Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy Pioneer Day!

imageI am so excited to be in Utah for Pioneer Day! I’m not sure what we are going to do, but hopefully we get pictures to share with everybody.

I’m not sure sure what the future will bring, but at least on the 24th of July, “this is the place” for me.imageI love the climate, and the history here in Utah. I love the family and the family history. And, while Salt Lake City is not very “Utah-ish” according to Brooke, I even like it here in the city (although I would like to try living in Rural Utah someday).

For all of you who are jealous, though, I like the advice that Eliza R. Snow gave in her poem “A Word to Saints Who are Gathering

Think not, when you gather to Zion,

Your troubles and trials are through--

That nothing but comfort and pleasure

Are waiting in Zion for you.

No, no; 'tis design'd as a furnace;

All substance, all textures to try --

To consume all the "wood, hay and stubble,"

And the gold from the dross purify.

Think not, when you gather to Zion

That all will be holy and pure --

That deception, and falsehood are banish'd;

And confidence wholly secure.

No, no; for the Lord our Redeemer

Has said that the tares with the wheat

Must grow; until the great day of burning

Shall render the harvest complete.

Think not, when you gather to Zion,

The Saints here have nothing to do

But attend to your personal welfare,

And always be comforting you.

No, the Saints who are faithful are doing

What their hands find to do, with their might;

To accomplish the gath'ring of Israel

They are toiling by day and by night.

Think not, when you gather to Zion,

The prize and the victory won --

Think not that the warfare is ended,

Or the work of salvation is done.

No, no; for the great Prince of Darkness

A tenfold exertion will make'

When he sees you approaching the fountain

Where the truth you may freely partake.

Happy Pioneer Day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Family History Quest and Question


So, I have officially started a project that I have been contemplating for some time. I am intending to see if I can find all of my immigrant ancestors: trace every line until it leaves the United States. I have had some difficulty, some lines go back for 15 generations, and about a quarter of them stop somewhere in Colonial America (usually in Massachusetts in the 1600’s). But I have so far got about 3/8ths of the way through my project.

But I have stumbled on a problem: image Now, don’t get me wrong. I like Canadians. In fact my last week has been full of them; from a Canadian Doctor and his Secretary that I sat next to during a conference in Phoenix I attended this week, to Sister Giang, Sister Alexis Pomeroy’s newest companion. And, of course, my favorite Canadian, Brad Spotswood, came down from Rexburg with his wife and spent the weekend with us while they were looking for a place to stay here in Salt Lake City.

But despite all of the warm fuzzies that Canada usually give me, I do have a dilemma. Do I count an ancestor moving from Canada to the United States as an immigrant, or should I trace the line back until the came from some other country? And what about the ancestor I found who came from Denmark to England for one generation before coming to the US? Are they Danish or English?

Anyway, I was just hoping for your opinions. Go ahead an leave a comment and tell me what you think.