Catching images of ourselves and our loved ones has been an important method of preserving our memories for centuries. The “daguerreotype” or “daguerreotypy” process was the first publicly available form of photography used dating back to the 1840’s – 1850’s. The process would entail the use of a polished sheet of copper, treating it with fumes to make the surface light sensitive, exposing it in the camera, fuming it with mercury, applying a chemical treatment, and then rinsing and drying it. Whew! What a lengthy process!
Fortunately, we live in the technology age where images of our families and memories can be taken and shared in a matter of a few seconds. No longer is a photographer required to take our picture, rather, we can just hold up our smartphones and take a selfie!
These wonderful images can be a fun way to learn more about our ancestors. The FamilySearch website has an app that will allow you to upload a photo of yourself and then compare it to photos of relatives whom you look most like. Who knows? You just may find out that you have your granddaddy’s nose! Here’s the link if you want to give it a try:
What an amazing and inspiring General Conference we had this past weekend! The messages presented were certainly uplifting and brought a significant amount of peace to our souls during these challenging times. In his Sunday morning address [October 4, 2020], President Russell M. Nelson touched on the topic of the “Gathering of Israel”. He said:
“Thus, the very name of Israel refers to a person who is willing to let God prevail in his or her life,” He added: “The Lord is gathering those who are willing to let God prevail in their lives. The Lord is gathering those who will choose to let God be the most important influence in their lives. For centuries, prophets have foretold this gathering, and it is happening right now! As an essential prelude to the Second Coming of the Lord, it is the most important work in the world!”
What an awesome notion to know we are helping to usher in the Second Coming of the Lord through family history and temple work! Start now to engage in this important work and share this email with those in your ward/branch to motivate them as well!
We hope you have a wonderful week and that the messages delivered this past weekend will linger with you and provide a sense of peace knowing we are in the Lord’s hands.
Bill and Mary Buckley
Riverside Stake Family History Leaders
(Featured picture: Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre)