Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Genealogy and Self-Understanding

My ancestors are part of who I am; I am who I am because they were who they were; I cannot understand myself fully without understanding my ancestors - particularly what I inherited from them.

In order to repent and grow toward perfection (completion and wholeness), we need to understand ourselves. Much of that understanding comes as we understand our ancestors - and often learning of our ancestors helps us "remember how merciful the Lord has been unto the children of men", thus softening our hearts and allowing us to feel the confirming power of the Holy Ghost.

I need to know my ancestors, because I need to know myself and my potential as a child of God.

1 comment:

Christy said...

I agree. I have been blessed tremendously from researching my family history. I have grown to love my ancestors and in turn grown to love my living family members. Family ties have been strengthened and become a priority in my life. And best of all, I have found healing of the wounds that come from our dysfunction and imperfections.