Wednesday, September 5, 2007

BYU Conference: Elder Coleman Presentation

Elder Gary J. Coleman of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the lead keynote presenter earlier this year at the BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference. He titled his presentation, "Become Involved in Some Aspect of Temple and Family History Work." A transcript of his presentation, as well as his slides are available on the BYU website at
Monroy Family - 1913
A highlight of the talk was the story of the the Monroy family. Sister Coleman's grandfather, Elder Carlos England served a mission in Mexico from 1911 to 1913 and kept a journal with photographs that are now a priceless piece of their family history. He recorded blessing 3 year old  María Concepción Monroy soon after the Monroy family's conversion. England kept a photograph of the family taken at the time, shortely before the father, Rafael Monroy, died as a martyrdom of the church during the Mexican Revolution. Eighty-three years later, the Colemans reconnected with María, exchanging pictures and remembrances.
"It was a great blessing for us to get to know her and share this historical incident between her and Sister Coleman's grandfather," said Elder Coleman.

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