George Cornell, longtime religion editor of the Associated Press, took a closer look at his heritage when President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency, presented him on Feb. 22 with his family history compiled by the Church Family History Department.

"He was delighted by the gift and had a keen interest in his family roots," President Monson remarked. "In George Cornell's family history, one of his forebears made a statement of the reality of the resurrection. A hush fell over the room as Mr. Cornell read that statement."In his long tenure as Associated Press religion editor, Cornell has covered many matters pertaining to the Church.

"He has always balanced his stories in such a way that the Church was treated fairly," added Bruce L. Olsen, managing director of public affairs for the Church. He accompanied President Monson on the visit.