Dad, I’ve Heard That Story A Thousand Times!


I have been telling personal stories my whole life. That may not seem to be of great significance, but I have found that family stories are important in keeping “binds that tie.” I guess it can be said, that by telling personal stories over and over, a message is sent. The message is that the history of our lives and the lessons learned should not be forgotten.

Many summers ago I wrote down a childhood story that for me had a moral.  After writing it down I walked out of my office to the front desk where one of my sons was working. I said to him, “Hey,  have I ever told you the story…”  Shortly into it He gave me a roll of the eyes and said, “Yes, Dad, only a thousand times!” I thought to myself, “Good, when I’m dead and gone he will remember!” I’m not dead, I’m not gone. But someday I will be. I pray my life experiences will benefit my posterity and help them dodge some pitfalls in their lives.

All of my kids have been given family names in hopes, as did Helaman of old, that “… this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good”. (Helaman 5: 6)

And so it is with telling stories of life’s lessons learned. We should tell them often,  so that when our posterity remembers them,  that they will remember us; and when they remember us, they may remember our works, and when they remember our works, they can remember that they were good. Or so…we hope!

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