On the 18th of March, Burnie branch held its second 'Tell Me a Story' Family History night. After the success of last years 'Tell Me a Story' we thought it a great way to be able to remember that the ancestors we search for are more than names, but people.
The night consisted of branch members sharing stories and favourite songs of their ancestors. It was a great night where we were able to learn the importance of our families stories and how they can bring the spirit into our lives.
It was quite amazing hearing stories of grandparents flying or sailing across the world to reach Australia or to hear of those who were in the Navy. We also had a good laugh at a few of the stories one member in particular shared. One I am sure none of us are soon to forget about a cat and an axe.
There was also a non-member sister who informed me after the night that she had been in the same migrant hostel as my Grandfather. She said that she can remember doing the same things that I explained him doing whilst reading out his story. It goes to show that we are more connected with each other through our ancestors than we ever thought. It is small and simple things like this that can help others feel of the Spirit. For "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass" (Alma 37:6).
Overall it was a fantastic success! The Spirit was strong as we heard love filled words for those loved ones who have passed. Family History work truly does bless the lives of all involved. I am sure that I am not alone when saying I look forward to the next tell me a story night!