I am enmeshed in writing the story of my grandparents, including how they ended up in the small, middle-of-nowhere place in East Tennessee where they lived and died. I have always been a history buff, so seeing how the movements of my ancestors are so intimately connected to American history has been a fascinating and educational endeavor.
One fact keeps coming into focus, albeit unsettlingly. The movement from the original colonies was usually for two main reasons: Cheaper land and freedom from increasingly oppressive governments.
I ask myself lately, "Would I pull up roots and leave my home and (at least part of) my family to escape a socialist America where I do not feel free to express myself. Where I no longer have a real voice in the affairs of my life?"
One group of my ancestors began in Scotland and fled to (now Northern) Ireland for religious freedom. A couple generations later, when they faced intolerable rents and ruthless landlords in Ireland, they boarded ...
I am thankful for my Heavenly Father and for everything that he does for me. I am thankful for Jesus Christ, for his atonement and mercy. For His Gospel. For the scriptures, prayer, a living prophet.
I am thankful to live in this wonderful country with its inspired Constitution.
I am thankful that families can be together forever and for temples.
I am thankful for all you awesome people and for your kindness and friendship, even though we haven't met in person.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! #givethanks
A message from Dave.