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Doing family history and temple work is a way of creating bridges between the living and those who have passed on.
“Family members are waiting for bridges to be built so they can cross the chasms that keep them stopped, that keep them away from their eternal progression,” Meg Johnson says in her new CD “Bridging Heaven and Earth.”
She shares multiple ways to be involved in family history work, including: finding and compiling family stories, scrapbooking, discovering your fan chart on Family Search and filling it in, keeping a journal, indexing and finding ancestors’ names to take to the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After quoting LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson’s admonition that “It is better to look up,” Johnson says, “What better way to look up than to look up our ancestors on the computer. We build a bridge by finding their name, and taking it to the temple and getting them baptized — getting them baptized so we can liberate them from spirit prison. They want to be liberated from spirit prison.”
She points to what Elder Quentin L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said in the April 2014 general conference, “Don’t underestimate the influence of the deceased in assisting your efforts.” Johnson attests that they not only help with family history work but also with assistance in other areas of a person’s life as he or she needs and asks for heavenly help.
Johnson’s humor and sparkling personality along with her love for the Lord and family history work are evident throughout her presentation. She shares personal spiritual experiences in family history work blended with teachings of leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding family history and temple work to make her points.
In 2004, Johnson, a convert to the LDS Church, suffered injuries in a 40-foot fall that left her a C-7 quadriplegic. She has since finished a communications degree at Weber State University and become a motivational speaker. She maintains a website at megjohnsonspeaks.com where she publishes Meg’s Monthly Message, records inspirational video messages and writes a blog. Her audio CDs include “Let Your Light Shine,” “Always a Princess” and “When Life Gets Hard.” She, her husband, Whit, and their daughter, Zula Mae, live in Utah.
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street in Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.