Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I had to laugh. I hadn’t even noticed.

A couple of days ago I was walking through the lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where the headquarters of FamilySearch are located. A magnificent Christmas tree stretches from ground to the chandelier of the magnificent, two-story lobby. A family member turned to me and said,

The bottom half of the Christmas tree is decorated with purple ornaments and the top half, gold.

“The person who decorated the bottom half of that tree should have coordinated with the person who decorated the top!”

Do you think FamilySearch was trying to send a subtle message as to what happens to your tree when you’re cavalier about proving intergenerational kinship? <smile>

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

P.S. To see what Mormons think of Christmas, watch a touching, three minute video at http://www.mormon.org/christmas titled “He Is the Gift.”


  1. How strange. I was a missionary down there for 8 years and loved looking at the remarkable way all the trees on the Temple Square, FHL, COB and JSMB were decorated so beautifully. This one is just plain strange. I wonder what the story is. There has got to be one.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Before the explosion of genealogy data on the Internet, I made an annual trip from the East Coast to the Family Center in Salt Lake City. I would spend a week in their marvelous facility researching and accessing the records.

    Their friendliness, warmth and assistance was wonderful. In all that time, no one asked my about my beliefs or did so from those working at the long tables on the Center's computers. If you had a question, the person who monitored and helped a few tables would come over to assist you. If he or she couldn't answer it, they brought over a more experienced expert ... and if both couldn't resolve it ... they went up the ladder of skill and a third would join the conversation.

    The World owes a great debt to the LDS'ers who for generations scoured the world translating and preserving the records that would have been lost. And they continue to preserve and share our genealogy heritage.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.