When Jessie sent me a message asking if I would be willing to participate I giggled but said yes. Jessie is so kind I would do anything for Jessie.
This morning while I cleaned up from the weekend fun, washing last night's party dishes, folding freshly laundered clothing, and ironing Sunday shirts I listened to the podcast: Family History Modernized. I cringed at my voice and wished I had been more articulate. Perhaps that is why I enjoy writing more, especially now with the different apps that help with my grammar and spelling. There is something wonderful about going slow, thinking about a response and editing if possible for more clarity.
Still, I'm glad I did it. I am trying to be in more photos and recordings, even if I am wearing the same dress as yesterday today while I work. It's so comfy and could get a little dirtier before I launder it. I have been waiting to get back into shape before I get into the photos. Waiting and waiting to be more healthy, but as I wait years go by, and I am not present in our own stories. I am getting healthy slowly, but I don't want to keep waiting.
Also for the record, I don't love ironing. I don't know why. I dislike emptying the dishwasher more, but ironing is still up there. However, I love John, so I do it for him.
Back to the podcast...
Jessie sent an email with some questions she wanted to ask, and I decided I wanted to briefly answer them and include the responses here as well.
-Your scripture journal process. They are absolutely amazing & are definitely a part of your family history. Can you tell me a little bit about that, your process & how you got started?
“The spirit of Elijah is ‘a manifestation of the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the divine nature of the family.’ This distinctive influence of the Holy Ghost draws people to identify, document, and cherish their ancestors and family members—both past and present.“ David A. Bednar, "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn," General Conference, October 2011.
The Holy Ghost has been prompting me since I was eight years old to record my story. That is the spirit of Elijah.
The Holy Ghost has been guiding me to the stories of my ancestors and helping me know how to share them. That is the spirit of Elijah.
The Holy Ghost has inspired my mind in ways to help my family on both sides of the veil be joined and strengthened. That is the spirit of Elijah.
Understanding the way the Holy Ghost helps Elijah fulfill his mission is beautiful.
Remember you can hear other more inspiring people on Jessie's podcast. FAMILY HISTORY MODERNIZED PODCAST by Jessie McKinley