I have spent most of week and last weekend doing public affairs, my calling in our church.
We spent this weekend training our (Boston, Hartford and New England) coordinating councils public affairs teams from Maine to Rhode Island with special guests, Elder Grant Bennett and North American North East public affairs director, Erin Enke Hadley! We were privileged to have Marcus Faust in Boston to speak and inspire our directors, stake presidents and specialists!
I saw plenty of reasons this past week to believe that God is in the details of our lives not just in the training and the inspiration we received but especially what happened after.
One of the amazing personal things that came out of the weekend was this little family history moment- Miracle #1
You won’t believe this story….I met a long, lost cousin we are related to in Boston, he is an assistant LDS public affairs director in Boston and a dentist hailing from a British family.
His grandfather is Thomas Leroy Draper (11/of 12 children) brother to Charles Henry Draper- our grandfather/greatgrand (3rd oldest of 12 children). Thomas’s daughter married an Englishman and now their son lives in Boston. Thomas Draper lived in Ogden, Utah and knew my parents.
Good to have family on the East Coast now! Even better to connect with relatives in our family tree that we didn’t know existed.
We are going to meet and talk family history with his parents. I can’t wait!
His Facebook page immediately linked me to this group of family history and it happened to be my family.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/106982896005212/ which had a ton of uploads of photos we have added to Family Search and blogs….nice to see our work out there for others to share.
It is always amazing how connections are made and then to find that it is your long, lost cousin from England.
Family History Miracle #2
That led me to digging around on Family Search checking out my ancestors last night and I randomly selected a line to follow and stumbled upon a whole family who needed temple work done. One of the biggest reasons that we do family history work.
In this pioneer stock family that is a rare occasion to find someone, but I would not have taken the time to look had we not met this “new cousin” this past weekend.
This experience for me is really about small miracles and tender mercies in the details of our lives.
It was just a weekend of discoveries that I would never imagine we would be blessed to find. Two small miracles just waiting to happen. It pays to be in the right place at the right time!
For my non member church friends…who may be confused what I am talking about.
1. You can learn why we do Family History work here in a one minute video!
2. What is a calling?
“In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a “calling” is a position or assignment in which members have been asked to serve or perform. Members are called of God to serve each other, and all callings are important. Callings are voluntary, are issued by the proper authority, and are usually for a few years.”