My 3 Monsters: History in the Making

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2.23.2010

History in the Making

I've been asked to teach a class about writing personal histories at our Stake Women's Conference this Saturday.  It's something that I'm passionate about, I guess, though I didn't really realize it until now.  As I was researching what kinds of things are considered personal histories, I realized I had done all of them . . . collections of letters I have written, journals, photo histories, collections of memorabilia . . . all of them in my possession.  I can remember writing in my journal when I was a teen, wondering if one of my descendants would one day read the experiences I was recording.  (I have since re-read many of those journal entries and they will be of little to no worth to anyone, ever, I am sure.  Except for maybe a good laugh.)  In my research for the class I  found a beautiful quote from John H. Groberg, the man whose personal history was the basis for the movie The Other Side of Heaven.  He said,
"There is something eternal in the very nature of writing, as is so graphically illustrated by the scriptures themselves.  In a very real sense, our properly written histories are a very important part of our family scripture and become a great source of spiritual strength to us and to our posterity. ... I have a strong feeling that when this life is over, our personal and family histories and the influence they wield will be of much greater importance than we now think." 
I have recently had this little old blog of mine published into a book, using the Blurb website.  I don't know if it's "properly written", but it is what I have to leave behind as a record of these past few years in the lives of my family.  And, for what it's worth, I'm proud of that.  Spencer W. Kimball, former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said, " . . . let no family go into eternity without having left their memoirs for their children, their grandchildren, and their posterity".  I agree whole-heartedly.  I want those who come after me to know who I was, what I believed, and how I lived.  Whether or not they will find it inspirational remains to be seen.  Hopefully they'll learn, at the very least, that I strongly believe in laughing your way through the hard times, looking for the silver linings in the dark clouds, and supporting those you love.  It's humbling to think about what you are doing now and how it fits into the grand scheme of things.  Kind of makes me want to do better and pull a little more of my own weight.

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