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Purpose: As come to know and understand who we are, our background and heritage, each of us gains individual insight into who we are – and connects us to our heritage and past. 

This lesson is to help promote discussions about family history, why it is important, how can we start our own history and learn about ourselves as well.

Hymn:“I Have A Family Tree”  (click link to go to LDS.org and hear/play the song)

Scripture: Malachi 4: 5, 6

Lesson:

We know that we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before we came to earth. But, what is our heritage since being on earth? It all starts with knowing who we are and what better way to get to know ourselves than by getting to know our ancestors. We learn in the scripture (shared in this lesson) that our hearts can be turned to our ancestors. We can draw a close connection with those that have gone on before us a 100, 1,000 or even thousands of years before us. As we seek to know who they are and discover more about ourselves, our desire to help provide their temple work and unite our families eternally throughout all time will grow stronger.

Discussion:

1. Who can name the most family member's names?

2. Why is it important to know about our ancestors?

3. How does learning about our past help us in our lives today?

Activity:

With your parents help, begin your own family history chart with one of two methods provided below. There is a FREE printable for a family tree chart for younger children and a video to explain how to do a chart online for tweens & teens! Parents, you can do yours online as well!

Online Resources to Get Started on Your Family History:
 
 1. FamilySearch.org
 
 2. FindAGrave.com

 3. Ancestory.com

 4. Roots Magic

FREE Family History Printable Family Home Evening


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