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A fortuitous error

A FORTUITOUS ERROR

WHEN I WENT TO THE ST. GEORGE TEMPLE TO RECEIVE MY ENDOWMENTS IN NOVEMBER 1982, MY ELDERLY AUNTS - THE ONLY SURVIVING RELATIVES ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE - DIDN'T AGREE WITH ME THAT MY BROTHER ROBERT ARNOLD JONES HAD LIVED. THEY SAID ALL MY MOTHER'S CHILDREN EXCEPT ME HAD BEEN STILLBORN.

I WAS ONLY 2 1/2 YEARS OLD WHEN ROBERT WAS BORN, BUT WAS CERTAIN I HAD SEEN HIM IN MY MOTHER'S ARMS WHILE SHE WAS LYING IN BED AND HAD HEARD HIM CRY. THUS, I HAD US BOTH SEALED TO OUR PARENTS, WHO ARE DECEASED.Years later, I sent to Nevada for Robert's death certificate. He was born July 9, 1928.

I checked the mail every day, waiting for the letter that would verify my memory. When it finally arrived I was very upset, as they had sent me the death certificate of my older brother, Ray Arnold Jones Jr., born Nov. 1, 1924. I muttered, "Now I'll have to wait six more weeks!"

Then, I noticed he had lived 10 minutes! What a blessing it was. Had I not been sent the wrong certificate, very likely my brother would never have been sealed to our parents. I believed he was stillborn.

I then sent again for Robert's certificate and I was correct. He lived for two hours. I was blessed to retain this memory for 57 years.

There was one more child in our family, Helen Marie Jones, born Aug. 21, 1929. She was born prematurely by Caesarian section, and though her gestation was approximately 6-6 1/2 months, she also lived 15 minutes.

I had believed her to be stillborn also. But due to finding out about Ray and Robert, I decided to send for her certificate and discovered this information. As the sealing was done for Ray and Helen, I knew without a doubt that these are spirits who really wanted this ordinance done.

Needless to say, I consider it a great blessing that now all four of us are sealed to our parents.

Last year, I was able to place a memorial tablet on their graves in the Ely Cemetery in Ely, Nev.

Discovering this information is a strong testimony to me that our Heavenly Father will provide a way for us to do the temple ordinances for our kindred dead. - Betty Lou House, Long Beach (Calif.) 4th Ward.

(Another in a series of "Family History Moments." Illustration by Deseret News artist Reed McGregor.)

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