Read a lot of the comments. It doesn't matter where we are from or our family either, because virtually all of us has ancestry that immigrated; some of mine as early as 16xx (when there wasn't all that fuss...) The other part is that we are spirits having a mortal existence. What tribe are our spirits from, I ask? This isn't all about blood lineage, is it?
I am from India. I belong to the tribe of Ephraim
As I understand it, when a member has a question concerning anything in their Patriarchal Blessing they should not ask the Patriarch, another Patriarch or their Bishop------rather they should go to the Lord with their question. Patriarchs give Patriarchal Blessings----they are not required to explain them. My Patriarchal Blessing was given over 50 years ago. From the outset I had a rather perplexing question about one statement, which I really wanted answered, but could not see how it could possibly be answered in mortality. My patience was rewarded when at age 63 all was revealed in a manner that completely satisfied my curiosity and validated the statement made by that inspired Patriarch to a receptive young man. Sadly he had passed on so I could not phone him up and report my case to him, but I will seek him out in the Spirit World and give his hand a hearty shake and meanwhile I will keep enjoying my Patriarchal Blessing, which gets better with time and does not age as I grow older.
I am a descendant of Joseph through Ephraim.
I'm born and raised So. Cal.
A Patriarch I knew told me that he had declared lineage to members of every tribe of Israel.
An ancestor was told in his blessing that he was born to the tribe of Judah but was adopted to Ephriam because he had accepted the gospel. His ancestory was from the British Isles.
I am from the tribe of Ephraim. My daughter-in-law, who is Italian/Mexican is from the tribe of Simeon.
From what I understand in ancient times you got your tribe from your mother and patriarchs are usually spot on there, but checking out the subject on LDS.org there are variations and that seems to be normal (I wonder if there were in ancient times but without designated priesthood authority if they had to rely on that--I'm open to that). Personally I'm seeing a reason to question if a disparity is too great that one could have a completely different tribe absolutely not in their lineage and one's identical twin be completely different. Someone is seeing "through a glass darkly", but it's hard to know who. I would pray about it if it's way off and get a second patriarchal blessing as a second witness if needed (that's allowed, believe it or not). The one I really question more though is the "I have faith and was baptized" and was never adopted or part of Abraham's seed. Abraham 2:10 and Galatians 3:29 beg to differ. I don't think this exercise is a real great idea because of all of the confusion and seeds of doubt that could be planted, however, being a geography/culture/history lover I would like to get a map idea of where the lost tribes orginate because I'd like to know where some of the branches were planted. I swear the gypsies and Japanese are one due to some of their customs, and there seems to be evidence of a righteous society either originating or migrating to England in the first few centuries A.D. (did an appearance of Christ inspire them, why does the song O' Jerusalem appeal so much to the British, and why of all the gentiles did Britain/Germany get to not only come to found America but get tons of influential global blessings; God isn't known for handing big privileges out like that randomly--scripturally speaking you have to earn it). Once we get up to 12,000 high priests at least from each tribe the 144,000 will be reinstated at some point according to Doctrine and Covenants, I want to find estimate how far off we are!
My one son and I are from Ephraim. My other son is Manasseh. My husband is not a membe so we do not know what tribe he would be.. My husband has stories that his father's line has both Cherokee and Choctaw grandparents. But when his brother, sister and cousins took a DNA test it showed no Native Americans. Last year when Maurine Proctor mentioned going on RelativeFinder I went on and found that
Matoaka 'Pocahantas' Powhatan is my 10 Great Grandmother. Now I have more questions that ever.
If someone's parents are, say, from Issachar, how can their lineage be from a different tribe?
I am a Catholic convert from Oregon, with Dutch, Irish, English isles, and Western European ancestry. I am from the tribe of Ephraim, with a special assignment to preach the gospel as part of that tribe. Oddly enough, I was taken aback when I prayed over whether to serve a mission and was told no. So I've tried to bear my testimony of the restored gospel often, both in person and on social media. It has been an interesting experience, as I come from a divorced, part-member family and have several siblings-in-law who are completely inactive. I've been told in blessings that bearing my testimony of the Savior to them is particularly important, and I haven't yet seen the fruits of that in my extended family, but it is exciting to think that in planting even the tiniest seeds, by faith we can see them grow to fruition in ways that may surprise us.
My patriarchal blessing states that I am a direct descendant of Japheth and not of the twelve tribes. I was born and raised West Texas.
We served a mission in Mongolia. As one of the YSA activities there was a poster with all the tribes listed. The young people were to write their name under which tribe they were from. At the end of the activity all tribes were represented. The House House of Israel is truly scattered and is truly being gathered.
I’m beginning to wonder if our tribe has more to do with our tasks in this life than our parental lineage by blood or location.
My husband's ancestry is 100% Jewish and he is the Trie of Ephraim.
When my neighbor (mother a relative of mine through an immigrant into Pennsylvania from Switzerland, dad a Jones, so one might assume Wales/British Isles) joined the LDS Church and received her patriarchal blessing, she was declared to be of the tribe of Benjamin. This was, as you might imagine, rather startling! So I called a former boss, Ellis Rasmussen, because in addition to being a gospel scholar he had also served as a Patriarch. His response has always remained with me and made sense. Hopefully, he would have given me permission to share it here. He said that, from his understanding (and my memory), it could have more to do with future assignments than anything else. Therefore, I found the previous "assigned to the tribe of" comment very interesting.
I am also a convert to the Church, great-granddaughter of an immigrant from Switzerland and more distantly related to much, much earlier immigrants, many of whom also seem to have had origins or at least residency in Switzerland. My blessing uses the phrase "numbered among" when declaring my Ephraim tribe, so I have always wondered if I was adopted. However, the subject came up during a genealogy class at BYU many years ago. The professor, Brother Wright, agreed to look at the exact wording. He indicated that he didn't think that adoption was implied although he never explained why.
Nevertheless, I am trying to carry out Ephraim's assignment to prepare for the Second Coming while also making those same opportunities available to my Swiss and probably Scots-Irish ancestors. (My DNA composition [for what it's worth] is 71% British Isles, 8% East Europe, 19% West and Central Europe, <1% East Middle East, <2% West Middle East.)
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