Here is another great activity focusing on families and family history. This could also be done at a regular Activity Days activity but the families sharing together was a wonderful idea. With the “campfire” set up in the middle of the floor, families were asked to bring a blanket to sit on and a family story to share.
DINNER: What better campfire food than Pigs in a Blanket and oven-made S’mores! No utensils needed and they were a hit with everyone. Super simple and on the cheap. Great idea.
STORIES: After dinner around the campfire, the girls and their families were given the opportunity to share a story from their ancestors or their current family. Some read their stories, others told them. Many had props to help demonstrate their story. It all worked. If someone chose not to share, that was just fine.
We all enjoyed hearing adventures of wedding days, rattlesnakes and how one family became the “Washtub” branch instead of the “Potato Sack” branch! It was a fun way for the girls to become familiar with family stories and create a connection to their ancestors.
Elder Quentin L. Cook said in April 2014:
“We finally have the doctrine, the temples, and the technology for families to accomplish this glorious work of salvation. I suggest one way this might be done. Families could hold a ‘Family Tree Gathering.’ This should be a recurring effort”
(“Roots and Branches,” Ensign, May 2014, 47).
These family history activities is accomplishing exactly this charge. Well done!