|ADULT SOS Challenge A-2b Alternative 1-Hour History - Enhanced|
Writing Your History in One Hour - Enhanced
You will create a basic history in one hour, then expand upon and enhance it.
First, find a time when you can commit one hour to writing. You will need a stopwatch or a timer to keep track of your time. Gather the necessary materials, you will need such as paper and pen, or sit at your typewriter or computer. Make sure that you can be comfortable, and maybe have a drink and snacks available.
Your history will be divided into eight sections. You will commit roughly 6 minutes to each section. This means that you will have to keep things brief and resist the temptation to elaborate on the things you are writing. If something you write triggers additional thoughts and details you may want to write a quick note of two or three words in the margin that you can return to at a later time.
Ready? Set your timer for six minutes, and let’s get started!
Section 1. Write down your name tell briefly, how you got your name, what it means, and any nicknames you have had. If you were named for a particular person mention that in your writing. As soon as you have completed section 1 or when your timer has gone off, reset the timer for six minutes.
Section 2. Now write everything, you know about where you were born, the name of the hospital or the address or location or city of your birthplace. You may want to add any other details about the time of day or the day of the week, and if there were any special people there.
Section 3. Now take the next six minutes and list the names, birthplaces and birth dates of your parents and any brothers and sisters that you might have.
Section 4. List all of the schools that you have attended and the city in which they were located. Do not spend a great deal of time talking about, childhood friends and memories, but write as much as you can about your school experiences in six minutes. Add a few memory joggers in the margin if necessary, but keep writing.
Section 5. List any organizations you belonged to as a child --- Primary, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other clubs or groups you participated in during your school years. School clubs, organizations or committees.
Section 6 . List all of the important church dates that you can recall. How did you get involved with the Church? Family? Missionaries? Baptism and confirmation dates, marriage date, and dates that you received other Church ordinances and callings.
7. The section may take a little longer so set your timer for 10
minutes. List the date,
location and brief details of your marriage, then list the names of
your children and their birth
dates. Briefly list important changes in your family - - relocations,
Section 8. Now spend 10 minutes describing how you have spent your adult life. Tell what have you done in the home and in the community. Have you been in the work world? What have been some of the joys and challenges that you have experienced as an adult. Have you traveled? Served a mission? What do you see coming up in your future?
At this point you should have four minutes left. Take this remaining time to jot down a few notes in the margin of things that you remembered during your writing but did not have time to write down. You have now completed your personal history!
At this time you will probably want to make a fresh, clean copy of your writing, omitting any scribbles, corrections or changes you might have made. Typing it on the computer will make it easy to re-arrange sections, add and delete information, and make additional copies for others.
The above material has been adapted from an Ensign article (June 1994) written by Carol Huber entitled “One-Hour Life History”
NOW ... Add the enhancements!
As you re-write your notes, elaborate and add details.
Add photographs, and share your testimony. Details about your children and grandchildren can be added. Important dates in church and world history that have occurred during your lifetime can be listed. Memories of grandparents, aunts and uncles and special family outings would also be fun to include.
Research could include interviewing your parents, your siblings, other family members, and even friends for information from their perspectives on the events of your life. We promise that they will remember things you don’t, or that you haven’t considered. You may wish to take notes in draft form, on paper or on computer, on which you can draw to write your story.
Each week spend some time collecting, organizing, and selecting pictures to be included to illustrate the periods of your life. Be selective; less is probably better than more.
We have divided the life span into categories to assist you in collecting your thoughts and compiling information, but your finished product and narrative do not have to flow in the same order. You can arrange your story in any way you choose.
Your finished life’s story can also take a variety of forms:
Whatever you choose is entirely up to you, but the challenge is to complete your life’s story before the ward social. Once you have completed it, you should continue to keep a journal or in some way continue to document the events of your life so you can update your story periodically.
Consider sharing your story with family at a special occasion such as a family reunion, a birthday, or Christmas. This may give you added incentive and help you decide the final form of your story. Remember to keep a journal of your progress, your experiences, and your feelings about completing this challenge.
At the ward summer social, bring your journal and a copy of your story for the concluding awards ceremony
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