Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Burnie BillionGraves Activity

On Saturday the 4th of March Burnie branch held its first BillionGraves activity at the Somerset cemetery. There were around 35 members that participated. We all used the BillionGraves app on our smartphones to take photos of the gravestones, a tricky exercise with many shiny gravestones which made it more like taking a selfie than a legible picture of the gravestone's information. Despite the heat, everyone was able to capture the gravestones in their assigned area having to help each other along the way tidying up any debris as they went.

Once the pictures were taken we all headed back to the chapel where we transcribed the pictures over pizza and delicious desserts. We were able to get a lot of work completed! Check out our efforts on the BillionGraves website!

It was an absolutely fantastic activity where we were able to serve each other, our fellow man and the Lord, fellowshipping with each other along the way. We even had a member's great-great-grandma buried in the cemetery and was able to capture her information!

The Waratah-Wynyard council have requested a copy of all the photos taken for their records. I feel like this was not only a great family history activity for our members but also a way to serve our community and put the Church's name out there. Something I think we need more of as the gospel message needs to be shared with not only each other but with the communities that we live in. Whether they accept the gospel or not, it is a great way to show true Christ-like love and be that example and light to others.

I would like to thank everyone who attended and made the activity a success as well as all those who helped organise and run the day and the Waratah-Wynyard council who allowed us to undertake the project and provided the maps. I have heard that some have even been asking when the next one will be! Which shows just how much everyone enjoyed themselves! It was a true joy to come together and do something meaningful for so many.

By Paige Triffitt