Thank you to ALL those who spent their time,effort & engery on this GIFT!
Including the writter of This articale! I appreciate these kinds of pieces
& would hate for the negitivity to stop them from being Written again!
Offened or not, it was a wonderful loving thing to give to their family!Just some food for thought! Found some inspired words,religious or not!I think
'beliefs'can be said for 'actions' too.“When WE do not do what is
right or whenOUR OUTLOOK is dominated by skepticism ,cynicism, criticism &
irreverencetoward OTHERS and their beliefs,the Spirit cannot be with usWe then act in a way that the prophets describe as the natural man."Robert D.HalesEnsign,Nov09Loud mouth Dee
Ps.please search the archives. When President Obama was given His genalogy
there was articale given.Where you can see a lovely pichure of him as well
as President Monson and others.I believe in the oval office. So focas on
more important issues then a photo or quote.Please! However, in that
Articale his is quoted as follows:Said Obama: "I enjoyed my meeting with
President Monson and Elder Oaks. I'm grateful for the genealogical
recordsthat they brought with them and am looking forward toreading
through the materials with my daughters.It's something our family will
treasure for years to come."He sounds greatful to me! But read the hate
posted at the endOf that artical.... I don't know if I would have said
much eitherand I am proud but newer member of the church myself! Seriously settle down! With love! Dee
WOW you guys can seriously get worked up!!! I'll give it some of you tho.
Now, granted these areTHE most photographed and interved presidential
family in American history! They have had PR storms for a beer andAre on my TV more the Weather. So they both (at either delivery)should
have taken a moment to say thank you and a photo for history!Besides for
this perpuse but for their own family momeries after they leave DC But
come on,let's not kid ourselves here. We all know the church still freaks
a lot of people out! Its possible she didn't know how to handle it without
upsetting other people! They are also wellKnown for that aswell! So
yeah, her press secratay should have advised her moreAppropriately. But
all in all it was a gift.Q? Its the "beer summit" Guy a professor of
genealogy or somehow conected withGenealogy .com?As a side note:And ANY african american history is extremely difficult to find let Alone compile consistante information! So amazing work to who even workedOn this project!If it helps THANK YOU!
The church gives these books to all the dignitaries and I am so glad they do so
that if they are prompted they may also do more geneology. There are so many
families who are looking for people so by giving the geneology to people like
this they may be able to help us find more if they enter names that are not in
the books. I am glad they continue to do this as finding our family members is
so important to me.
Hans may have never done genealogy. For hundreds of years it has been nigh on to
impossible to do Black genealogy. But the Mormons, who have some black members,
when they became available took old military records - many yellowed, in an
almost unintelligible pen scratch - and formed a unit to read these. They took,
say nine people. Each read the record and they actually, in some cases, had to
vote on what the paper said, it's that difficult. Then they may have come down
to two versions of a word or a sentence. Then they narrowed it further with many
people reading the same words. Finally they came to a consensus. That is how
difficult doing genealogy can be. Original records were hand written. Not
everyone had perfect penmanship, even in military or court record offices. The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should be congratulated for
undertaking such a terrifically difficult project. Had Obama become president
thirty or even twenty years earlier, his and Michelle's records would not
comprise five volumes - maybe only one. Three cheers for the church - and for
the Obamas for wanting to know their ancestors.
This is great and wonderful. The Church is for every one. Both high and the
mighty and small and down. The family record presentation to the US first lady
is a good one. The church is true and I know it will all my heart.
