Wait, we are related?

Posted By Elder Dakota Summers on Aug 3, 2017 | 1 comment


It seems like everything happens near the end of the week but this week was pretty sweet. We had a Zone conference on Wednesday that was combined with two other Zones so I got to see a lot of people I served around in past areas which was awesome.

It was the first time on my mission that our MTC group was all together again in the same spot usually we are missing one person. I’ll attach a picture of all of us so you can see how much weight they are losing, notice I said they, I’m the only one that hasn’t changed haha. 

One of the new focuses that our mission is having is on Family History and how awesome it is! This whole week we have been talking to people about their family history and how important it is and how easy it can be to find out our family history! On Sunday our whole church service was on family history and people shared a lot of touching stories from things they have found just looking into their history.

A cool thing that someone showed us was on the family search app, under the more option, you can scan for relatives near you and what it will do is if someone is on the family search app it will go through their family tree and find out how you are related!! We found out that Elder Merritt and I are 10th Cousins, the Bishop is my 11th cousin once removed, the first councilor in the bishopric is my 10th cousin, and A few other members range from my 9th cousin to my 11th cousin! How awesome is that!!

After church everyone was going around trying to see if people were related to each other which was hilarious to see, I suggested we all take a family photo because of how many people I was related to it was almost like a family reunion.

Now it’s a testament to a few things, one is that we are all brothers and sisters some how because we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. I love the scripture in 1 Nephi 11:17  that says “And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.”

We aren’t going to understand everything but the base line knowledge we do have is that God loves us and knows each of us. The second testament that this has is that I am in the right place, the Lord doesn’t just call you to do something for no reason, there is a purpose for every thing you do and a person everywhere you go that needs to hear something from you specifically.

That’s one of the biggest eye opening things for me when I came out on a mission, I started to see that every single day I see someone that the Lord has placed in my path to talk to, and it’s not just for missionary work, I wished I noticed this before my mission because it’s a constant thing in everyone’s life that is commonly passed over.

There is a power, a light, a personality, whatever you want to call it! That EVERYONE HAS! And it’s something that needs to be shared and expressed. Someone in your day needs to experience it!! We have unique trials, they are given to us to learn but for others to learn as well.

A few weeks ago some one told us something that I thought was very profound, they said “When you die you leave an emotion in someone, that emotion can change someone’s life. Only you can make a person feel that way.  You need to make sure you’re leaving positive emotions in a person’s life, because that emotion will carry on.”

Each of us is unique in our own way for specific reasons and for specific people. Take a look at the people around you every once and a while, see how you can help, see who God placed in your path that day, because I can promise you there is someone you need to meet every day who needs your help.

We are all a great and eternal family, and I love each of you. I hope you have a wonderful week! Maybe do some family history and see what you find(:

Love,

Elder Summers

1 Comment

  1. Hi elder Summers
    Love that your mission is focusing on family history! I will pass on the app idea to our Relief Society looking for a fun way to get the sisters involved in family search. As area temple and family history advisors we are to support and motivate priesthood leaders on the Find Take Teach method of doing family history…. and statistics support the idea that converts who are taught how to find their ancestors and take them to the temple have a higher rate of retention. Family history is so fun and I love helping people find their roots! Have a great week Dakota! We love you!!

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