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Family history made easy(?)

Today was kind of a weird day. We got involved in a philosophical discussion about translating Japanese versions of Chinese names...which I guess was more just asking one person their opinion on how it should be done. There was a lot of odd communication going on, so I'm not even really sure what I think about it, except for wishing that people would convey their thoughts more clearly.

We got a little tired of it in the middle and wandered off to do chores instead, and then we were like, "Okay, time for Pokemon!" Because in our minds, it's always time for Pokemon, which is why it's so frustrating when we have to be doing things that are not playing Pokemon. We had originally planned to do more chores, but yesterday we were reminded that there was a ward activity tonight! And we missed the last ward activity because we forgot about it until it was too late to go, and we think it's important to go to ward activities.

And! it was "family history made easy," and family history is something that continues to elude us. Like, I feel like the instructions are, "You just...you know, do it." And I think that actually works for some people, because so many people do, in fact, do it. But for some reason, we can't seem to get it to work that way. So we thought maybe this would help! ...And it didn't really...in fact, I ended up helping someone else with the website. I may not know how to do my family history research, but I know how to use the website! (All the more reason it's so baffling to think that I can't figure it out.)

But we did learn two things! The first is that the Family Tree app has a cool feature where if you get together with a bunch of people and all go to the "find people related to me" thingie, and then tap the "scan friends" or whatever it is button, it will search the family trees of everybody else who's doing it and tell you if you're related. Then you can tap on their name and it will show you the relation! We were related to like six other people who were there, as like 10th and 11th cousins.

The other thing we learned was something we kind of already knew about, but the lady who was teaching (recently called as the ward family history expert) came over and asked me if I knew how to do it, and I was like, "I think so...?" and I tried it and did it for the first time. And what did I do? I reserved a name for the temple! AAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!! I don't know why it makes me so nervous, but it does! That's why I'd never done it before. I guess I was worried that I was doing it wrong somehow, or that I'd mess it up or something? And part of it was that our temple-going schedule is so irregular that we don't want to reserve names and never do the work for them. But we happened to already have plans to go to the temple on Thursday, so I figured why not? And now, for the first time, we're going to do temple work for our ancestors on our own initiative. It's kind of exciting!

Then we came home and stayed up late watching Miraculous. Oh, but it was so much fun. We were on a batch of episodes that didn't have any wrecking elements, so that might be part of it. But I think the other part is that we've seen them twice already, so the bad surprises are gone and we've been able to process the details and come to terms with everything. Tikki has a line that goes, "It's never too late to make things right!" (in the subtitles, anyway), and not only is that a theme for the entire show, but it reminds us that they can still fix anything that was truly wrong that happened in the season finale. Anyway, it's still a super fun show.

Today I'm thankful for the super cute Brownie Girl Scout and her parents who were selling cookies at the grocery store today (her parents made sure she handled the transaction and said, "Thank you for supporting us!"), getting to go to the ward activity, finding some new relatives, having names to take to the temple, and getting to watch three episodes of Miraculous. Oh yeah! and we evolved a bunch of Pokemon, too!
Tags: church, family history, miraculous, temple, translating
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