Atheists are good people...so are agnostics. I do genealogy and I think it is
wonderful that the most prominent genealogical library in the world prepared her
genealogy. Why can't we simply respect the fact that there are people of
to em-- that's a perfect reason for wanting one of your children to be
president! love it. what could nicer than getting your family's geneology handed
to you on a silver platter from the prominent geneologist themselves, the LDS
church! to anonymous atheist -- very gracious of you to compliment
the LDS church, you are an exceptional example of an honest to God good person!
i agree with JanSan it sounds like michelle obama was not even impressed with
the absolutely awesome gift of VOLUMES of geneology... that is a tremendous
amount of work, dedication the LDS church members put into such an extraordinary
gift! maybe we are being mislead right now because the reporter doesn't have all
the facts, but i sure hope michelle realizes and understand the value of this
amazing gift...BTW i am an obama fan and voted for him, this is disappointing in
the First Lady... God Bless the LDS church which is truly an instrument of peace
and doing a wonderful job of enlightening the world.
I want to know why the Brethren are devaluing credibility by hobnobbing with
criminals like dirty Harry Reid and other Obamunists. Reid and Pelosi should be
doing time for illegally twisting the sacred constitution, making bribes,
kickbacks, secret meetings, back room deals. All under the guise of "we just
wanna help you". Shame, Shame, Shame.
Boy...the things you people come up with...LOL..!
Seems nice.Good job.
To Moracle: My goodness! That's a lot of supposing.To most others: I
agree with "Please". Politics is not even involved here. It is a great gesture
of good will that the LDS Church has done for several U.S. Presidents. As I
recall, there seemed to be a lot of political bantering when the LDS Church gave
President Obama his genealogy, as well. Too bad.
We should give Mrs. Obama a break. She may feel it would violate separation
of Church and State if she made a public statement about the gift; or she may
not want to give free PR to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for
some reason (after all, there aren't too many Democrats among LDS voters). Maybe they are trying to make a break from all Christian religions, after
the Rev. Walsh fiasco. I read that they have not attended any church since Obama
won the election, although they did take their vacation during Ramadan, whatever
thay may mean. Pres. Obama has referred to "my Muslim religion" on more
than one occassion, so maybe they are trying to return to his Muslim roots, and
fear it would offend the muslims, to make public her interactionsd with other
Hey Hans, have you ever thought that the people who prepared Michelle Obama's
genealogy didn't just snap their fingers and poof -- a genealogy all ready to
go? Perhaps they didn't give the genealogy at the same time because they were
still working on it. African-American genealogy is rather difficult to do and
requires intensive research.Shawilli -- reread the article and think
to yourself, "hey, all of the quotes are coming from Sen. Reid and none from the
church." Yes, that's right, the free publicity came from Reid's office, not the
LDS Church. The church did this as a courtesy, not for free publicity.
Best article today. That's really cool the LDS church has done this for them.
Honestly, I'm an atheist, so our beliefs are quite different, but I thank the
LDS church everyday for it's massive and extensive geneology. I found out my
great grandfather was an lds missionary and I have lds roots. It's nice to see
a nice gesture like this. Hands down the lds church has paved the way and
continues to in geneology.
It's nice to read a positive news article, and this certainly is one!
To Hans, If they started this project at the time of the election, it
could well have taken this long. If it had started at the time of Obama getting
the nomination, it could have taken this long. For African-Americans like
Mrs. Obama whose families have been in the US for many generations, it often
takes quite a bit of looking to gather information. Many of the most useful
records would have to be sought out at multiple locations, others would have to
be found by looking through censuses and paying close attention to who lives by
who. If you want to do something right it takes time.
To the 11:45 commentator, The White House stated it was a private event
and that is all they are going to say. Mrs. Obama has chosen to not say what
she thought of it. It is much better for a reporter to admit that a person said
nothing than to guess what they thought.
What a neat thing for the church to do. I really admire Harry Reid. What a
wonderful man from small town Nevada, schooled at the college in Cedar City, UT,
a mormon and a democrat. I am so pleased to see an LDS person who is a high
ranking democrat who cares so much for people and health care reform. These
articles help bridge the divide between the parties and show that the church has
members who support not only President and Mrs Obama. More respect - less hate.
This is why I want one of my children to become president, so their family
history (and mine) will be done by professionals.
it's a nice story about a nice gesture of good will. All of you politicos need
to just give it a rest.
