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Honouring Our Fathers and Mothers Throughout The Year

Honouring Our Fathers and Mothers Throughout The Year

The majority of the Christian world will be familiar with the fifth commandment given to Moses on the top of Mount Sinai: 

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12)

In pondering the subject of honoring our parents as prompted by its inclusion as part of the LDS Church's #LightTheWorld campaign, I had the privilege to read this talk given by Dallin H. Oaks in the April 1991 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Of this commandment, he writes:

"The commandment to honor our parents has strands that run through the entire fabric of the gospel. It is inherent in our relationship to God our Father. It embraces the divine destiny of the children of God. This commandment relates to the government of the family, which is patterned after the government of heaven.
The commandment to honor our parents echoes the sacred spirit of family relationships in which—at their best—we have sublime expressions of heavenly love and care for one another. We sense the importance of these relationships when we realize that our greatest expressions of joy or pain in mortality come from the members of our families.
Other manifestations of this commandment include the bearing and care of children, the preparation of family histories, and efforts to see that the ordinances of eternity are performed for our departed ancestors."
He then goes on to talk about some of the ways that each of us can honor our parents. Although many of these can be applied to each of us at any age  some suggestions he gives for children and youth are obedience, respect, and emulation; for the middle-aged, caring for parents when required; for those whose parents have passed on family reunions, family history and honoring causes for which your parents spent their strength.
perfect family tree gift for grandparents
I will be eternally grateful for parents who continue to teach me good principles, mentor me, love me and whose example I wish to emulate. When I had the opportunity to become a mother myself just over a year ago, the reality of what my parents have done for me thus far was made that much more apparent to me--I was that much more grateful. I believe that this is a pattern that will continue. The more I come to know of the world and of life, the more I will appreciate my parents and seek to honor them.
honor thy mother
As part of the #LightTheWorld campaign, there are a few suggestions for how to honor your parents today:

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Fun Family Gifts Gift Guide: 5 Gifts For Kids

Fun Family Gifts Gift Guide: 5 Gifts For Kids

With the holiday season approaching, we find ourselves in a rush to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Busy with the tasks of everyday life, it is hard to find the time to look for gifts for others, and in an increasingly commercialized world, we find ourselves overwhelmed with the volume of choices. We at Family Tree Prints wanted to make things easier for you, so we are creating a series of gift guides to help you get unique and tasteful gifts for all the special people in your life.

1) Themed Family Tree Print

These colorful and fun prints are the perfect addition to a kid's bedroom. With seven different animal themes to choose from, you'll be sure to find something just right for your child.

2) Bookroo Subscription

Bookroo is a children's book subscription service that sends a box of individually wrapped board or picture books. The gift of knowledge is one of the greatest gifts of all, and Bookroo's aim is to bring even more fun to reading.

3) Boogie Board Magic Sketch

Similar to the Etch-A-Sketch of our childhood, the Boogie Board Magic Sketch allows endless hours of drawing fun, and when the screen fills up it can be erased with the touch of a button. It is the perfect gift for the little artist in your life.

4) Vandora Mini Drone

Drones are all the rage these days, but some of them are expensive. This mini-drone by Vandora is inexpensive, small, and easy to use, and it is sure to keep those kids smiling. 

5) Lego Space Shuttle Explorer

With the release of Hidden Figures, space is at the front of our minds; Legos are cool, and space is even cooler. Lego also has a line of Star Wars products, for those of you who are interested in galaxies farther away.

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Unique Gifts For Family: The Family Tree eGift Card

Unique Gifts For Family: The Family Tree eGift Card

'Tis the season for remembering and recognizing those we love through thoughtful gift giving, which means you're probably on the hunt for unique gifts for family members! Regardless of who you have on your gift-giving list this year (parents, grandparents, children, nieces, nephews, siblings, cousins, etc.) a Family Tree Prints eGift card is a great choice! Want to learn a little more about it?

How does it work?

It's easy! You choose the number of generations you'd like to gift (4-5, 6-7, or 8-9), and then we send you an electronic gift card via email within 24 hours--normally faster! The balance of the gift card acts as a dollar amount, so your gift recipient can choose to upgrade to a larger chart if they'd like to and just pay the difference.

What form does it come in?

Our Family Tree Prints eGift card is a PDF. Here's an example of what it looks like (with your recipient's own unique code of course)! You can either print the PDF for a physical, wrappable gift or forward it on electronically to your gift recipient!

What occasions is a Family Tree Prints gift card suitable for?

Well, we're glad you asked! Pretty much, you name it, and it's a great occasion for a thoughtful and personal gift like a Family Tree Prints gift card. Christmas, Hannukah, birthdays, baptisms, births, weddings, funerals and anniversaries are a few of our favorites.

When would you recommend a gift card over an actual chart I've created for my family member?

The short answer is it all depends on how much time you're interested to spend, what kind of access you have to this particular family member's genealogy, and how confident you are with their taste preferences. We've done a little break-down of our recommendations for gift card vs. pre-made chart for a variety of relationships over here.

Can I use a discount code for the purchase of a gift card?

Yes, yes you may!

Do gift cards expire or lose value over time?

No, they do not :)


Ready to get the perfect unique gift for family members this year? Grab your gift cards here.



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Unique Gifts For Family: Clever Ways To Make A Family Tree For A Loved One Without Having Their Same Genealogy

Unique Gifts For Family: Clever Ways To Make A Family Tree For A Loved One Without Having Their Same Genealogy

If you're looking to make a genealogy wall chart for your spouse, parents, in-laws, grandparents, or unmarried sibling or children you're in luck--populating their chart with their personal genealogy is effortless using our FamilySearch integration because it's your genealogy too. (This post is not for you, but if you need some more guidance check out this tutorial.

examples of family trees

On the other hand, if you're looking to create a genealogy wall chart for a friend, married sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc.... you're going to have to get creative. The easiest thing to do is to gift them a Family Tree Prints eGift card, so they can create their own genealogy wall chart exactly how they'd like to, but if you've got your heart set on creating their finished family tree for them (either because you know they'll never do it themselves or want to watch the expression of delight on their face when they unwrap the finished product) our recommendation to you is some combination of enlisting someone's help who knows their genealogy and a little old-fashioned password changing. 

Option 1: Easy. Preserves the surprise.

FamilySearch integration (recommended): If they're married, ask their spouse to sync with them in FamilySearch if they haven't already (tutorial on that here) and then give you their FamilySearch credentials--you'll need their username and password. In asking for their credentials, we'd recommend you ask them to change their password to something super generic (like "winter", "cupcake", etc.) for a set period of time (3 days, 1 week) so that you won't also be able to hack their email, bank account and everything else they're probably using the password for! If they aren't married, the same principle applies to asking one of their siblings, or parents for the same thing.

GEDCOM: If they have a GEDCOM of their genealogy, try getting this from a family member. Easy peasy.

Manual Entry: This is the true test of love and devotion (depending on how many generations you're looking to do--4 or 5 isn't too painful... more than that is a little). Ask a family member if they have any documentation of their genealogy (a picture of their own family tree, family group charts, etc.) you could have copies of and then just fill away!

Option 2: Easy. Surprise slightly ruined.

Tell your gift recipient what you're planning, and ask them for either their FamilySearch credentials (use the generic password hack we mentioned above!), a GEDCOM file or documentation you can use to enter the names manually!

Ready to get started? Choose a starting template now!

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