So yesterday I was hanging out after church waiting for my Elder’s Quorum President to finish his business so my companion and I could home teach him. So I was waiting there, talking with some friends, and one of them discovered that she was related to another guy there in the foyer, who she had never met before. Anyone had this experience before: you’re talking to some random stranger and then discover that you’re second cousins? It’s happened to me a couple of times.
The world is small, and the Mormon world is even smaller. Surely I have some friends and relatives out there in the Mormon blogosphere, who I haven’t even met. So I am going to do a little trolling. I am going to list a bunch of possible small-world connection points, and see if any of us are connected.
So if you’re a second cousin, long lost roommate, friend of a friend, or my future wife sent back from the future in cybernetic form to kill me and save humanity, drop a line in the comments here. I’ll send an Elvis postcard to the person with most unexpected small-world connection.
POSSIBLE POINTS OF CONNECTION:
My father is David Emer Payne, son of John W Payne of Mountain View, Alberta, Canada. His mother was Sara Harris, born in Colonia Juarez, and was half-sister to Franklin Harris of HFAC fame.
My mother is Grettle Owen Haglund Payne, daughter of Richard F. Haglund (first stake president in Iowa) and Grettle Owen Shaw, born in Garland, Utah. I am related to all the Haglunds you know.
My family has lived in the following places: Iowa City, Iowa; Reykjavik, Iceland; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Metairie, Louisiana; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Springfield, Illinois; Emporia, Kansas; Huntsville, Texas.
My sister Sara is married to Columbia law school grad and Nevada native Adam Anderson, and they recently moved from Manhattan to Mesa, AZ. My brother Samuel lives with his wife and former computer science TA Mollie Madsen in San Diego. My brother Daniel is deaf and builds houses in the Phoenix area. My brother James is married to the lovely and talented Regent Herrera, a Philippine-American from Virginia. My baby brother David is on a Spanish-speaking mission in Anaheim, and spent a year of high school living in Siegen, Germany. All of us attended BYU.
That should be p-lenty.