Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It’s a Small World After All....

“There is just one moon,
And one golden sun.
And a smile means,
Friendship to every one.
Though the mountains divide,
And the oceans are wide,
It’s a small world after all.” lyrics by Richard & Robert Sherman

In church settings we often use the Disney “it’s a small world” phrase since the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon proximity game is so easy to play. Someone knows someone whose sister dated someone who served their mission with your boyfriend, etc. etc. (you get the idea).

But, what are the odds that our cousin Alex Olsen (serving his mission in Armenia, an impoverished country that is home to very few church members) would run across an old photo of Webb (while serving his mission in Russia)? When Alex emailed this picture straight from a member’s home in Armenia, this connection felt pretty “wow!” to me.

It turns out that Elder Olsen was at the home of some stalwart Armenian members whose daughter (pictured in far left of the photo) was a sister missionary in St. Petersburg when Webb served there. I happen to think it’s a pretty cool coincidence that Elder Olsen was shown some random pictures that happened to include his cousin Webb. Seriously, what are the odds?

If this scenario played out it Utah (or even California) it wouldn’t be that unlikely but for Alex to come across a missionary photo of Webb in Armenia when Webb has never been to Armenia is kind of wild. At least I think so.

And, I may be biased (and the picture is a little blurry), but I think Elder Knudsen looks adorable!