Family History: Journals

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Why Write a Journal

Joseph Fielding Smith— “Every important event in our lives should be placed in a record, by us individually. … If you have accomplished something worth while during the day, put it down; it may be of use to posterity.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:204.)

Spencer W. Kimball— “Your story should be written now while it is fresh and while the true details are available. …

“Write [about] your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. …

“Those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives.”

(President Kimball Speaks Out, pages 57, 59.)

What to Write

Friend January 1987

Friend January 1987Link includes lesson ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Idea: Put the following into a jar and choose one to write about each week.

 

Friend February 2017

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Ways to Do a Journal

Ensign June 2017 Make a Goal to Keep a Journal (Link includes a story about why to keep a journal)

Do you want to keep a journal but don’t know where to start? Consider one or more of the following ways to document your life and testimony:
Keep a traditional written journal.

Keep a gratitude journal.

Use a journal app.

Make a photo journal, complete with captions.

Keep an audio journal with a digital recorder.

Use your social media account to document your experiences.

 Journaling to Deal with Life’s Problems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend December 2016 “Not So Great Sixth Grade Year”  Writing in a journal helps a girl deal with the difficulties of moving and going to a new school. (Includes some ideas of what to write in a journal.)

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Family History: Stories

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Friend October 2017 “Ashlyn’s Family Tree” Ashlyn is excited to learn where family members go on her family tree that she got in Primary. She adds her siblings to make her family that she loves complete.

 

 

 

 

Friend October 2017 “Finding Lydia” Lydia isn’t excited to be graduating from Primary and going to Young Women’s, but she becomes more excited when her mother finds some family names for her to do baptisms for in the temple, and one is named Lydia.

 

 

 

 

Friend February 2017 “The Treasure Box” Some children are excited to see what is in their father’s treasure box. At family home evening they discover it is filled with personal history items.

 

 

 

 

Friend November 2016 “The Great Family History Mystery”  A family searches for the gravestone of a great grandfather.

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Friend October 2016 ” My Family Tree” A seven year old takes the stake challenge to find five names of ancestors who need temple work.
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Friend July 2015 “Temple Time” Boy helps his with family history on computer so parents can do the family members work at temple.
Friend July 2015 "Temple Time"
Friend January 1987 Jessica wants a tin type (photo) of her family, especially of her grandfather who is dying.

Friend July 1983

Friend July 1983

Friend August 1983

Friend August 1983

Friend September 2015

Friend September 2015 “Lindsey’s Family Puzzle”

 

Friend September 2015 "Lindsey's Family Puzzle"

Friend September 2015 “Lindsey’s Family Puzzle”


Family History: Lesson Ideas

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Family History Service

Indexing

Friend May 2017 “For Older Kids” Try indexing! This means typing what old records say so people can search for their ancestors online. Have a parent help you download the program, or visit a family history center to do it.

Children Can Do Family History

Friend September 2017 “I Can Do Family History” A real life example and photos of children in a family that do family history and how they do it.

Learning About Ancestors

It gives me a good feeling to work on family history. I’m learning the names of lots of my ancestors and learning to upload their photos too. Someday when I meet them in heaven, I’ll already know them. Aidan A., age 10, Utah, USA

Friend September 2015

Friend September 2015 – Use technology to find names to take to the temple.

Have family members create skits about family history stories and act them out for family home evening. Ensign April 2017

Family Search.org

Friend September 2017 “For Older Children” Ask your parents for old family obituaries. These are usually newspaper clippings that announce a person’s death and tell about their life. What do you want people to remember about you? Make a list of 10 things. Then upload the obituaries to FamilySearch.org.

Saving Family History Items

Friend March 2017 “Family Night Fun” Each person collects an item to put in a treasure chest and tells why that item is a treasure to them.

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Friend March 2017 “For Older Kids” Make a time capsule, and what would your ancestors have put in a time capsule

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Friend November 2017 Make a family recipe! Do you know which family member it came from? Upload pictures of the recipe to the memories page of that family member on FamilySearch.org.

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Family History Stories Influences

Friend September 2017 “Following Faithful Examples” Elder Rasband keeps a painting in his office that reminds him of his ancestors stories of faith and sacrifice because it helps him remember their good examples.

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Friend December 2016 “For Parents of Little Ones” Tell your child true stories of your childhood or about them when they were younger. Tell them the stories as you drive in the car or before bedtime, etc.

Friend July 2016 Link also includes a funny family story about ducks.

Friend July 2016 Link also includes a funny family history story about ducks.

 

 

 

 

 



Family History: Activities & Games

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Present Family History

 

 

 

 

 

 

Present & Past Family History

 

 

 

 

 

 

See  more “Family History Mystery” in each Friend in 2015- March, April  May , June, July, Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.

 

 

Friend March 1982

Friend March 1982

Friend April 1980

Friend April 1980