Saturday was the third and final day of RootsTech 2014. John Ralls again wrote a report of the day's events. He also included a couple of pictures. As you read his words and look at the pictures, don't forget that you can click on either of the small pictures below to view a larger image.
The first address was from Todd Hansen, host of a BYU-produced TV show that sends him out to random places in the country (not just Utah) to surprise someone and get them to tell his or her life story for the TV show. A lot of his presentation consisted of showing clips from the show, but he did have a point: Everyone has a story that needs to be told and recorded. He can do only 100 a year, so we need to get out there and get our own family's stories recorded.
The second speaker was Stephanie Nielsen, who told the heart-and-gut-wrenching story of her recovery from a plane crash in which she suffered burns over 80% of her body. There's no way I can convey the impact of her speech, so I'll plug her book for her instead: Heaven is Here, ISBN 1401341985. Her point was more or less the same as Hansen's: document your life how you will, but document it for your posterity. Everyone is a survivor of something, so tell your story.
The other big two big things today were a special set of sessions for members of the LDS church. I'm not one of those, so I don't really know much more about it. The other was the arrival of 4,000 more attendees for the youth camp. There were kids everywhere, and they looked like they were having a good time. Michael LeClerc claimed in his lecture that he'd started genealogy at 5; I didn't see any participants quite that young, but I'm all in favor of getting started early!
It was very much a wind-down day for me: Last check-ins with friends until Richmond in May and closing down the Library *again*.
My thanks to John Ralls for his extensive reports and for all the pictures.
To John: if you ever decide to change careers and decide to seek a job as a news reporter, please feel free to add my name onto your list of references to be included with your resumé.