The generations on either side of me link me to my past and my future. My view of family history involves revealing the roots and the branches.

Throughout this blog you will find perspectives related to the doctrines of temple and family history work from revealed revelation given to living prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Go Often and Regularly

Logan Temple - © Stuart Gardner
“Regular temple attendance is one of the simplest ways you can bless those who are waiting in the spirit world. If you live near a temple, partake of the opportunity to go often and regularly.” 

– Elder David B. Haight, “Personal Temple Worship,” Ensign, May 1993, p. 25.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memory Jogger Monday - May 25

Carol, Janice - 1949
Tell me about your mother (her name, birth date, birthplace, parents, and so on). Share some memories you have of your mother

Carol Ann Peterson was born in Woodland, California on November 15, 1948 to Darrel L Peterson and Leola Pierce Peterson. She was the 2nd child and 2nd daughter. Her older sister Janice was born in 1945.

Some of my favorite memories:

My mother seemed to always have patience with her children; all five of us. I don't remember her raising her voice very often. I don't know how she did it; I hope I can still learn this from her and I hope I can be more like her in this way. 

I remember one time that she went on strike! Myself and my siblings were not being very appreciative or cooperative and she had had enough. My dad had to do everything: cooking, laundry, school lunches, etc. It didn't last too long; at least I don't remember it lasting very long. I do remember it happening though and the lesson I learned was to be more appreciative.

She always taught us to "Clean As You Go". I try to do this mostly when I am cooking and it drives my husband nuts. He would rather fill the sink with dishes and then clean up afterward. I love it when I clean as I go and there are minimal dishes to do at the end of a meal.

The times I remember most are just the normal ordinary days when I would lay on her bed with her and we would talk about whatever topic we wanted to. Those are my best memories!
Carol and granddaughter Emma - 2008
There are many more memories; I will keep writing them down.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

We Shall Be Given The Rest

“Revelation comes to individual members as they are led to discover their family records in ways that are miraculous indeed.  And there is a feeling of inspiration attending this work that can be found in no other.  When we have done all that we can do, we shall be given the rest.  The way will be opened up.”  

- Boyd K. Packer, “The Redemption of the Dead,” Ensign, November 1975.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Digital Journaling Solutions

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Earlier this month I wrote a post about writing a personal history or keeping a journal. I mentioned that instead of using a notebook I was going to use the computer to document my life. Shortly after my post I had a family friend ask me what kind of digital journaling options were now available. I wasn't aware of the options myself, so I quickly polled a few of my Facebook friends to find out what they use and I did a Google search as well.

By no means is my list comprehensive; nor do I necessarily recommend any of these products. This is a simple list of what I was able to find online. If you use any of these products or know of other products, please share your thoughts in the comments at the end of this post.
Specifically for members of the LDS Church.

Free and paid options
Custom email reminders

Free and paid options
Attach photos, imbed YouTube videos
Paid: import from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Paid: download backup

Free for first 30 days, then $5/month

Private or public journal


69 digital journal apps for IOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices

This site ranks top apps/software and has many other journaling articles.

Free and paid options
Online and download
Mobile option (IOS, Android)

Free and paid options
Online and Download
Mobile options (IOS, Android)

Free and Paid
Personal history

30 day free, monthly or yearly subscription
Emailed questions - respond by phone or email

Other options:
Facebook - private posts, print to book
Private Blog, print to book
Google Docs/Drive
Word processing software

Some other resources:

AND ... check out this technology ... it is something I am excited for and can't wait for it to be affordable to everyone:

Remember to share in the comments what you use for journaling or personal history keeping. I would like to learn more about this topic.

***Updated 6 hours later ***
More questions to think about:
* What happens if the digital solution provider goes out of business; how will I access my content?
* Can I access my content outside of the solution (ie: .txt,.pdf, etc) as a backup?
* How will my posterity know about my online journal/history?
* Do I designate a beneficiary for my digital journal? Does the solution provide for beneficiary access?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Memory Jogger Monday - May 18

Donald, Darlene, Dennis - 1950
Tell me about your father (his name, birth date, birthplace, parents, and so on). Share some memories you have of your father.

