Friday, February 6, 2015

DNA Serendipity in Michigan

This week’s story of serendipity is for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While all are welcome to read it, it only seems miraculous if you believe the Church is led by prophecy and revelation.

Christopher Burton, a member of the Church living in Utah, related a story of serendipity and DNA.

imageMore than 20 years after I returned home from serving in the Michigan Lansing Mission, my neighbor invited me to take a DNA test offered by the family history company he worked for. I had been adopted and had no idea of my biological ancestry. As far as I knew, my children were the only blood relatives I had ever seen, so the invitation appealed to me.[1]

Read his story on pages 70-72 of the January 2015 Ensign (a publication for members of the Church).

If you don’t have a printed copy, download a PDF here. (25.2 MB)


Sources

     1.  Christopher Burton, “Why Michigan?” Ensign, January 2015, 70-2.
     The pull quote image is taken from the same source.

5 comments:

  1. Things like this happen to everybody, no matter their religion. Or lack of same.

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  2. I enjoyed this story and I am not LDS. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. While looking through the publication, I came across another really wonderful story on page 76. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. It is a beautiful story whether you credit a higher power or some kind of inexplicable ancestral/genetic pull.

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  3. Great story! The Lord works in mysterious ways!

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  4. The one on page 76 almost sounds like an epigenetic memory CeCe.

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  5. That is so insane that thy now do family history with DNA testing. I have never done a lot of family history, but it would be interesting to find out if I have any of the same disorders that my ancestors had. Genetic disorders are pretty common in my family tree, so it is probably something that I should check out. http://www.courtagen.com

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