Family History Heals Us Just as Flowers Cheer Us

I stumbled across this series of lovely videos this past week. I love it so much that I’m sharing the series with you here. I just love the colorful flowers in each one of them. I just love how flowers immediately cheer us. These videos are all about the power of family history. Just as flowers cheer us, family history research heals us.

During this time of uncertainty about the future, it’s time more than ever to discover the power of family history to help us bring down the powers of heaven.

This series is called “Lightkeepers Online.” It started as a series of classes at the RootsTech family history conference two years ago. This year the RootsTech organizers decided to bring it online. Watch the intro video above and then watch all the videos below, answer questions in the PDF worksheets linked below, and you will find a power from family history research you’ve never known before!

If you’ve been hesitant or wondering how to start doing family history research, this is the perfect place to start. 

President Nelson said,“While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living. It has a refining influence on those who are engaged in it. They are literally helping to exalt their families.”

Learning about our family history heals us. Family history research brings more light into our lives. Family history research heals us by doing the following things that each of the videos below shows us:

  1. Connect
  2. Discover
  3. Strengthen
  4. Gather

These powers can help all of us, whether we come from “normal” families, dysfunctional, or abusive families. We all are broken in some way, individually, and as families. We all need healing and hearts turned towards each other.


Here’s the video for “Connect” with Rhonna Farrer. The RootsTech site says,

Rhonna Farrer discusses the importance of connecting with your ancestors and will show you how that connection is not as difficult as you may think. She’ll explain why you shouldn’t be afraid to write down the hard parts of your own story and how you can begin doing your family history a little bit every day in the Family Tree app.


Here’s the PDF worksheet to go with “Connect.”


Here’s the video for “Discover” with Kirsten Wright. RootsTech introduces the video with this description:

Kirsten will share how you can discover treasures as you get to know your ancestors, who surround and support you. She’ll teach you how to find and preserve your memories and your ancestors’ memories in the Family Tree app.

Here’s the PDF worksheet for “Connect,”

Kirsten wrote a song about family history called, “All Because of Love.”



The above video is “Strengthen” by Wendy Miles. I love that she shows that “family history research” is not just researching the past, but creating stories of our family right now, to cast a vision for the future. She talks about being ill with cancer and bedridden for the past year. She tells of how talking with her children and making a story of what’s happening has helped bring hope and healing.

Here’s the description from the RootsTech page below of Wendy’s video:

Amy will teach you how to find strength and healing, not just from your ancestors’ stories, but from the telling of your own story. She’ll show you how you can find strength in traits and experiences that you share with your ancestors, and you can learn how to preserve the parts of your story that can be found on social media within the Family Tree app.

Here’s the PDF for “Strengthen.”

Finally, we have the video about “Gather” from Maria Eckersley.


From the RootsTech page:
Maria will guide you through the process of gathering your family in both directions—bringing together your ancestors and your posterity to knit hearts across generations. Learn about “Intergenerational Party Planning,” and remember that you’ve got backup—promised blessings will come as you gather your family on both sides of the veil.
Here’s the PDF for “Gather.”
You know what’s really cool? The titles of these videos come from Mosiah 18 which I just read this past week for my Book of Mormon Come, Follow Me Study.
In the Gather video at the 3:06 minute mark Maria explains how the four verbs:
1. Connect
2. Discover
3. Strengthen and
4. Gather
come from Mosiah 18:8-26, as actions that Alma did to minister to his people. If you’ve ever wondered how exactly to “minister” here are four ways for you. When we do these things, God strengthens our backs to carry our burdens, our burdens feel lighter, and we feel joy despite the sorrows in our lives.
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