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)


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


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

  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.

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

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

  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.


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