My youngest cousin had his mission farewell a Sunday or two ago. My mom called to tell me about it, asking if she remembered when he was blessed at that same Church 19 years ago. I was in college then and I did remember going to the blessing. It was very exciting--he is a twin and I think most of us knew that these young grand babies would be the last of their generation in a very large family. At the time, their parents weren't active in the church and my dad did the blessings.
Because I have no filter, I felt strongly impressed to bear my testimony that day. I spoke about the miracle of children (I was studying childbirth in a physiology class at the time; I had no direct experience) and the joy of family. I quoted this scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants:
"And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be couple with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy."
I know, I know it was 19 years ago . . . what a ridiculous thing to remember! Well, I didn't remember, not really, not the details anyway. But for some reason my mom did and when she told me about it the other day I thought back to that time. My mom said it stood out to her powerfully because when I was finished, my aunt (the twins' mother), tears streaming down her face said to my mom, "She said exactly what I would have said had I been able to.
In my cousin's farewell meeting, a little less than 19 years later, a high councilman spoke after my cousin finished. He commented on the enormous number of people/family at the meeting (these boys are still the pride and joy of a large family and their community to boot) using the same scripture. This time, my aunt, tears streaming down her face said to my mom, "Who would have thought, 19 years ago, that I would send TWO sons on a mission?" His twin brother is currently serving in Spain.
My mom had one of those profound moments when everything feels like it comes full circle. I wish I had been there. Sending my love out into the universe today; I hope it lands on something that needs it.