Matt and Erin

Matt and Erin

We had a wonderful Independence Day. Larry and Marie, Matt, Erin and Ellie, and Stephen, Jonelle and Carter came. Larry cooked sausages on our outside barbeque (first time we used it) and Marie cooked pancakes and eggs. We also had watermelon. Larry brought a tomato plant and placed it in the hanging (upside down) tomato plant container that son Steve gave me for Fathers’ Day.

We had a nice visit.


On the day the Church was organized the Prophet Joseph received this revelation:

“BEHOLD, there shall be a record kept among you . . . .”

I have always felt this was such a significant principle to be taught the prophet so early. In fact, every time I set apart any one to be a clerk or a secretary, I quoted these words.

 How was Joseph to know the importance of keeping records?  Of course, he had the examples of the writers of the Book of Mormon who had been so meticulous in writing things down.  Nevertheless this was a whole new experience to him, to organize a church, and the early instruction given (beyond Section 20) was to keep a record.

The prophet kept this commandment seriously. He was careful to see that all the revelations were kept track of and published, and he constantly kept scribes to write down historic events. Local Church newspapers were constantly publishing records and revelations.

As proof of his diligence in this regard, a project underway today (Joseph Smith Papers. See http://josephsmithpapers.org/Default.htm ) will eventually result in over 30 volumes of revelations, translations, correspondence, declarations, discourses, journals and histories. 

 To keep track of all the records the Church has, a new Church History Library has been built at 15 East North Temple Street in Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake Tribune said of the building, “The library houses the extensive collection of manuscripts, photographs, journals and other historical records for the 179-year-old church. Among the collection’s more valuable items are the personal journals and writings of Joseph Smith Jr., who founded the church in 1830. It’s also the home of the church history department.” It added, “Sophisticated temperature controls will allow the collection to be stored and precisely preserved — most storage facilities are kept at 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 35 percent relative humidity.” (June 22, 2009.)

Much can be said about the records in this library, those (genealogy) records in the nearby Family History Library (and its branches), those in the granite vaults in Little Cottonwood Canyon (see below*) and the countless journals kept by our ancestors and ourselves.

All this from a revelation in April 1830!

*The vaults at Little Cottonwood Canyon: “Master microfilms of genealogical records are stored in this climate-controlled vault carved out of the mountain. The vault preserves almost 2.4 million microfilms and nearly 1 million microfiche acquired over the decades. That represents more than 3 billion pages of family history records, the largest collection of its kind in the world.” (http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=11011)

I am happy to say that I am among those indexing the records in the vault. In coming years the digitized records of the microfilms, etc, will be available on-line to anyone wanting to see them.

(The key life events of  billions of people are being preserved and shared through the efforts of people like you. Using our online indexing system, volunteers from around the world are able to quickly and easily transcribe the records—all from the convenience of their homes. The indexes are then posted for FREE at familysearch.org.

(Millions of rolls of microfilm provide census, vital, probate, and church records from over 100 countries are involved. Governments, churches, societies, and commercial companies are also working to make more records available.) (See familysearch.org)

Behold, a record is being kept!

Pre-email days

Years ago when I was going to college we had a professor who occasionally would read humorous items to us, having nothing to do with the class. These items were the predicessors to the modern emails that come out from time to time–more frequently than we would like. In fact they are so frequent that we often delete them without reading. “Wayside Chapel” has made the e-mail rounds very often, so you probably have seen it. If not, you might enjoy it. I really thought it was funny and found it some place on the web so I would have a copy. Here it is:

