It’s a Small World (After All), LDS style

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (AKA the “Mormons” or “LDS”) has over 13 million members and nearly 29,000 congregations (wards) worldwide. One would think I could move to the furthest edge of the continent and not run into people who know your family, right? I mean, come on. Thirteen million people, 2200 miles, and who knows how many congregations between me and your adoptive family there should be a bit of distance, right? RIGHT????



Of all the wards in all the world, I had to move into the ONE ward in which the Bishop is best friends with your brother-in-law. Seriously.

*bigger sigh*

I am too tired right now to explain how this curious coincidence was uncovered but suffice it to say, “Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide, it’s a small small world.”


5 thoughts on “It’s a Small World (After All), LDS style

  1. That would have been both freaky and painful. Wow. Life sure is full of strange coincidences.

    One of my best friends when I was growing up in St. Louis lived with her mother and stepfather. Her father lived in Mississippi with his second wife and children, and every summer she’d go to Oxford. When I met my brother, turns out he’s long-time friends with my friend’s brother in Mississippi and my friend met my brother long ago, back in the 80’s even. So I was one degree separated from him, all those years.

    Hugs and love to you.

  2. How Weird. My older son found out by listening to a classmate talk on the school bus that the kid was my daughter’s brother. So, they actually have the same sister.

    • It is oddly reassuring to hear of your experience (as well as Kara’s). I don’t know why, but at some deep level it makes me feel less…weird? Abnormal? Alone? I can’t put my finger on it right now, but for some reason knowing I am not the only one out in adoptee land that had this kind of experience makes me feel better.

  3. Oh, yes. Definitely a small world.

    My two younger sons actually attended the same school as my oldest son’s (the one I lost to adoption) adoptive cousin for awhile. Her father was actually my son’s adoptive mother’s brother – if that makes sense.

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