The Sampson Family's Journey Through Time

The Sampson Family's Journey Through Time

The Sampson family's story is a tapestry woven with threads of resilience, heritage, and spiritual discovery that spans generations and crosses continents. Originating in the United Kingdom, the family's roots delve deep into the annals of history, shaped by Scottish plantation owners, Caribbean turmoil, and a pirate ancestor. This narrative is not just a journey through time; it's a testament to the transformative power of faith that has defined the Sampson legacy.

The saga began with the chance meeting of Susan Christine Clarke Sampson and Patrick Frank Sampson in the aisles of a grocery store. They were later married on the magical date of 7-9-77. Little did they know that this encounter would set the stage for a spiritual odyssey that would shape their lives and the lives of their descendants.

Frank's lineage traces back to Great Grandfather Arthur McGeachy Sampson, of Scottish lineage, a gentleman and plantation manager during the abolition of slavery in 1834. The challenges of subsequent generations, marked by Arthur’s son, Joseph Brereton Stanley Sampson's battle with alcoholism, added layers of complexity to the family's narrative.

In 1923, Frank's father, Clarence Delisie Sampson, entered the scene, leaving an indelible mark as a military volunteer during a pivotal period when the British Caribbean colonies transitioned into British Commonwealths. World War II further reshaped dynamics, drawing young men like Lisle to Trinidad in 1942 to support Britain's war efforts.

Amidst these shifts, Frank's father Lisle, met and fell head over heels in love with his mother when he first saw her on arriving in Trinidad in 1942, navigating the complexities of migration and family reunification. Frank’s grandparents had relocated to Trinidad in 1914. Frank himself embarked on a journey, leaving Trinidad for Barbados at the tender age of 15, setting the stage for his unique experiences and contributions.

Frank's career took an unexpected turn when he became a plantation supervisor, despite facing severe health challenges, including heart disease. His determination to embrace life overrode medical expectations, showcasing a resilience that would become a hallmark of the Sampson family.

Susan Christine Clarke Sampson brought her own rich heritage to the union. With roots from the British Isles, including English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, one of her ancestors, Stede Bonnet, added a touch of adventure as a gentleman pirate. Susan's father, Cecil Gordon Clarke, hailed from Barbados, while her mother brought Portuguese roots to the family coming from British Guyana. Their union, born from a chance encounter during a cricket match, exemplifies the convergence of diverse backgrounds and shared experiences.

The Sampson’s' encounter with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint missionaries in 1986 marked a turning point. Initially, they invited the door-knocking missionaries into their home out of empathy, but what unfolded was a profound spiritual journey.

As Susan, along with their sons Stuart and Justin, engaged with the teachings of the missionaries, Frank, initially determined to challenge their beliefs, found himself drawn into the spiritual currents gradually. Susan's decision to be baptized on June 6, 1987, was met with initial skepticism from Frank. However, attending Susan’s baptism proved to be a spiritually significant moment leading to Frank's own baptism a week later on June 13.

Stuart Sampson, born in 1979, fondly remembers the impact of the missionaries, stating, 'I liked it when the missionaries came by; it always felt so different when they were in our home.' Stuart formed close bonds within the Church's branch, engaging in activities like basketball. Through friendships, he gained valuable insights into the beautiful principles of the gospel.

Stuart's testimony solidified in the Missionary Training Center when, reading Moroni's promise in the Book of Mormon, he received a spiritual witness affirming Joseph Smith as a true prophet of God. His deep conviction propelled him toward missionary service.

Susan's commitment to Stuart's future mission took a poignant turn during a challenging time when he faced gastro-intestinal problems. Praying fervently, Susan made a promise to Heavenly Father that if Stuart recovered, she would do everything in her power to ensure he served a mission. Miraculously, Stuart experienced a turnaround the next day!

Frank's spiritual observation while attending a sacrament meeting added another layer to their conversion story. Seeing what he described as an 'apparition' of a halo over Elder Schrader, the missionary teaching them, Frank recognized him as a man of God, a revelation that cemented his commitment to the Church. Other important doctrines, such as the temple and family history provided further evidence to Frank of God’s love for His children.

The Sampson family's journey is not just a historical account; it's a living testament to the transformative power of faith. From the plantations of Barbados to high seas adventures and the embracing of the gospel, their story echoes with resilience, spiritual discovery, and the enduring strength found in family bonds. The Sampsons stand as a beacon, showcasing that profound faith has the power to transcend time, shape destinies, and leave an indelible mark on the generations that follow. They leave an interesting, wholesome legacy for their grandchildren Joshua Sampson and Steffany Sampson Conesa to carry forward.