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once-she-decided-to-fly answered: I’m at a complete dead end (six generations) with my family history, but that’s a great idea.
cleancanvass said: what’s indexing? is this a dumb question?!
Not a dumb question at all! It actually means I get to type a lesson I learned from Brother Rockwood when I first started doing this.
Indexing is closely related to family history work; however, it is not the same. (So Heather, you can still join in on this!) Indexing is typing out documents such as marriage records, death certificates, census, etc so that people doing their family history work can have quick and easy access to them.
Why is indexing so important?
Okay, for this part, I’ll ask you to grab your scriptures, or pull them up online or something. Now I’ll ask you to find the chapter where it uses the word “senine,” the term they used for a certain coin used as money. However, you’re not allowed to use the index (or any search tool).
This illustrates what searching for family history records were like before indexing. Someone may be guided to a large book, and they would have to read each page before finding the name they wanted. Indexing these records onto the computer system makes this a whole lot easier (and quicker!) for those searching out knowledge of their ancestors.
I want to start a challenge of sorts. Indexing - if I set a goal of a certain amount of names for all of TumblrStake to contribute to, who would like to join in? For example, say, 5000 names before the summer ends? I think it would be a fun way to get everyone involved in indexing, do a bit of service, and not moving from the same place you use Tumblr from. We could help each other, remind each other to work on it, all while providing assistance to the indexing community. Sound good?
Another one of those Hannah’s-a-person-who-doubts-God-sometimes-and-then-has-a-miraculous-epiphany posts.
Stake conference - my dad’s mission president was there and spoke because he’s now a member of the seventy. Apparently he talked about my dad a bunch last night at the adult meeting. Anywho, my parents and sister were up in the choir, so I brought my younger two siblings an sat with them. Because my brother’s a little irritated ball of grumpy, he really wanted to leave quickly.
My dad came home and told me he didn’t want me to leave so quick so that I could be introduced to Elder Zwick. But I guess now my dad has his card and has arranged for the family to have dinner at his house when I get dropped off at BYU.
At this rate I’ll be partying with Monson before I graduate. (Kidding)
I listen to this approx. 50 times a day.
So a while back, I was in the adult class to help out the sweet teacher. He had two copies of the Book of Mormon sitting on the table. My dad turned to me and asked me if I had anybody in mind that I could give a BoM to, and I had been thinking about my econ teacher. So when the teacher asked if anyone would like a copy to give out, I asked for one.
It left it on my desk, and I was planning to write a letter to him explaining why I wanted to give it to him. (He’s an American history teacher, and he also mentioned how he would love to go on the trek.)
This morning came quickly, and I turned and realized I had done nothing to prepare to give this to my teacher. Today was my last day of high school (yay). So I rushed out of my room asking my sister if giving it to this teacher was a good idea, to which she yelled at me because she was going to do the same. I had also been thinking about my junior English teacher.
So instead of writing to my econ teacher (I let Katie do that since she actually has him for history) I wrote to my AP Lang teacher. I wrote something cheesy like “You introduced me to a lot of your favorite literature, and now I’d like to present you with mine.”
I wrapped it up, and after first period I went to his classroom to give it to him. (My sister also has him this year, so she yelled that it was her idea first. For the record, I had that BoM a long time ago. She still doesn’t have a copy to give out.)
Now, to give a quick understanding, I haven’t talked to this specific teacher in about a year. He wasn’t my favorite teacher, and he actually scared me at times. But because I thought of that cheesy line, I couldn’t shake the idea of giving it to him.
Later, I was walking with my friend on my off hour, and this teacher was walking the class down to the library. He stopped me and said, “Thank you. I had a copy, and I gave it to a student about… eight years ago. He loved it so much that he converted. But I haven’t had a copy since. Thank you.”
So here I am, talking to a teacher I don’t really know, and at one point didn’t really like, and yet a miracle is being revealed before my eyes.
I’d just like to take a brief moment to talk to the young men (and possibly young women) who might read this.
In the For Strength of Youth, it says to avoid going on frequent dates with the same person. It can limit the amount of other people you both can meet and get to know better.
There are three distinct “couples” in my seminary class, who say that they aren’t in a relationship, yet are most likely to go with the other if a date night is introduced.
One of the young women in this situation is asked by a single young man on all date nights, dances, and even Valentine’s Day. It breaks my heart, because early on she mentioned how he was nice, she just didn’t like him that much. But she was in a position where it wasn’t exactly breaking up.
Because this young man has been so open about how much he likes her, the other guys in the class tend to stay away. Sixth months after she turned sixteen to the present time, where she is almost eighteen, she has mostly gone on dates with this one guy. Limiting the other people you both get to see? I think so.
Along with effecting someone you ask frequently, it can also affect those few you happen to ask when the one you want can’t come. I was asked by this same young man to homecoming, and his exact words were, “____ can’t come, and I heard you can’t pay for dinner. Want to go with me?”
The whole night I felt awful because I couldn’t compare to this other girl he practically idolizes. During dinner he was texting her, and found out she was able to come to the dance. He danced with me the very first song, then proceeded to spend the rest of the night with her.
Please, please, PLEASE, if you are still in high school, don’t make this situation a reality. 2 of the 3 dates I’ve been on I felt I was just a replacement for someone else, and it hurts so much. I can’t imagine what being in a relationship like that would be like, feeling guilty if not going with a certain person, or feeling obligated to wait for them on their missions.
I am not saying these young men are not righteous; these are some of most fantastic people I know, and their testimonies are so strong. But everyone can make mistakes, and this one seems to be common among those really righteous guys.
If you decide to become girlfriend/boyfriend, great. I wouldn’t suggest that, but it makes a distinct line. If you only date someone a few times throughout high school, even better. What I’m asking is do not apply boyfriend/girlfriend type guidelines and claim you’re not steady dating. More people get hurt than you think.
In mission prep last week we (groups of two) took one of the Christlike attributes from D&C 4 and went deeper. My partner and I chose patience, and after a while, my partner asked Brother Diamond what the difference between temperance and patience, something I had also wondered.
Bro Diamond explained that he saw temperance as something short term, patience a bit longer. Temperance is the ability to resist temptation at that moment, and patience is utilized over a longer period of time.
For example, temperance is telling your friend no when s/he offers you drugs the first time. Patience is continuing to be polite and say no when this person does it day after day.
The substitute for my Sunday School class today is perhaps one of my favorite people ever. He asked this question:
What is the most important scripture every person can memorize?
Before I give the answer he gave, think about what you would say.
As I said earlier, I was going to compare D&C 18 and Alma 29. I’ve also added the RM’s additions in here.
This is a longer post, so I’ll do a read more break. Although it is long and took me a couple hours to even write, I think this is one of the best, if not the best post I have written.