Throwback Thursday: An Almost Unbelievable Coincidence

Throwback Thursday: An Almost Unbelievable Coincidence

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2 Missionaries in India were once in the same orphanage
Elders Barr and Reichert reunite as Mormon missionaries and visit the orphanage in Goa, India, where they spent their first few months of life. (Image via

It’s Throwback Thursday! Here at LDS Missionaries, we search daily for the best and most recent articles focused on missions, converts, and related news about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And we find them daily! We also come across older articles that are still relevant and inspiring, so we’ve decided to join in the fun tradition of ‘Throwback Thursday’ posts.  

For our first Throwback Thursday, we visit Mormon Newsroom in June of 2007.

We love this story about two missionaries in India who had an almost unbelievable coincidence in their pasts:

“Jordan Matthew Barr and Benjamin Ajay Kwame Reichert had never met prior to their mission, but their assignment to India would take them both back to the country they were born in and where they would discover the parallels of their background.

“Almost 20 years ago, Barr and Reichert were born to two different mothers and placed in the same orphanage in Goa, India. Both were then adopted by two different Mormon families in the United States.

“Elder Barr and Elder Reichert now work together as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in India, where they have been able to give service to the community. The two young men have also had the opportunity to return to the building where the orphanage once was.

“Emotions ran high for these young men when they found records detailing their births and photos of them as infants. They were allowed to take these precious items with them.”


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