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The Written Word in LDS Culture

When I married into the Lewis family, I became part of a family tradition known as the weekly family letter. Each family (and there were a lot of families) sent around a regular update. This is how we learned about new church callings, new babies, small moments and big events. It’s also how I memorized the names of my husband’s 10 living aunts and uncles and his 66 first cousins.

My own family doesn’t write family letters, but while I was in college, my dad sent me a weekly newspaper clipping, perhaps from the New York Times or Wall Street Journal, something he thought I would find interesting. Attached was a small note with a brief family update and a hello.

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