Kings and Slaves Sealings
A remarkable event occurred in May 2012. For Mother’s Day May 12th and for my 67th birthday May 19th, I told my children I didn’t want any presents or big hoop-lahs. Instead I wanted as many as possible to come with Jerry and me to the Draper Temple on a Saturday morning and do sealings. I had been able to find several hundred ancestors on new FamilySearch and needed to get the work done for them, and sealings being the last ordinances performed, had build up in my ordinance file.
My oldest daughter couldn’t go that Saturday morning, so she met me the previous Friday and we got special permission to each do 15 Initiatories. But that Saturday morning, each of my 4 sons were able to come, and all but one of them brought their wives. So it really was a family affair, and it was really nice.
The interesting thing that happened was whose names we were doing. As part of my missionary service in the Family History Department I was assigned to a special project with the Merovingian Kings in Data Quality. Using the best sources the Church could acquire, I discovered that Clodio (b. 395 AD, Westphalia, Prussia) and his son Merovee (b. 415 AD, Westphalia) had not been sealed to their correct wives. So my employee adviser, Charmaine Roper, when she printed out the sealing to spouse cards, let me be able to do the work for them. So I had sealing cards for these two kings of the Frankish Kingdom, the founders of the nation of France.
But I also had cards for a couple of African Americans, - Linnie Mae Horne Wells and her husband, Jesse James Wells. Mrs. Wells helped my mom raise us three children when mom went to work for my dad to help out. Mrs. Wells’ husband’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wells (abt 1850, United States) were black African slaves, assuredly. I don’t remember his parents’ names. But it was Jesse’s grandparents.
Anyway, my sons got to do the sealing work for two important, ancient kings and two fairly recent black slaves. It was indeed a lesson to me that when the Lord says that they “had all things in common,” it most certainly means, among other things, that all people, Kings or Slaves, are equal in the blessings of the Gospel and with temple ordinance blessings distributed equally.
Interestingly I think that this is more true than that we would all have the same intelligences, talents, or gifts. We might have similar mansions that “He has gone to prepare ... for us.” But then, we probably wouldn’t all decorate them the same way. Artists would fill their mansions with their own artwork, and musicians with their music, etc. So we might not have all material things in common, including clothing, hair styles, body shapes, etc. But regarding the exalting temple blessings, Oh Yeah!
cathy anderegg Page 1 11/30/14