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Christensen Reunion Canceled and Back On

From Wayne and Jill: We will host an “un-official” Christensen family reunion here at our home on June 19th.

We will have a day-long BBQ out by our pool and open our home to all the extended family who would like to gather for a full day of family fun, laughter and visiting. To make the day complete, we will add the family traditions… my famous root beer floats, Wayne’s gourmet hot dogs, Mom’s (Zona) fabulous baked beans and any other family favorites you would like to bring!

If other, vigorous activities (besides swimming) are desired, there are two parks less than a mile from our home.

We have a spare bedroom, our air-conditioned 5th wheel with two bedrooms (sleeps 7), and in our personal, on-site “RV Park” we have RV Parking for up to 5 additional rigs available for those who are traveling distances to attend. We hope you will take advantage, and come to our “un-official” family reunion on the 19th!

Please let us know how many will be coming in your family and if you will be joining the old fashioned “sleep over” at the Wayne Christensen home & RV park.

Addendum from Eric: After talking to Wayne and Judy and Marcus and leaving a message with Gene, it is proposed that Judy sends out a follow up email.

After speaking with several of you and discussing it with my siblings, in addition to Wayne and Jill’s daytime swimming and BBQ and RV hosting, we would like to add a dinner Saturday evening at the Jewelry store building (assuming it is still not leased out instead). We propose that it be pot luck and feature maybe a few activities or presentations that will be light in scope. The calls we received expressed a thoughtful interest in holding the easy going dinner at the jewelry store building as it holds a dear place in many of our hearts.

So, expressing apologies for the confusion and drama, we, Don’s Kids, now invite you to activities as Wayne and Jill outlined in their email PLUS a dinner and evening at the Sahara Jewelry store on June 19th to start at 5pm.

It would be extremely helpful if you let us know if and how many of you will be attending. We know it will be a great pleasure to get together and visit one more time.

Thank you in advance for your timely and thoughtful replies,

Love, The Kids of Don

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MJ Christensen Family Reunion

The Christensen Reunion is Saturday June 19, 2010. Our uncles have agreed to let us use the old MJC jewelry store on E. Sahara for our reunion. The committee is so excited to go to a place that has such family history and memories. The show cases are still there, so they are asking each family to bring pictures and “favorite things” of all our moms and our dear grandma Hazel, who we will be honoring this year. We plan to start the festivities Saturday, June 19th at 10am with games, visiting, getting to know each other things, etc.

If you come into town on Friday, we are organizing a swimming party at Wayne’s home and maybe even a family temple session.  Lunch has been assigned to the families of Carl and Adele. In the afternoon, the Olympics (anyone have a ping pong table and/or a small pool table), jewelry making , the famous Diamond clip, more visiting, puzzles, picture taking, dress-up, preparation of skits, and many more fun things. Dinner has been assigned to the families of Vern and Paul followed by skits, the presentation of “Hazel…this is your life” and a goodbye dance and hoedown.

If you know you are coming, we need a count of how many people plan to attend as soon as possible. However, please come even if you don’t sign up. It will be loads of fun and you will be missed if you are not there.

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Distribution of book Marcus Joy Christensen: His Ancestors

Of the 200 books ordered we have about 60 that are not currently reserved. They are going fast. If you would like a copy of this fabulous book ($41 + $4 postage), please contact this site or go directly to Adele Matthews to order. The pdfs from the book will be posted on this site for download, but there is no way you would be able to duplicate the quality of this hard-bound book. We will not be re-printing. Now is the time to order. It would make a perfect Christmas or New Year’s present. We would like to pay off our publication debt soon. Financial contributions to further the work are also accepted.

