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Today in the Bloggernacle: Join the BillionGraves project this Memorial Day

Published: Monday, May 28 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Learn about the BillionGraves.com project and take part this Memorial Day.

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Memorializing graves: Take your smart phone when you visit the graves of loved ones today. Why? Because you can be a part of the “Preserving Memories of A Billion Graves” project outlined at this FamilySearch.org blog post: “This is the time of year when people around the world are focusing their attention toward remembering and honoring their loved ones who have died. Many of us are making preparations to take the family to local cemeteries to visit the graves of beloved family members. This often includes cleaning up family burial plots and placing flowers on the graves of close family members. In addition to these activities, there is one more great activity that families can do that is in keeping with the spirit of this activity. As you visit the gravesites of your ancestors, why not bring your smart phone along and capture images of your loved one’s tombstones. Through the use of a smart phone App from BillionGraves.com, you can now preserve images of and information from these tombstones and make it possible for anyone around the world to see your ancestor’s gravesite through GPS navigation.” Cool! Click in to learn more about this wonderful community-driven project.

Memorialized history: Reaching back a few years, I pull out this historical gem from Keepapitchinin about “The Mormons' First Memorial Day.” It’s about how Mormons were almost uninvited from participating in the first “Declaration Day” (the precursor to Memorial Day) in Utah in 1873. But as this blogger explains, “We even had to fight for our right to honor the dead and to participate in national holidays. We can’t take anything for granted.” Click to learn what Apostle George Q. Cannon wrote about this first commemoration along with a bit of the history.

Memorial FHE: Do your children understand the meaning of Memorial Day? This blogger’s son asked her about Memorial Day, prompting her to craft an entire family home evening lesson in honor of the holiday. Click in to “Teaching Children about Memorial Day FHE Lesson” with stories, songs, lesson ideas (customized for both younger and older children) and many activities to choose from, including “Make an annual family flag to fly outside your home on Memorial Day, in addition to the American Flag.” And, “Visit a cemetery as a family. The other day I realized we had never taken our children to the Salt Lake City cemetery where all our past prophets are buried. This is a beautiful place and filled with so much history.” And even, “Visit a Family History Library in your area. Take a tour and learn how to use the sources available to research and find the members of your family. You may even find someone 'famous' to whom you are related.” Awesome!

Memorial message: I’m putting this one last, because it is fitting for President Thomas S. Monson’s touching Mormon Messages video from May 2010 to be your farewell moment of today in the Bloggernacle. He tells the story of Arthur Patton, a young man who died in WWII, and speaks of the assurance that comes through Jesus Christ that he will live again. So let President Monson’s wish of “Until We Meet Again” comfort you this Memorial Day.

Emily W. Jensen updates "Today in the Bloggernacle" on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, presenting the best from the world of LDS-oriented blog sites. Her extended "Bloggernacle Back Bench" appears on Tuesdays. Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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