I guess it must have been a slow news day at the DN, does anyone really care if
Michelle Obama got her family history handed to her? I for one was not.I am much
more interested in news that matters to more than just the Church trying to get
some free publicity and make a real impact in more lives than just Michelle
1 - Reid IS representing those who voted for him. He's not representing you. I
doubt you voted for him.2. Many people (like me) are against the
current health care bill because it does not go far enough. BUT...if it's the
best we can get right now, I'm for it. I AM INCLUDED IN THE "DON'T WANT IT"
Republican polls....wrongly attributed.3 - You have no clue about
socialism. But I'll be thrilled if you deny all government income (SSI,
Medicare, Medicaid, VA, fed/military retirement, etc). Tell your parents YOU
are now going to pay their medical bills, because they are "socialists".
The article was written based on what may have been a slim report from the
participants on an even that just happened (today?). There is nothing in the
article to indicate--or even hint--that the First Lady didn't thanks those
involved or that she did not appreciate the gift.And as for the
newspaper reading public, no one needs to provide a press release to the public
to indicate how that person thanked others for a gift. If I receive a birthday
gift, I am obliged to thank the giver directly. I don't need to announce my
feelings to the world, "Dear World, I want you all the know that I thanked X and
Y for the gift they gave me."This is just a tiny little article
based on scanty info. You need not assume the worst. Of late, we have become
well aware of how much of the story the DN sometimes misses or leaves out.
Yes, the White house being welfare sqaure was quite hilarious.
What's wrong with Harry Reid?How about #1 he does not REPRESENT
those that voted for him.#2. Pushing what He and his Party want
down America's throat, when they don't WANT IT?#3. Nudging America
closer to Socialism.Get a clue.
Cleaning up after the Bush/Cheney mess will look like a picnic some day looking
back. The mess being created now may be impossible to clean up.
to re:eddie Loved your comment. It made me choke on something I was eating.
I thought the White House was Welfare Square.
I also would like to know what her reaction was.Wheras I realize
that this is not a poto op for the church.. still it is a lot of work that went
into this and I think that out of common respect she should at least acknowledge
the gift and say thank you to those who worked so hard on it.From
the way the article was written it makes it sound like she is not really that
impressed with this gift.
I like the Senator from Nevada. Hmmmmm. I am a graduate of... and world
traveler... and grandfather... and combat veteran. Sane and sober.I
like Harry. What's the problem? Is he tooooo independent? Does he support the
President?oh my gosh, that is shameful isn't it. tsk tsk
What a wonderful gift. Why the delay? It should have been done at the time they
took office. But at least they finally got it.It is wonderful to see the
hard work of Brother Reid and the currant administration in bringing the United
States into the current century and cleaning up after the Bush/Cheney mess.
The Church did not use this as a photo-op, but as a gesture of respect to the
First Lady, behind closed doors. If she wishes to reveal how she feels about the
gift, she will do so. I would think and hope that she would be
genuinely pleased. Those volumes represent a large amount of time and effort. I
don't remember her husband's response to the same gift back in 2009, but I
haven't checked the archives.
That is great that the LDS CHurch did this for the President's family.
To "Hope she saw Welfare Square" at 1:05 p.m. Read the article!!! It was
presented in the WHITE HOUSE. Unless they have a Welfare Square or Humanitarian
Center in the White House, she would have to come out to Utah.
I hope she got a chance to visit Welfare Square or the Humanitarian Center.
That's where the really cool stuff happens! Blessing lives all over the world
every day, regardless of religion.
Did it occur to you that because this is an LDS Apostle, maybe the reporter
couldn't get all the information he needed right then, and wanted to get the
news out?In this age of "I need this now" information, I'd be
willing to bet that we get more information as soon as the reporter gets it.
I see it this way: every human being that ever lived if only for a few minutes
is important in the scheme of things.
That is great! Every one should know more about their family history!!
So what did she think? Who gives a care what senator Reid thinks. Article was