"Am I a strong link in my family's chain of forever?" It's a question I found myself asking this evening as I read Bridges and Eternal Keepsakes, a talk given by Elder
Dennis B. Neuenschwander of the Quorum of the Seventy in an LDS General Conference in April 1999. Yep... a long time ago, but still relevant. In the talk Elder Neuenschwander spoke of a Christmas when he watched his father (aged 89) and his oldest grandchild (aged 4) enjoying each others company, and how it struck him how fleeting his grandson's memories of his father would be. Then comes the following passage:
"Not one of my children has any recollection of my grandparents. If I want my children and grandchildren to know those who still live in my memory, then I must build the bridge between them. I alone am the link to the generations that stand on either side of me. It is my responsibility to knit their hearts together through love and respect, even though they may never have known each other personally. My grandchildren will have no knowledge of their family’s history if I do nothing to preserve it for them. That which I do not in some way record will be lost at my death, and that which I do not pass on to my posterity, they will never have. The work of gathering and sharing eternal family keepsakes is a personal responsibility. It cannot be passed off or given to another."
What am I doing to gather and share eternal family keepsakes? Food for thought.