Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander: “Not one of my children has any recollection of my grandparents. If I want my children and grandchildren to know those who still live in my memory, then I must build the bridge between them. I alone am the link to the generations that stand on either side of me. It is my responsibility to knit their hearts together through love and respect, even though they may never have known each other personally. My grandchildren will have no knowledge of their family’s history if I do nothing to preserve it for them. The work of gathering and sharing eternal family keepsakes is a personal responsibility. It cannot be passed off or given to another.”
For different families, and especially for different levels of families (Immediate Family, Grandparent, and Ancestral Organizations), the possible ways to share may be different. The follow are some ways to share.
You can connect family members in the following ways:
- Give relatives copies of stories, art, heirlooms, photographs, and recorded living memories.
- Share stories, family recipes, art, etc in a newsletter, calendar, blog, or family website.
Ryan Morgenegg a staff writer of the Church News contributed the article "How to Create Your Own LDS Blog."
- Create a family archive. You can do this as immediate families, grandparent organizations, or ancestral organizations. To help you organize your family archive go to “Family History Information and Items.”
- You can use FamilySearch.org to store memories such as stories, photographs, scans of documents, and audio recordings of your ancestors, tombstones, heirlooms, etc.
- Use an online filing service.
- Monthly family history family home evening: Share stories, heirlooms, photographs, recorded living memories, etc.
- Family traditions: share traditions such as stories, art, dance, food, and music.
- Family history vacations: Visit or research online an area where an immediate family member or ancestor lived or visited.
- Grandparent or ancestral reunions (see “Family Organizations”):
- Incorporate activities at a reunion that share traditions of the family or ancestor.
- Capture short testimonies.