Every year I am so excited to go to RootsTech and each year I come home and I feel overwhelmed by all that I learn. In the three days that I attended my brain took in so much new information I don’t even know where to begin. It usually takes me about a week to take it all in and go through my notes to see what it is that I want to concentrate on.  Last year I enjoyed Paleography classes and was really interested in that. This year I realized that the classes I took and the things that I wrote the most related to stories. As we’ve all heard the quote “everyone has a story” I realized how true that is. Sometimes we think a person’s story is one thing, and then we come to find there is a lot more to their life story. I learned this year that I can go and learn new things, but I must do what I love and keep telling stories. Just a few days after Roots Tech I received a special gift that will forever be part of me. 


Growing up my Grandma was the sweetest person I had ever met. I knew that she loved my grandpa so much. I felt the love she had for me, my siblings, my cousins, and my mom and her siblings. She loved the scriptures and she would type on her typewriter every single night. That was her story.
As I got older I learned more about her. All those things I knew about her were true, but she was more than that. After she passed away in 2012 I missed her so much, I still do. When I’m having a bad day I think of what grandma would tell me to cheer me up. I close my eyes and imagine she is there with me telling me all those wonderful things and it makes me happy.


A couple years ago I tried to find my grandma’s old recipes. I hoped that I could find one to display in my kitchen, but we had no luck. Just a couple weeks ago my mom found my grandma’s recipe box. I was so excited. I went to pick it up and found recipes that had been cut out of the newspaper and some that she had typed up on index cards. As I went through the cards I realized more than half were not recipes at all. They were scriptures and quotes from apostles and lessons that she has learned through her life.


One that seemed to fall right out for me was titled ‘We All Influence Others. Each Of Us Is A Leader.’ It was exactly what I needed to hear (read). I want to influence others and be an example to those around me, but I question my abilities and know that I lack a lot of qualities required. I then read the words my grandma recorded.

“Those who righteously lead others will receive great blessings. The Lord promised: “Whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospel’s sake, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:35) Those who serve others are promised wisdom, understanding and spiritual enlightenment. “Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory. And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom. Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know. And their wisdom shall be great and their understanding reach to heaven.” (D&C 76:6-9) OUR CHALLENGE: Be a better leader tomorrow than we have been today. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT that we have never done before.”


Her words speak to me. I know we all influence others in one way or another. I hope that I can make a difference for one person than the things I have learned in my life, my examples have served me well. My grandma and her motivational talks are bottled up right there in her recipe box for me when I need inspiration. It is priceless and they will be well-loved.