Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's Almost Party Time, and You're Invited! #FamilySearchIndexing

Have you ever found information about an ancestor online? Perhaps you've stumbled across an obituary, or a census record. Maybe you've discovered a newspaper article, or a marriage license. If you have, you understand what a thrill it is to learn something about someone who is related to you. 

Have you ever wondered just how that information gets published online? In brief, digital images are taken of paper records, and then, thanks to many volunteers, the names and dates from those images are indexed. People like you and me can download a batch of records, then carefully transcribe what is written. 

Indexing is simple, and you can return a batch anytime. There is help available every step of the way, and each batch is indexed by more than one person, and any differences are arbitrated. It's a no-pressure, interesting, helpful project, and can be done by people of all ages. 

Why am I mentioning this? #FamilySearchIndexing is hosting an event on October 20-22, with the goal of making more records searchable, and is inviting you to participate! You can read more about how to join in by clicking here.

Caption: Join the cause Worldwide Indexing Event 2017 Help Others Find Their Ancestors through Indexing When: October 20 to 22 Where: Wherever you are! How: Index one batch, and help someone else do the same. What's new: Online indexing now available! Learn more at: FamilySearch.org/indexingevent2017 FamilySearch The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #familysearchindexing
Hope you can join in the fun!



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ten Things of Thankful: Autumn Splendor Edition


I was reminded last week that I haven't done a photo-heavy Ten Things of Thankful list in a while, so I determined to capture in pictures the beauty of the fall season. John, youngest daughter, and I headed up Provo Canyon to see the colorful display of the changing leaves. We saw not only trees, but animals, a waterfall, and other things that caught my eye. Hope you enjoy!

Photo: A forest of red, orange, and yellow-leaved oak and maple trees is dotted by the occasional evergreen tree, with the majestic rocky Wasatch mountain range in the background. Fluffy white clouds float in the blue sky.
Photo:  A doe (a deer, a female deer) crosses a dirt road. On either side of the road are oak and maple trees, shrubs, and grasses.
Photo: A canopy of trees with small green and yellow leaves stretches over a paved walking path. A wooden rail fence marks the right side of the path.
Photo: A blossom of a tree. The flower has white, wispy, hair-like pieces flowing from a yellowish center. I'm sorry I don't know what kind of a plant it is--a reverse Google image search suggested, "Flower."
Photo: An old wire-wrapped wooden pole lies on the ground, surrounded by yellow and tan leaves
Photo: Bridal Veil Falls tumbles over the rocky face of the mountain. An aspen tree, with green and yellow leaves, stands in the foreground on the left.
Photo: A small maple, with burnt-orange/reddish leaves, stands in the foreground, with the Utah valley in the background.
Photo: A chipmunk uses its hind feet to grab onto a vertical tree limb, while clutching its front feet together.
Photo: A white-barked, still mainly green-leaved aspen tree.
Photo: John and I stand on a bridge, with trees with yellow and green leaves behind us.
I am thankful.

What have you noticed this week that makes thanksgiving swell in you? Comment below, and feel free to write your own post to link at the Ten Things of Thankful blog!





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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Six Sentence Story: Spirit


Every Thursday, Ivy graciously hosts the Six Sentence Stories link up. This week's cue: Spirit. Like many (though not all) of the stories I write, this one is true:

The thought--"Your baby could be born today"--popped into her mind so suddenly and unexpectedly that Easter morn, she knew it was the Holy Spirit who interrupted her concentration on the Sunday sermon. She smiled with anticipation and tucked the premonition away.

Two months later, the phone rang. 

"A premature baby girl will be ready to leave the hospital in the next few weeks, and needs a foster family."

As the social worker shared details about this tiny baby, a quick consultation with the calendar confirmed that the infant was born on Easter Sunday. 

"Yes, of course we will take her."






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Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Never Too Early: "A Sacred Christmas" CD Review

I know what you're thinking: We still have eleven weeks before Christmas Day arrives! I'm still trying to figure out how to make the Halloween costume for my child! I can't possibly think about Christmas yet! 

Put your panic aside. This post aims to be as calming as the music I've been listening to lately. I love Christmas music, and I listen to it pretty much constantly from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. I decided to break my "wait until after Thanksgiving" rule when Garth Smith graciously sent me an early copy of his latest CD, A Sacred Christmas, in exchange for a review. I'm glad I did!


Photo: A Sacred Christmas CD album features a white background with a snowy Christmas tree (with a yellow star on top). "A Sacred Christmas" is written in red script at the top of the album, and Garth Smith's name is in red all-caps at the bottom.

Garth Smith's piano solos invite the peaceful feelings of the season, and provide the perfect background to a quiet evening. A Sacred Christmas features not only his amazing solos; various vocalists and instrumental artists join in on some of the tracks. Traditional carols make up most of the album, but the arrangements that might not be as familiar (Sankta Lucia and Heaven's Hallelujah, for example) are sure to become new favorites, too. 

Go listen to previews of each track on the album on Garth Smith's website. What is your favorite? 

A Sacred Christmas has an official release date of November 10th, but it is available for pre-release purchase at a discount on his website, using the code FBFRIENDS. 




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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ten Things of Thankful: Messages from General Conference

As promised earlier, here are some messages that stood out to me from this fall's General Conference, ten thoughts for which I am thankful:

Caption: "Some misuse authenticity as a celebration of the natural man and qualities that are the opposite of humility, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, and civility. We can celebrate our individual uniqueness as children of God without using authenticity as an excuse for un-Christlike behavior."--Quentin L. Cook
Caption: "One of the great challenges each of us faces every day is to not allow the concerns of this world to so dominate our time and energy that we neglect the eternal things that matter most." David A. Bednar
Caption: "Our lives are like a chessboard, and the Lord moves us from one place to another--if we are responsive to spiritual promptings. Looking back, we can see His hand in our lives." Ronald A. Rasband
Caption: ". . .sometimes we are afraid to trust because we don't understand God's absolute love and desire to help us. . . .When we exercise faith and  humbly open ourselves to Their answers, we become free from the constraints of our misunderstandings and assumptions, and we can be shown the way forward." Jean B. Bingham
Caption: "How much value is there in fixing the world if the people around us are falling apart and we don't notice?" Bonnie L. Oscarson
Caption: ". . . no matter your history--if you have faltered, failed, feel broken--know that you are not alone. God still calls to you." Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Caption: ". . .the grace of Christ offers us not only salvation from sorrow and sin and death but also salvation from our own persistent self-criticism." Jeffrey R. Holland
Caption: "Something powerful happens when a child of God seeks to know more about Him and His Beloved Son." Russell M. Nelson
Caption: "Of course, we must always stand for what is right, and there are times when we must raise our voices for that cause. However, when we do so with anger or hate in our hearts--when we lash out at others to hurt, shame, or silence them--chances are we are not doing so in righteousness." Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Those are just a few "sound bites" from conference; if you'd like to get the full experience, you can watch, listen, or read all of the talks here

Did any of those quotes stand out to you? What are your thoughts?

Be sure to visit the Ten Things of Thankful blog and feel free to link up your own list of what you are thankful for this week!





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