In my young and eager mind I thought that it would be fun to build a bridge somewhere or paint a wall for someone or something like that. When I expressed my ideas to my saintly Mother, she gave me an idea for something that would be far more lasting, and help many more people.
In my neighborhood, there is a big cemetery. She told me that a lot of the information from that cemetery was not online so it was hard for people to do their genealogy. So the idea that we decided on was that we would take pictures of each headstone and post the information (name, marriage date, death date) online.
It seemed to me that this project was one that tied in perfectly to what I was trying to do as a Scout. I wanted to help the greatest amount of people possible. This project allowed me to help people on this side of the veil, and on the other.
So we went forth! About one hundred people came and helped me take pictures. It was a great experience even though I found a headstone with my name on it with that specific date on it as my death date (I stayed away from that one). After we were all done they sent me all of their pictures and I had the task (along with my mom and a very helpful guy in my ward) to go through those pictures and index all of the information.
We were able to give the information that we indexed to Family Search and they added it into their archives. Now that information is all online for anyone looking for their ancestors.
Suffice it to say, I too sit in the esteemed Eagle’s Nest at Court of Honors now. I hope that the efforts made that day have ripple effects that spread through eternity in helping people reach salvation.
Author: Tanner Bennett | BYU Student, Friend of Scouting