The Miracle at Cokeville, Wyoming

Something astonishing seems to have happened here.


I had a most interesting day today, including attendance at the afternoon session of the current general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


I’m excited about the new temples announced this morning for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Cedar City, Utah, and about the new General Authorities who were presented to the Church later today.


One of the most interesting parts of the day was having a bite to eat in a condo situated very near the Conference Center just before the afternoon session, and finding myself talking with two people who were teachers at Cokeville Elementary School in Wyoming back in 1986, the year of the “Cokeville miracle.”


I remember hearing about this when it happened, and I’ve read a little bit about it — notably Hartt Wixom’s book When Angels Intervene to Save the Children – so I was thrilled to have even a brief opportunity to talk with them.


It’s a remarkable story.  I asked the two former Cokeville teachers whether I could trust Hartt Wixom’s account.  “Absolutely,” they said.


Now, the obvious skeptical reply to such a story is, “Well, why didn’t similar things happen in Newtown, Connecticut, or at Columbine High School?” To which I can only say that I don’t know.  But the evidence seems pretty good to me that something miraculous happened in 1986, in Cokeville, Wyoming.



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