Obtaining permission to do temple work
Requesting permission to do work for Donald L. Taylor, Sr, and his wife Betty Jean Dow. While in high school I was a very close friend of their son, Donald Lee Taylor, Jr. Donnie was not a member of the church but continually asked about the church and most especially about the Temple. In his junior year in high school he passed away from an aggressive cancer that started in his arm. It was especially devastating for his family because Donnie was an only child. After his passing I spent a great deal of time with his parents, at their request. I believe it was because in some way I was a connection to their son.
Fast forward to approx 20 years after his passing, Donnie came many times asking for his work to be done. Finally we were given permission to do his work which was completed by my husband, Larry R. Beebe. After the work was completed my husband felt that Donnie spoke with him and thanked him for doing his work and that he was really happy.
Fast forward again, about two weeks ago, we again felt Donnie's presence and the message was "he wanted his family to be sealed together." This occurred several days. It was very clear they needed the work to be done. I knew that his father had passed away, I believe in 2012, but understood his mother was still living. However, through the persistence and encouragement we received, I started o search for information on his mother, and surprisingly found an Obituary of her death, August 2020. I began to understand the message they were sending.
We then corrected the living statement to deceased. With the information that we knew, it amazed me to see how quickly it linked the family of Donald L Taylor, Betty Jean Dow and son Donald Lee Taylor, Jr to the Dow families. What a moment that was and continues to be the most amazing experience I have had in Family Search. Larry and I felt we had done the process for relatives being able to find them and doing the work.
However, the encouragement continues from the other side of the veil. So I thought, I am going to see if there is any relationship connecting to them. I could not believe it, My husband is a relative of Betty Jean Dow (12th cousin) and the Dow family through the lineage of his father, Lauren Dwight Beebe. Could not believe it. Then this morning, I checked to see if there was a connection to Donald L Taylor. To my great surprise, they are connected again by my husband (11th cousin twice removed) through his father's line, Lauren Dwight Beebe.
Donald L Taylor and Betty Jean Dow had no other children and we have not been able to find any close relatives. My husband and I are asking for permission to do the temple work for Donald Lee Taylor, Sr and his wife Betty Jean Dow with the family sealing of Donald Lee Taylor, Jr.
Thank you for your help,
Alice L. Beebe