Dennis Ray Ohms was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 22, 1945 to Raymond Henry Ohms and Helen Arlene Barr Ohms. He was the 4th child and 3rd son. His oldest brother Ronald was stillborn in 1936. The second child, a daughter Darlene was born in 1938; then brother Donald in 1940 and Dennis in 1945.

Some of my favorite memories:

Papa taught me to work hard. One way that he did this was by teaching me how to pull weeds when I was very young. We had a large garden. I remember packing my grain bag full of weeds, making sure to shake off all the dirt. We would get paid 5 cents per pound. I had my favorite weeds ... those without stickers and thorns.

Also, when I was a young child, my father was Santa! There were occasions where I was able to accompany him on his visits and deliveries as his helper elf. I remember riding in his old brown truck in the dark night as he made surprise visits and I remember hiding with him at the LDS Institute.
Santa 1980s
Last year for our family reunion we visited the homes and schools from his childhood. My sister compiled this collage of those places. My mom believes that this was one way for him to get us to write his history. I think it was a great idea.

There are so many more memories I have of him. I will continue to write them down.
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

We Must Keep Our Focus

Payson Temple - © Stuart Gardner
“ … and other choice spirits who were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times to take part in laying the foundations of the great latter-day work, including the building of the temples and the performance of ordinances therein for the redemption of the dead, were also in the spirit world.”
 – Doctrine and Covenants 138:53-54

“In order to perform this great work, we must be worthy. No wonder we are surrounded on every side with things designed to [disinterest], discourage, distract, or disqualify us. We must keep our focus, and we must remember that the temple is the reason for everything we do in the Church.” 
– Elaine S. Dalton, “We Did This For You,” October 2004 General Conference.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Memory Jogger Monday - May 11

When and where were you born? Describe your home, your neighborhood, and the town you grew up in.

I was born in September 2, 1971 at the Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City, Utah. When I was born my parents lived in a small trailer in a trailer park in Cedar City. Not long after I was born my parents moved to a little home in the country on Midvalley Road; actually in Iron County (not within any city limits). In the Google Map image above, it is the little home in the left of the picture. The home was built in the early 1900s and has two bedrooms. We lived in this home until my 3rd sibling was born and then we moved next door to the home on the right side of the above image. My family still own both of these homes and the land and those gardens and orchard you see above.

I lived in the country and would play in the irrigation ditches and pond across the street. We played in the old barns on our property and made them into our "hut" where we would hide out all summer long and have amazing adventures. We had some neighbor friends that we would play with that lived between 1/4 to 1/2 mile away.

The "town" was Cedar City and it was 7 miles away. My father worked at Southern Utah State College (later Southern Utah University) and our playground was also the campus when we would visit him at work. We played in and under the large trees, in the water fountains and throughout the campus buildings. And we spent some of our summer evenings helping him at the Shakespearean Festival Gift Shoppe.

Running through the fields in the daytime and Shakespeare under the stars in the evenings. These are some of my favorite memories.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mighty Perspective of Eternity is Unraveled

“Temple work … gives a wonderful opportunity for keeping alive our spiritual knowledge and strength. … The mighty perspective of eternity is unraveled before us in the holy temples; we see time from its infinite beginning to its endless end; and the drama of eternal life is unfolded before us. Then I see more clearly my place amidst the things of the universe, my place among the purposes of God; I am better able to place myself where I belong, and I am better able to value and to weigh, to separate and to organize the common, ordinary duties of my life so that the little things shall not oppress me or take away my vision of the greater things that God has given us.” 
– Elder John A. Widtsoe, Conference Report, Apr. 1922, pp. 97–98. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Set Your Kindred Free

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Set Your Kindred Free
Clara Lewis Jennings

Must I, behind locked doors, forever wait,
While you, who are on earth, procrastinate
Work which would set me free?
Must I cry out, unheard, forevermore,
And wait, in vain, behind this bleak, barred door
Because you would not see?

