Family history research is so fascinating that it deserves to be shared. Here are one writer's musings and insights about making that process palatable and inviting to others.
01 May 2011
You Raise Me Up
On Sunday mornings I listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word. My sister is in the choir, but more than that, I just love the thoughts and music. This morning Lloyd Newell presented the idea that that we are who we are because of those who have gone before us. I couldn't agree more. In February of 1676 (Gregorian reckoning) Isaac Newton wrote these words to Robert Hooke, "If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants." Newell quoted these words and we watched a video of a boy and his dad as the men of the choir sang a selection from their new album, Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Jesus Carrying a Lost Lamb by Del Parsons
(Courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints image library)
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.
(from You Raise Me Up, Music and text: Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham; Arrangement: Nathan Hofheins)
I listened and I felt the truth of those words on many levels. I thought of the giants in my family history. I know that I am who I am because of them, because of what they have done in the past. I am filled with gratitude for their contributions to me and to my life. My tribute to these people is the retelling of their stories. Just as I have been raised up by my knowledge of their lives and their sacrifices, I would like others in my family to have those same opportunities.
One of my sons is undergoing a radical transformation in his life right now. I watch in amazement as he changes before my eyes. I know he is made of "good stuff"--his own "stuff" plus what he inherited from me and my ancestors and my husband and his progenitors. And I know that the ultimate source of "being raised up," Jesus Christ Himself, has enabled all of us to "be more than we can be."