Prior to the dedication of the Brigham City Utah Temple, President Kent Davis, stake president of the Willard Utah Stake, challenged his stake members to find one name to take to the temple. He wanted to increase interest in temple activity and encourage family history study at the same time. The youth, young adults, Bishops and High Priest group leaders were involved.
Stake Family History Specialists were called to help stake members meet this goal. One ward gathered over 1000 names and prepared for more than 5000 ordinances. This challenge resulted in the preparation of 3287 individual names for the temple and many wonderful family history experiences. Following is one example of the spiritual experiences stake members enjoyed.
We are Brother John and Sister Connie Seamons. We recently returned from serving 18 months in the New York, New York, North mission. Toward the end of our mission we received a call from sweet Sister Estelle Weed asking us to come and get a thirteen page document she was sure we would want.
She presented us with a photocopy of an old document prepared by Jordan Seaman dated January, 1800. It showed the descendants of Captain John Seaman of Hempstead, New York. Captain John Seaman came to America in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet. She was sure we were related. Even though we were not sure it would impact our family, we were glad to keep the copy for later research. Our mission taught us “there are no coincidences.” We promptly forgot about the whole incident and filed the papers away.
We now serve in the Brigham City Family History Center. One afternoon a Sister Bette Millaway called us and inquired if we were related to Captain John Seaman. Betty sounded very disappointed when we told her that we didn’t think we were. However, Connie remembered the photocopied documents given to us in New York and described them to the sister. She became very excited so Connie dug out the document and made a copy. Betty was absolutely thrilled. She felt this would be key to opening up her family history research.
A few weeks later, Sister Catherine Price in the Willard Stake introduced herself to us. She asked if we were related to Captain John Seaman. I was confused. How could two different sisters be asking about the same information we thought so insignificant. We told her about the documents we had copied for another woman just a few weeks earlier. She came to our home that afternoon and copied the thirteen pages. She was so happy she almost skipped down the walk to her car.
How was it possible that a few copied pages of an old family history document given to us in New York, which we summarily dismissed, and almost lost in our piles of stuff, could answer the prayers of two families in our little community of Brigham City (Willard Stake), Utah? The spirit of Elijah truly is at work on the face of the earth in our day. There are no coincidences!!!