Sunday, August 29, 2010

Leaving Our History Behind

Today's Sacrament meeting included a couple of very inspirational talks. Aunt Melody started off with great encouragement to be good by doing good. Lots of poetry - good poetry. Then my mom walked us through all of the good reasons that everyone should be writing their own personal & family history to leave for their posterity. I thought she made some very good points, including that if one does not write one's own history, one's family will (post mortem) and one can only imagine how that might turn out - or what it might turn up. I suppose on the other hand I needn't imagine, as it is played back to me in an endless variety of methods by my immediate posterity.

So I thought I'd pass along the good word: write your personal history. And write your family history too - and get it published before your children get ahold of it (& the truth gets out).


  1. I think I might rather have my posterity write it when I'm gone. It might be more fun and interesting then the real thing.


  2. I want james to write my history. There would be more musk oxen and lightsabers that way.

  3. My kids recount my history to me as we meet at family gatherings - much as we did to my dad: "Hey look, this is dad, 'There's a time and a place for everything'!" what I need to do is just record my kids anytime they get together and start remembering my attributes. Am I right, or am I right?

  4. Does Grandma's devotion to writing her history extend to being video-ed by her posterity about her history? She did so great for the 30 minutes or so that I got her to sit down in California.

    J has been doing his history, and has been on my case to get going on mine. I have an outline, but need to start fleshing it out.

    So let my ask, how is YOUR life history writing going??

  5. Actually, Peter is right - I want James to write my life history too. If you don't understand why, just visit his blog. He is the very personification of a quote one of my professors (Trees & Shrubs - one of the most useful classes I ever took - I hated biology and this is the one tolerable way I could get the necessary GE credit) at BYU used a lot: "Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story."