The Wayside Chapel

An English schoolteacher, was in Switzerland and looking for a room to rent for when she would begin her teaching there the following fall. She asked the schoolmaster if he would recommend any. He took her to see several rooms, and when everything was settled she returned home to make final preparations for the move. When she arrived home, the thought suddenly occurred to her that she had not seen a Water Closet (toilet) around the place. She immediately wrote a note to the schoolmaster asking him if there was a “W.C.” near the room.
The schoolmaster was a poor master of English so he asked the parish priest about the meaning of the letters “W.C.” and the only solution they could come up with for the letters was “Wayside Chapel”. The schoolmaster then wrote the following note to the English lady seeking a “W.C.” with her room.
Dear Madam: I take great comfort in informing you that a “W.C.” is situated nine miles from the house in the corner of a beautiful grove of pine trees, surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people, and it is open on Sundays and Thursdays only.
As there are a great many people expected during the summer months, I would suggest that you come early, although there is usually plenty of standing room. This is an unfortunate situation, particularly if you are in the habit of going regularly.
You will no doubt be glad to hear that a good many bring their lunch and make a day of it, while others, who can’t afford to go by car, arrive just in time. I would especially advise your ladyship to go on Thursdays when there is an organ accompanist. The acoustics are excellent and even the most delicate sounds can be heard everywhere.
It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the “W.C.” and it was there that she met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for seats. There were ten people to a seat usually reserved for one, and it was wonderful to see the expression on their faces.
The newest attraction is a bell, donated by a wealthy resident of the district, which rings every time a person enters.
 A bazaar is to be held to raise money for plush seats for all, since the people believe it is a long felt want.
My wife is rather delicate so she can’t go regularly: it is almost a year since she went last. Naturally it pains her not to be able to go more often. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you, if you wish, where you will be seen by all. For the children there is a special time so that they will not disturb the elders.
Hoping to have been of some service to you, I remain,
Sincerely, The Schoolmaster

Some More Plans

Frances went to the dentist today. Susan took us. Dentist is Kimberlee M. Murphy. She is very good. Her office is in Crystal, about 25 minutes away. One filling was done. Four teeth were extracted and one lower partial denture was installed. All went well.

For Father’s Day Frances got some books for me:

Planning Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family Website by Cyndi Howells. Cyndi has had her website for ten years now. I have met her, having attended one of her workshops Her site is http://www.cyndislist.com/ She has over 264,000 links to genealogy sites.

How to Do Everything with Google by Fritz Schneider

The Official Guide to Ancestry.com by George G. Morgan

The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: A complete resource to using the Web to trace your family history by Kimberly Powell.

There are other books but I will mention them later.

This is another project: to read them. I have already read Ancestry.com and am in Google.

Another project–a big one –is my web site. Geocities is owned by Yahoo. Yahoo will be closing down all sites in July so I will have to move mine. I plan to go through it soon and make corrections/revisions before I have to move it.

I have decided to enter any Autumn Leaves articles I come up with in this blog and then add them to my A.L. booklet.

Andre, Jennifer and family are moving to Kentucky. Andre has a new job there. We will really miss them. Yesterday we had the girls, Sophia, Nadia and Ava over for the afternoon. We really enjoyed them. They all will be leaving Saturday

At Last: My Plans

As I mentioned I will now mention my plans.

No. 1 Priority at this time is the McNabb Project. I had done a lot on it last year, but I want to finish this year and have it out for Christmas to our families.

I am currently working on Gordon’s biog, adding pictures, revising, getting more info. Next I will the one onboth Frances and Gordon (siblings.)

Other projects I have is the indexing for the Church and Ann’s names.

I am putting Ann’s project on the back burner though I will summarize what I have left.

I also came up with an idea on mt own history. Upon These Plates goes to 1977. Rather than update I have come up with Autumn Leaves which is a collection of my thoughts. Gradually done.

Yesterday in High Priest meeting I learned about Roots Magic which I have now ordered and a book on it. I have downloaded some info off the web which is written by the author and also a book on the previous version.

The reason I ordered it ( I have stuck with PAF all these years) is that it corrordinates with New Family Search and also helps in online research. It will be a lot to learn, but I think it will help me. I wsill be able to transfer all on my PAF program.

My Plans

My plans include what I am working on which is the McNabb project. At a later posting I will explain that in greater detail. There are other projects I want to mention.

Inauguration of posts

Last night after we took Andre and Jennifer out to dinner at Red Lobster, Andre showed me how to burn and burn CDs and DVDs and then set up this blog for me.

This morning’s  USA Today showed how insignificant some posts are (“on the way to the store,” etc.) It reminded me of the old Round Robins we used to do which took over a month to get around. They were handwritten and sent from one relative to another by mail with such gems as “I ironed this afternoon.”

I pledge to make my postings significant.

My present project is working on the McNabb booklet which we hope to get out for Christmas. I am working on Gordon’s story, now finding info in Elsie’s Memoirs. Then I will add pictures.