Mormon Names

I have fallen in love with the Mormons’ names,
Ernesto Saenz and Young Adcock . . .

Stephen Vincent Benet should have gone with the youth to do baptism for the dead.

He didn’t have that chance, not being Mormon in this life, but I did, last night. I was a witness, and while I was I got to thinking about the names.

Benet’s poem American Names, which I linked above, is about the particularity of place. You don’t fall in love with locale. You fall in love with particular locales.

Likewise, the particular names of baptism for the dead are a testament that God does not love mankind. No, he does not love mankind. He loves each individual man and woman, each in their own little history and identity. Each with their particular name. Christ did not die to save us. He died to save me and you.

Cross-posted from the Junior Ganymede.

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About Adam Greenwood

The Greenwoods--Adam Hartley and Sara Elizabeth--live with their daughters in Portland, Oregon. Adam Hartley Greenwood comes from a line of several Adam Hartley Greenwoods, going back to William Greenwood and his wife Ann Hartley who joined the church in Liverpool during the 1840s. The Greenwood line settled in northeastern Arizona, near the White Mountains. Adam is related to most any Mormon from Nutrioso, Springerville, or Eagar, AZ, or Luna or Ramah, NM. Adam particularly cherishes the memory of Jacob Hamblin, the peacemaker, and Elijah Carter, the half-Choctaw orphan boy who grew up to be Sheriff, dying in the line of duty. Adam is also descended from the Williams of Mesa, AZ, and through them from Abraham Hunsaker. Sara Elizabeth descends on her mother's side from Willard Richards and Lot Smith, and also has ties to northeastern Arizona. On her father's side she comes from several generations of Presbyterian missionaries to China and Japan.

3 thoughts on “Mormon Names

  1. Once again, brilliantly short, and yet brilliantly to the point, yet very spiritual. If I were Joseph Smith, I would appoint YOU, sir, as second editor of the Times and Seasons in Nauvoo. Truly the boggers/editors of the Millennial Star are prophetic. Keep it up :)

  2. Adam, I did the endowments for a man born in 35 AD in Hong Kong a few years back. A Chinese man whose name I don’t remember. Mormons have all kinds of names. :)

  3. What is really beautiful to me is that a man dies in Germany, say in 1896. No one ever speaks his name again until June, 2011 in a Temple. How lovely for that man. He is spoken of with others hearing his name and caring about him.

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