Merry Christmas, Everyone!

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Family reunions are a major part of our Christmas traditions, but with the pandemic surging, we are unable to gather as we love to do.  Fortunately, we can still enjoy the company of our loved ones by holding virtual events made possible through modern technology.  An added bonus of virtual events is that loved ones who find it difficult to travel long distances can join in with just a click of the mouse.  There are many platforms available that can be used to host a virtual family reunion.  Some of those platforms include:  Zoom, Google Meet, Go To Meeting, Cisco Webex, Skype, which can be easily set-up by logging onto the site.
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Reunions are an important tool to strengthen our family bonds and also learn important information that can assist us in our family history efforts.  Activities and games are a fun way to socialize virtually and provide an avenue for us to learn more about the history of our families.  Here are a few ideas:
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Please share these ideas with your family as well as your ward/branch family.
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“When we connect and belong to each other we treat each other differently.”
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-Steve Rockwood
CEO FamilySearch International
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We continue to pray for your well-being during this challenging time and hope that your Christmas festivities will be joyous.  Who knows, perhaps some new and fun traditions will be created as a result of these trying circumstances, which can be passed down through the generations!
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With love in our hearts,
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Bill and Mary Buckley
Riverside Stake Family History Leaders