people! How blessed I am to be their mother. I will treasure this day. The memories are priceless and heirloom. Researching family names will probably never be my strength but telling our stories and building our foundation comes easily, especially with such a great resource like the familydiscovery center.
“I believe we move and have our being in the presence of heavenly messengers and of heavenly beings. We are not separate from them. … We are closely related to our kindred, to our ancestors … who have preceded us into the spirit world. We can not forget them; we do not cease to love them; we always hold them in our hearts, in memory, and thus we are associated and united to them by ties that we can not break. … If this is the case with us in our finite condition, surrounded by our mortal weaknesses, … how much more certain it is … to believe that those who have been faithful, who have gone beyond … can see us better than we can see them; that they know us better than we know them. … We live in their presence, they see us, they are solicitous for our welfare, they love us now more than ever. For now they see the dangers that beset us; … their love for us and their desire for our well being must be greater than that which we feel for ourselves.” (Joseph F. Smith, in Conference Report, Apr. 1916, 2–3; see also Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 430–31.)