Building personal historic sites

By Darrel Hammon

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 18 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

Videos: It seems that everyone has a video camera ready and waiting to record the event. Plus, with many video editing programs out there, it's possible to learn to use the programs to develop videos to share with others or view in the quiet confines of a home. Who knows, maybe the video will go viral, and you’ll become famous!

Sharing: Our historic events can be and should be shared in many instances. Some of the stories may be too poignant to share — at least right now. Other stories are fun to share. Children and others need to hear these stories. And our children and grandchildren often clamor for the story to be told one more time. Sharing helps to relive the experience. More often than not, the feelings of that moment surface each time we tell the story. Perhaps, though, most sacred stories can be shared on special occasions.

Blogging: Ah, the wonders of the new technology! Now, personal historic events can be instantaneous. For some, blogging may be too new. My daughters convinced me to write a blog (which is at www.darrelhammon.blogspot.com) to record my feelings, my events, my thoughts and other musings. I have been amazed at the number of people who read it and then comment. My blog has become an outlet for me, whether it be poetry or an essay or just feelings about a particular event. It is a recording of my life — albeit in snippets.

However a person decides to record and preserve your historic event will be special to them, to their family and and throughout history. Just as Olsen believes that "as people catch a glimpse of modern-day history, their knowledge of church history will grow and their testimonies of the gospel will be strengthened," our testimonies will grow, too.

Like I, too, believe that as historic events and experiences are recorded, testimonies will grow, and those of family members will grow, not necessarily because the events were spectacular or earth-shattering. Rather, they are our events, our historic events, the ones that made us as we are and will be.

An Idahoan, Darrel Hammon likes being outdoors, growing things and seeing things the way they could be. He blogs at www.darrelhammon.blogspot.com.

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