The Family Stories That Bind Us

On November 20, 2013 by MMM

Stories Bind Us

My friend Joey sent me a link to an article from the New York Times that was published earlier this year.

Sadly, she sent it one day after I taught a Gospel Doctrine class about family history. (This would have been awesome!)

Check out this excerpt: “The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned. [It] turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.”

What? Scientific proof that family history can impact our lives here and now – and not just in temple work for those that have moved on? It is true.

Please read this terrific article, “The Family Stories That Bind Us,” written by Bruce Feiler.

It is BonaFide, and very cool.  This line of research falls in line with what I have always believed, and is encouraged by our church. I am definitely going to take a look at some of our family dialogue and narrative.

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One Response to “The Family Stories That Bind Us”

  • Barbara

    I feel like I am teaching the exact same classes as you. I just taught the very first lesson of the Family History course in my YSA ward. Let me tell you, that’s not a popular class for our current demographic and I’m struggling with the material.

    Thanks for the article link! I hope it will help.