Note from Mom:
We received this surprise email from Sister Worthen...
Dear Stafford family,
My husband Rodger and I live in Syracuse, UT . We were in Boston for business and decided to travel to the church sites. We were too tired to continue and went to the Monticello, NY branch.
Your son sat by me during sacrament, I noticed his name and wanted to know a bit more....that he didn't know....through chatting he said you are waiting on a picture for his plaque. So I said lets do it...
If you don't like it I understand, but he looks good, is doing well and things seem to be moving along in the work of the Lord.
I will send separate email with the pic....if you send me your cell number, I will send it to your phone.
Now for the question I asked him...I was adopted by my dad at age 5...my biological father was Edward Michael Stafford. His parents were Richard and Cecil Stafford. They lived in Ketchum Idaho, but I don't know where they come from, who is left or what family they may have had. I do know that Mike passed away in El Paso Texas. His parents are passed. I don't have any other info, just curious if there was a connection.
Have a great week....
Here is the email and picture she sent to us to put on his plaque on the missionary wall of the church. We ended up using a different one, but that was awfully nice of her to do that.
Dear Stafford Family,
It was enjoyable to meet your son in Monticello, New York. He was so nice and interested in our visit to the branch in which he is serving. You all should be very proud of such a nice and gracious young man. He is doing very well.
It was also nice to speak via the phone the other night.
This was the reply email we sent back to Sister Worthen:
What a surprise to receive your email! How exciting for us to hear that you were able to sit by our son Cade (Elder Stafford) in Sacrament meeting when you went to the branch in Monticello. We are all SO jealous!! Cade is our first child to serve a mission and so this has been a new and exciting experience for our family. We are all so very proud of him and his decision to serve the Lord yet we all miss him terribly. I can't tell you how grateful I am to you for taking his picture that Sunday. I've been trying since he began his mission a few months ago to get him to do that but the little stinker still hadn't done it. Thanks for coming to my rescue! As far as your biological father, I shared your story with my husband and, unfortunately, he isn't aware of any connection there unless by chance he happens to be a distant cousin or something that hasn't been traced yet in his family history. So there still might be a possibility but we just don't know it yet. We will definitely keep your name and email address in our contacts if by chance we should find out more information in the future. It's been a pleasure "talking" to someone who actually spoke with our son, Cade. Our family talks about how much we would love to be a fly on the wall and actually be able to watch Cade in action as a real, live missionary! Silly, huh? You can either send his picture to this email address or you can send it to my husbands phone (my phone won't receive pictures). The number is 208-230-5037. Thank you again, Connie, for taking that picture of him and for going to the trouble of sending it to me. Finally, he'll have a picture on his missionary plaque! Yay!