“… I encourage you … to begin to unlock the knowledge of who you really are by learning more about your forebears. Alex Haley, the author of the book Roots, said:
‘In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage—to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.’ (“What Roots Means to Me,” Reader’s Digest, May 1977, 73–74.)"We can have exciting experiences as we learn about our vibrant, dynamic ancestors. They were very real, living people with problems, hopes, and dreams like we have today.”
- President James E. Faust, “The Phenomenon That Is You,” LDS General Conference, October 2003.