Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Family History Mission: Life Intervenes

No. 40

Note: You can do a Google search for "A Family History Mission James Tanner" to see all the previous posts in this ongoing series. You can also search for "James Tanner genealogy" and find them.

In my last post, I mentioned that we were on our way to Georgia to help take care of some complications with the birth of a granddaughter. Here is a photo of me holding baby Ruby, our 34th grandchild. You might also note my computer. This is a very typical situation. I am writing while talking and helping take care of family. We are grateful for the opportunity to help. Mother and new baby are doing fine. The family would have been in a major crisis without our help. I have helped read to the children, clean up some of the things that needed cleaning and helped when I can. My wife, Ann, has done the majority of caring for the baby and helping our daughter-in-law recover as much as possible.

This situation brings up an interesting aspect of serving as a Senior Missionary. There are situations when it is possible to briefly leave your mission location and help with family members or attend some special occasions. This depends, of course, on the missionaries' responsibilities. Some types of missions would be more restrictive than others. In our case, working the Maryland State Archives, we have other missionaries that can "cover" for us and continue operating "our" camera. We are blest to have these wonderful missionary couples as "companions" in our work. Not all missionaries would have this same ability to take care of this kind of emergency.

In addition, we did have to notify and obtain permission from our Mission President, who likewise had to notify the Area Authority Seventy of the situation. This is all done for liability purposes. But it illustrates the flexibility that exists currently with Senior Missionary assignments.

We are grateful that we could help our son and daughter and there now four children. They are busy young family and it has been interesting to help the children get ready from school, do their homework, fix dinners, wash clothes and do all the things needed to keep the family operational.

We will return soon to Annapolis and be back to work. 

1 comment:

  1. congratulations
    I all travel out of Georgia is being routed through SLC with a mandatory stop at the Salt Palace.