Hello Everyone, lets talk about Family History for a moment.
Today I'd like to honor my namesake, my Great Great Great Grandfather John Gailey. His life and stories from it stand as a testimony to me of the power that comes from a sincere testimony and understanding of Christ and his divinity. He was a man with a strong testimony, who knew his Savior, and who loved those around him. Though I never knew him, the stories I have been told have shaped him to be a great man in my eyes and one that I seek to emulate.
A verse from Helaman chapter 5 rings in my ears when I learn of my namesake:
"Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land...and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good." (Helaman 5:6)
Great spiritual strength and understanding can come of family history work. You gain a greater understanding of the power of the Atonement of Christ, and learn great stories that lead up to who you are and where you are. We should all seek to "sufficiently [retain] in remembrance the captivity of [our] fathers...and...[retain] in remembrance his mercy and long-suffering towards them". (Alma 5:6)
If you aren't currently doing family history, set yourself a goal to find just one more name that you could prepare and archive. Or you could begin your own history of your current family. You could save pictures, stories, and journal entries for future generations, that they might be able to remember you when your time is over on this earth.
I may not have time to do family history while on my mission, but I'm very grateful for those that have gone before me and paved the way that I might do what I am on this earth do to.
I love you all, and hope that you have a great week!
Love, Elder Gailey