|Posted by Michael Patterson on September 29, 2014 at 10:40 PM|
Geneaogy has always had a special place in my family. My great-grandfather passionately believed that in order to usher in the second coming, the saints needed to hasten the work for the dead. He lived with this conviction. The last 20 years of his life in retirement were spent immersed in the world of genealogy. In increments of 2 to 3 hours at a time, Glen Patterson would spend between 8-10 hours daily doing name extraction. Shortly prior to his death he received an award for his outstanding service in the church. He was the leading name extractor in the state of Arizona, and had over the course of his life contribueted more than 1 million names to the church's system. I have always been inspired by his example. Although to many he appeared just another old man who loved his golf, I am witness to his service and inspired by the difference he was able to make in the Lord's work.