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MJ Christensen: His Ancestors

A book of this title will be going to press this month. The deadline to order one is October 1, 2009. The book is 705 pages, hard-bound, includes personal histories of 12 ancestors of MJ and a chapter of genealogical information. Subjects of the histories are C.N. Christensen, Anna Cathrine Jorgensen, Edith Lenora Rushton, Axel Christensen, Ane Marie Nielsen, Ingre Sophia Olson, Asmus Jorgensen, Anna Britta Anderson, Harriet Andrina Sandberg, Anna Laura Lamb, Josephina Olson, and Anna Beata Andreason. Many illustrations and documents are included. It has a complete index, table of contents and list of illustrations. We anticipate the price to be about $50 depending on the number of orders we receive. Email Adele Matthews or Joy Stubbs or post a comment to this post to order.

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LDS General Conference April 2009

“Learning the lessons of the past allows you to walk boldly in the light without running the risk of stumbling in the darkness. This is the way it’s supposed to work. This is God’s plan: father and mother, grandfather and grandmother teaching their children; children learning from them and then becoming a more righteous generation through their own personal experiences and opportunities. Learning the lessons of the past allows you to build personal testimony on a solid bedrock of obedience, faith, and the witness of the Spirit.

“Of course, it’s not enough to learn these lessons as a matter of history and culture. Learning the names and dates and sequence of events from the printed page won’t help you very much unless the meaning and the message are written in your hearts. Nourished by testimony and watered with faith, the lessons of the past can take root in your hearts and become a vibrant part of who you are” (Elder Russell M. Ballard, “Learning the Lessons of the Past”).

These words mean so much to me because they are exactly my experience. I love to read about, think about, write about my ancestors and other family members. They have given me so much. They have paved the way for me to be who I am today.

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C.N. Christensen pamphlet–Order now!

The pamphlet that C.N. Christensen wrote and published to give to his Temple Square contacts and his family members is now available as a reproduction reprint. This short pamphlet contains stories from C.N.’s life, mostly from his missionary days 1900-1901 in Denmark.

To order, contact Adele Matthews by email, or else Joy or Beth. You may also submit a request to this website. The cost is $2.00 per book, which includes mailing.

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Little bit o’ Elijah myself

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Searchable Family Trees

With the help of Jill, Joy and Beth, we are slowly being able to take advantage of the data that has been compiled into a digital family tree, called a “gedcom” file. Using the tools included in a very innovative software called Ancestral Quest, we have been able to produce HTML versions of the ancestral family trees for Hazel and MJ. The pedigrees are now accessible through the “Pedigrees” link on the navigation bar, or by clicking here. On the “Pedigrees” page, there is a link to the ancestral tree of MJ, and the ancestral tree of Hazel. For those who have registered to use the site, we have also made available a download of the gedcom file containing this data. Registered users may browse to the download link, by using the “Member Content” link on the navigation bar, or by clicking here. If you have not had a chance to register for use of the member content, you may do so here.

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Getting to know M.J.

As I have had the opportunity to work on this site, I have had such a peculiar experience. Being a great-grandchild of M.J.’s I only had the privilege to meet him a scarce few times, in the flesh. I do have some fond memories of visiting the Christensen home in Las Vegas, which I hope to organize and post at a later date. But for the most part, my great grandfather was just a cool white-haired guy with a pool and player piano, who we would visit when we were in Vegas. I remember being sad when he passed away. Other than that, I really didn’t know much else about him, except that he was a jeweler. Since I have been working with my mother and aunts on this site, my intrigue has grown exponentially. It started when we were adding the first batch of pictures. I was thinking what a stylish dresser M.J. was. Over the weekend Annalee added the first part of the M.J.’s written history. As I was going through to paginate it, I couldn’t help but read it. I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I have read this story, since my mother previously gifted me a hard copy of the book, containing the same text. It was almost like reading the first part of an extremely captivating serial novel (except with much more personal sentiment). I cannot wait to learn more about my heritage. I just want to say thank you, once again to those who worked so diligently to compile all of the material that will eventually be on this site. I’m loving it! For those descendants of M.J. who have not yet had a chance to read his self-titled “memoirs,” I strongly recommend that you take a peek.

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