Category Archives: Family History

Girls at Mutual Dell Girls Camp learn about Journal Writing

This evening I was invited to speak to a group of young women at a girls camp at Mutual Dell in American Fork Canyon.  They asked me to talk about Journal Writing and why it’s important.  That’s a topic I … Continue reading

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Go Forward with Faith

Today is the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the coming together of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point in Utah.  I’ve been reading about what Brigham Young called the “pivotal and sweeping” changes this mode of transportation brought to … Continue reading

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A little piece of advice from Bishop Finis F. Buchanan to a young Ann Laemmlen

When I was a student at Reedley High School, I was extremely busy with sports, school and extra curricular activities.  We lived a few miles out of town, and driving back and forth also used valuable time.  I remember going … Continue reading

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Roger Minert, Mentor and Friend

Every now and again you meet someone who absolutely changes your life.  Roger Minert is one of those people to me.  This week I attended his Last Lecture at BYU as he prepares for retirement. This is the man who taught … Continue reading

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Keeping and Preserving

One of the things that keeps me awake at night is the fear that I won’t have time to empty everything that needs to passed on out of my mind and my computer and into someone else’s before I die.  … Continue reading

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A Lewis Family Gathering

It occurred to me this week that I’m so busy looking for stories and histories and documents and photos of people in my family’s past, that sometimes I neglect the present, and those in our family now.  We had a … Continue reading

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Be a Life Saver!

I’ve been spending my spare moments at the BYU Family History Library scanning photos and documents on their fast scanners.  It’s fun work, capturing and preserving images and lives.  With all the talk lately about “ministering,” I feel this is … Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Tree!

Growing up in Reedley, CA, we always went to a Christmas Tree Farm to cut a fresh tree.  It was always the beginning of the holiday season.   I think these photos were taken around 1972 or 1973 when I was … Continue reading

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Grandma Grace Rememberies by Granddaughter, Claire Lewis, age 5

These words are from Claire right after Grandma Grace’s funeral on 1 Nov 1998: Grandma had curly yellowish hair. She liked to take care of us and read stories to us–the girl that rides on the goose (Mother Goose). She … Continue reading

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Remembering My Mom, 20 Years After Her Death

Twenty Things I Know About My Mom, Grace Helen Smuin Laemmlen 1. She was born in Glendale, CA, and grew up in San Gabriel near Pasadena. She worked on the Rose Bowl Parade floats every year while she was in … Continue reading

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