Living by the scriptures

But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man. Wo unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them. — Doctrine and Covenants 60:2

My great-grandmother Sarah Edwards came to America from Wales in the 1800s to marry her boyfriend, who had immigrated a year earlier. At that time neither she nor her family were members of the Church. About 50 years ago, I decided to try to find the family she had left there. After some time, I was successful in finding two families. In 1991 my husband and I visited Wales and were able to meet one cousin, her son David and his wife. It was a joyful experience to have them take us around to the various homes and areas where our family had lived.

In June of 2004 I went back to Wales with a BYU tour. Unfortunately, David and his wife were on vacation and we were not able to meet again. However, he suggested that I call another cousin, John Edwards, and see if he could meet with me.

Upon arriving in Cardiff, I called. Mrs. Edwards was willing to meet with me in Merthyr Tydfil the next day. I was hesitant to tell her that we would be at Church, since some people are somewhat taken back when they find out you are a Church member doing genealogy. Then the scripture from Doctrine and Covenants 60:2 came to mind, "But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths . . . because of the fear of man."

After a short discussion with our Welsh guide, I called Mrs. Edwards back and asked her to meet me at the Mormon Church in Merthyr Tydfil.

They came to the Church that morning and we had a wonderful conversation for over two hours, ending with a tour of the building. I am so grateful that I didn't decide to meet them elsewhere. It was a perfect setting. — Kareen Knight, Idaho Falls, Idaho

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