Date: January 29, 2012 08:45AM
Telling me won’t accomplish a thing.
You know perfectly well LD$ theology of choice, how they consider it a gift, and that they also do it, because they care. People don’t do religious ordinances out of spite.
I have previously said that researching families is an act of caring, because when I research a family (remember I am an atheist), I bring them back from obscurity. No one remembers them until I retrieve them from history. When LD$ do research for their families it is no different. They love their ancestors, and you can be offended at them, because that’s what religion is all about. US vs. THEM.
You don’t own your ancestors. You don’t speak for them. They were individuals, and no one knows what they were thinking when they died. People were born into their religions, and hated them just the same. They put up false fronts just like many nonbelievers trapped in the morg today. I am bewildered by people who think their ancestors are theirs, and none of the other descendants count.
The IGI is an index of births/christenings, and marriages with attached ordinance dates. It is not a membership roll, and no researcher thinks of it as that. It is a database for research.
Also, as one who claims to care, I don’t think you have spent much time searching out your ancestors. I have easily spent 10,000+ hours doing original research in difficult records. I studied 2-8 years in three languages, learned history, and took research classes. I have surveyed surnames in entire towns to make sure I find everyone. I have learned their stories, and about their struggles. I know who fled persecution, their occupations, their causes of death, who had a difficult life, who had their children survive childhood, who was massacred by armies in the name of religion or shot by Stalin. I know who fought for their country, and if, and how they died. I know who died young, and left children, who lived to be 80, and older. I know this back at least 200 years to 500 average at the most. What do you know about your family? I am certainly not disinterested now, and when I was a member I was not disinterested.
So, as a nonmember, why are you here? Personally I have found some of your comments destructive to my recovery.
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 01/29/2012 09:36AM by atheist&happy:-).