Last night we had our youth family history fireside. About 8 -10 youth were present and maybe a dozen adults. A good start.
I tried to keep my presentation very simple - targeted at those who had no knowledge of finding names and processing them through NewFamily Search. We had some advanced questions, but it seemed to work ok. Think I'll make a very short survey for those who attended - see what they got from it.
We had an intro, good story from our new family history consultant. He was adopted at 2 and 1/2 years old from an orphanage in Germany. Did not know about his birth parents. One day last year he sat next to a man on a plane that was from the town were the orphanage was located.The man's brother (think I'm getting this right, or close anyway) worked with German government records for 30 years and loves to do research. Soon our brother received information about his birth family, including a family tree of 4700 names!
Next I did my presentation with a projector & laptop. We went live to the lds youth website, youth & family history pages, and through the 5 steps on the Discover page - how to prepare a name for temple work. I finished with the 'serving others' video to help create a vision for the young people on how helpful they could become to those who are not computer literate.
Then our good Bishop closed. A few hours before the fireside he created a fan (link is on youth family history web page). He was surprised to see the empty places in the 9 generation chart, thinking that all the work had been done. (He is a 4th generation bishop!) He and his youngest daughter identified a great aunt (?) who never had children, and had no work done for her. They are preparing her name for the temple.
I am thrilled to be engaged in this work. If we can assist just few people to prepare their ancester's names for temple work today, think of the significance through time. Once folks get started they will gain the skills & understanding needed to continue, and to help others. It's fun!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Go to lds.org, scroll down & on the left side you will find a list of related sites. One of them is the lds youth site. Go there, then look at the link for youth & family history. Click that and you will find a great way to start, or continue, your family work. There are simple videos to guide you, testimonies and experiences of youth, and ideas on how to help others. Great stuff!
Our plan is to start with a fireside tomorrow night in our chapel. I will be navigating through the lds youth family history pages, introducing everyone to the steps necessary to find and prepare a name. (I learned about a new fun program I used to make a powerpoint, just in case we cannot get online. It's called Jing. It captures [takes pictures] of web pages. So if you can't get online, you can show the pages and present information about them. Nifty!)
Next step will be to meet with the youth individually during their activity nights. We'll bring laptops and assist them in any way needed. I look forward to this. I recently served in YW and our youth are fabulous!
Today we attended a presentation by a stake family history specialist. She is amazing -knowledgeable and a good teacher. She showed us the process her ward is using to reach the stake goals. Lots of helpful info and some great handouts - including a checklist the youth can use to help them git 'er done. When she emails these to us I will post them.