In the past year or so on multiple occasions I have heard people talk about the importance of Family History work. In D&C 2:2 it reads "And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the he hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers". This process happens through family history work. When I think of Family History work as finding lost ancestors it seems like a daunting task. When I think of family history work however as getting to know the history and stories of my parents and grandparents, it seems a lot less daunting. I know that my parents and grandparents have stories and experiences that I could learn from and that my children someday can learn from. All I have to do is ask them to share their experiences with me.
I came up with a list of questions to ask my grandparents. I have sent them the lists and look forward to hearing their responses. I know that I will be able to learn from them and I hope that my own children will be able to be inspired by their great heritage and the stories of their great grandparents one day.
I thought I would share the list with you:
Questions for Grandparents
Tell me about your family growing up.
What types of things did you do for fun when you were growing up?
What was school like when you were growing up?
What was the latest and greatest technology when you were growing up?
What fads/fashions were popular when you were growing up?
What family traditions did you have growing up?
What is something that you learned from your parents?
Tell about meeting Nana/Papa.
Tell about your wedding and what life was like when you were first married.
Tell me about my mom/dad. What are some things that I might not know about her/him?
Tell about a hard time and how you got through it.
Tell about a lesson you have learned in life and how you came to learn it.
Tell me some funny stories.
What advice did you give to your kids?
What advice would you give to your grand kids and great grand kids?
What brings you the most joy in life?
Share some of your testimony with me.