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Monday, August 16, 2010

A Call from Enoch

On Saturday, August 7th, 2010, I drove up to the Greencastle Sportsmen's Association annual oxroast, something which I've enjoyed participating in ever since I was just a little boy, living with my parents and little sister on Ridge Avenue in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

As I drove northwest of Greencastle on Williamson Road to the oxroast, I noticed a small sign pointing down a side road to the Enoch Brown memorial.

I remembered my late Dad telling me long ago about how Enoch Brown and his students were killed "by Indians" during colonial pioneer days. Shrugging it off as just an old but interesting bit of childhood historical lore, I continued on to the oxroast.

Returning home with a tummy full of savory oxroast, the sign again seemed to beckon to me, so I turned up that old country lane and then down Enoch Brown Road to the memorial and gravesite. There I learned that Enoch Brown and his eleven students were massacred (scalped) on July 27th, 1764, during the Pontiac War, and before we ever had become an independent nation.

I found all of this interesting, and then began the drive back home.
During that drive, thoughts about the need for Temple work to be done for Enoch and his students began to press strongly upon my mind, but, surely, I thought, this work had long ago been done by local Latter-day Saints.

Even so, those thoughts persisted.

So on Saturday evening, August 14th, 2010, I returned to the gravesite memorial and wrote down all the available names and information, vowing to confirm with the LDS "Family Search" website that the Temple work on their behalf actually had been done and putting this troubling unease of mine to rest.

Using the library computer in Williamsport, Maryland on Monday morning, August 16th, 2010, it amazed me to find no record of Temple ordinance requests ever being submitted on behalf of Enoch and his students.

Then the purpose of those persistent promptings finally became clear to me.

So, I immediately submitted those Temple Ordinance requests.

Thank you, Enoch, for your call to me.

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