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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Memory Jogger Monday - April 25

If you were to leave 5 different bits of advice for your future posterity, what would they be?

  • Love, Just Love Each Other
  • Spend Time Together
  • Be Obedient
  • Pray For One Another
  • Be Worthy To Always Be In The Temple
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

We Have The Covenant Responsibility To Search Out Our Ancestors

Mesa Arizona Temple - Stuart L. Gardner Photography
"The Spirit of Elijah affects people inside and outside of the Church. However, as members of Christ’s restored Church, we have the covenant responsibility to search out our ancestors and provide for them the saving ordinances of the gospel. “They without us should not be made perfect” (Hebrews 11:40; see also Teachings: Joseph Smith, 475). And “neither can we without our dead be made perfect” (D&C 128:15).  For these reasons we do family history research, build temples, and perform vicarious ordinances. For these reasons Elijah was sent to restore the sealing authority that binds on earth and in heaven. We are the Lord’s agents in the work of salvation and exaltation that will prevent “the whole earth [from being] smitten with a curse” (D&C 110:15) when He returns again. This is our duty and great blessing." 

- Elder David A. Bednar, The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn, General Conference, October 2011.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Memory Jogger Monday - April 18

When all is said and done, what do you want to be remembered for? What would you like your legacy to be? What are you doing now to make that happen?

I would like to be remembered as the "Family Gatherer".

I love finding cousins and putting families, long separated, together. I am a reunion organizer, family party planner, family history researcher and I serve my ancestors and relatives by providing them essential temple ordinances.

Sometimes, even just putting a family all together in FamilySearch Family Tree brings so much peace. There is comfort in knowing that they are all together in one central place.

I would hope that I will be remembered for making connections and bringing people together. 

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Memory Jogger Monday - April 11

If you could go back in time and do things over again, what would you change?

  • Try out for high school basketball.
  • Serve as a full-time LDS missionary.
  • Spend a semester studying in Jerusalem.
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They That Be With Us Are More

Ministry of Angels - Kerri Guthrie
“Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

“And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

“And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 
- 2 Kings 6:14-17

I believe that when we are involved in doing work for our ancestors, they provide protection to us. Perhaps it looks like this.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Only In Temples

St George Utah Temple - Stuart L. Gardner
"Church leaders organize stakes, wards, quorums, Church auxiliaries, missions, and so forth in our chapels and other buildings. The Lord organizes eternal families only in temples.

- Elder Quentin L. cook, "See Yourself in the Temple," LDS General Conference, April 2016.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Memory Jogger Monday - April 4

Bryce Canyon National Park - June 2015
In how many places have you lived during your lifetime? Provide a brief description of each place you’ve lived, why you lived there, and why you moved.

Cedar City, Utah
I was born in Cedar City, Utah and I lived there in a little trailer park for the first year of my life. 

Iron County, Utah
My parents moved to the country (near Enoch, Utah) when I was a baby and I lived there through my young adult years. Our family only moved one more time; to the house next door.

Cedar City, Utah
I moved to "town" to attend college at Southern Utah State College (later Southern Utah University). I lived in many different apartments and sometimes back home while I went to school.

Elverta, California
After the first year of college, I took a break from school and lived in California with our family friends, the Heaps Family, and worked as a bank teller for Security Pacific for a few months. I then decided I wanted to go back home and go to school

Salt Lake City, Utah
After I graduated from college I got a full-time job working at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I lived for a few months with my Aunt Dar and Uncle Brent and later lived in 3 different apartments and had a half dozen roommates.

Logan, Utah
I moved to Logan to work at Utah State University and lived in a condo with two other girls (school teachers).

Bountiful, Utah
I got married and moved to Bountiful where Scott had a condo. He worked in Salt Lake City at KSL TV. I also worked in Salt Lake City for awhile at Deseret Book and later at the LDS Business College. We served as volunteers for the 2002 Winter Olympics while we lived in Bountiful.

Clearfield, Utah
We bought our first home in Clearfield in 2004 and have been here since. For six years I worked at Weber State in Ogden and how I'm focusing on caring for our home, family, and pursing other interests and hobbies.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Memory Jogger Monday - March 28

What are some of the life lessons that you would like to pass on to your posterity?

Clean as you go.
A smile breaks down any barrier.
Improve yourself, don't compare yourself to others.
Prepare, plan, and move forward.
Stop, stand still and listen for the Holy Ghost
Breathe deeply.
Obedience brings blessings.
Plant seeds from which you will never harvest.
Don't spend time collecting things ... spend time gathering family.

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They Came 180 Years Ago Today ... The Beginning of the Blessing

The Lord Appears in the Kirtland Temple, Photo from LDS Media Library
Visions manifested to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, April 3, 1836. The occasion was that of a Sabbath day meeting. Joseph Smith’s history states: “In the afternoon, I assisted the other Presidents in distributing the Lord’s Supper to the Church, receiving it from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate at the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brethren, I retired to the pulpit, the veils being dropped, and bowed myself, with Oliver Cowdery, in solemn and silent prayer. After rising from prayer, the following vision was opened to both of us.”

The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.

We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.

His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:

I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.

Behold, your sins are forgiven you; you are clean before me; therefore, lift up your heads and rejoice.

Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to my name.

For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house.

Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house.

Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.

And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.

After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.

After this, Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed.

After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:

Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—

To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—

Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.