Family History: What I Found

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Joe always loved his grandfather, but he didn’t know some of the most interesting things about him until a mysterious journal entry and a surprising wartime keepsake inspired Joe to learn more.

His grandfather was born 1912 in a tiny North Dakota town. He was a skilled piano player. He loved God, his country, his family, and learning.

“I knew my grandpa as a funny, kind, piano-playing man who always had a toothpick in his mouth and a dozen more in his shirt pocket,” Joe says.

After both of his grandparents passed away, Joe found a photo of them in which his grandfather was holding a pistol. The gun caught Joe’s eye, and his curiosity led him to discover details of his grandfather’s life as a soldier that he never would have known otherwise.

“The more I read, the more I was caught up, overwhelmed with emotion for what my grandfather must have seen and experienced. I had no idea.”

Joe still does not know the story behind the gun, but the connection he felt to his grandfather as he searched for answers is a better treasure than he hoped for.

“I am grateful to know him better—for the chance to strengthen our relationship even after he had passed on.”


Watch the talk that inspired this message: Roots and Branches