Must I, who once held loved ones tenderly,
Stretch out my arms through all eternity
While others move ahead?
Must I not know the joy of being sealed,
By this great power God has now revealed,
Because you failed your dead?

When I dwelt on the earth as mortal man,
The Lord had not revealed his gospel plan,
Which I accept as true!
I would have done my own work had I known,
And would not now be waiting here alone,
Depending so on you!

Please hear my voice before it is too late,
For you, and yours, will one day share my fate,
If you heed not my plea.
For God has spoken in this latter day,
Commanding you to open up the way,
To set your kindred free.

For in your day, the Lord has plainly said
That no man can be saved without his dead,
And so, I call once more;
As I must look to my posterity,
So must they also have the need of me.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Writing a Personal History or Keeping a Journal

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I love reading my ancestor's personal histories, journal entries, and letters they have written to their posterity. It is frustrating when I can't find any of these materials when researching an ancestor. Trying to piece together the story of their lives from documents like birth, marriage, and death certificates as well as census and newspaper stories is gratifying and yet oftentimes frustrating. I so wish I could read of their life in their own voice; I miss the emotion.

And yet I haven't been very good at keeping my own journal or recording my own personal history. If I don't record something about my memories and my experiences, they will be gone at my death. And what will my posterity think of me? I have spent much of my life researching and documenting my ancestor's lives and yet I have not yet documented my own life. Today, that is going to change.

Spencer W. Kimball
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“Your private journal should record the way you face up to challenges that beset you. Do not suppose life changes so much that your experiences will not be interesting to your posterity. Experiences of work, relations with people, and an awareness of the rightness and wrongness of actions will always be relevant. Your journal, like most others, will tell of problems as old as the world and how you dealt with them.

“Your journal should contain your true self rather than a picture of you when you are “made up” for a public performance. There is a temptation to paint one’s virtues in rich color and whitewash the vices, but there is also the opposite pitfall of accentuating the negative.

“Your journal is your autobiography, so it should be kept carefully. You are unique, and there may be incidents in your experience that are more noble and praiseworthy in their way than those recorded in any other life.

“What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved? Some of what you write may be humdrum dates and places, but there will also be rich passages that will be quoted by your posterity.

“We hope you will begin as of this date. If you have not already commenced this important duty in your lives, get a good notebook, a good book that will last through time and into eternity for the angels to look upon. Begin today and write in it your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements, and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. We hope you will do this, our brothers and sisters, for this is what the Lord has commanded, and those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives.
 - President Spencer W. Kimball, “President Kimball Speaks Out On Personal Journals,” New Era, December 1980.

Instead of a notebook, I am going to use the computer. Initially, I am going to use this blog and perhaps in the future I will use other software programs (word documents, notebook programs, etc). I encourage you to join me in this process; to start or begin again. 

To help me document my life, I am going to share some "memory jogging" questions every Monday on this blog and my answer to their questions. One question/topic once a week. Here is today's topic:

What is your full name? 
Why did your parents give you that name?

My full name is Amy Ohms Archibald. My parents named me "Amy" after a song that was written by Bobby Darin and performed by Glenn Yarbrough called "Amy". "Amy, soft as the April snow, Amy, lovely as indigo..." I have indigo colored eyes. They loved Glenn and they still do; they are even his Facebook fans today. Glenn is now 85 years old. My parents did not give any of their daughters middle names because when we got married we could use our maiden name as a middle name. My entire life I wanted a middle name and so did my sisters. Sometimes we would make up our own middle names and write them on our school papers, etc. Because of these feelings I had as a child, I have given my daughter a middle name.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Your Personal History Will Turn Hearts

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“I personally believe that the writing of personal and family histories will do more to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the fathers to children than almost anything we can do. I am sure you will never turn your own children’s hearts more to you than you will by keeping a journal and writing your personal history. They will ultimately love to find out about your successes and your failures and your peculiarities. It will tell them a lot about themselves, too. They will get a great desire to raise a family of their own when they see what a great blessing they were to you.” 
– Hartman Rector, Jr, “Turning the Hearts,” Ensign, April 1981.