News Release

Family History Week held in Ipoh, Malaysia 

The Ipoh congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Family History Week during the week of December 2-6, 2014. Loh Gek Lian, Director of the Family History Center at the Church, organized the event with the help of many volunteers. A member of the congregation, Tan Seow Heng, welcomed visitors with opening remarks prior to the cutting of the ribbon. "The branches of the future are rooted in the past", he said. "A life not documented and recorded will be a lost record"..

In conjunction with the LDS Family History Week, others were invited to present displays to highlight the importance of remembering past events. Ian Anderson, representing Ipoh World, displayed beautiful pictures depicting the history of Ipoh from the early 1900's. Dato R. Thambipillay, President, WIRA Association of Malaysia, and retired Superintendent of Police, invited visitors to remember veterans and heroes from the 1948-64 Emergency.  

Two short videos were presented to introduce visitors to genealogy and the importance of keeping a family history. "Granite Mountain" shows the world's largest collection of genealogical records housed in a 65,000 square foot secure vault located in the mountains near FamilySearch world headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The granite mountain vault was build in 1965 to preserve and protect important family history and historical records. FamilySearch is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide. It offers free access to its resources and service online at Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that families are meant to be central to our lives and family relationships are intended to continue beyond this life. 


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