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Her ancestors experienced a miracle during the Spanish flu pandemic, and finding their story was her miracle

by | Jan. 06, 2021

Makes You Think

Many Latter-day Saints attend the temple to find reprieve from the fear and anxiety life can sometimes bring. But even though temples have been closed through months filled with more than their fair share of anxiety, the Lord has not left us without help. 

In fact, for one Latter-day Saint, not being able to attend the temple is what led her to discovering an astonishing, yet immensely comforting story from the life of her great-grandmother. 

In the digital content of the Liahona this month, Chakell Wardleigh Herbert shares how, after temples closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she turned family history research to fill the void she felt. Herbert writes that she has always felt a connection to her great-grandmother Hettie, and so she began causally studying her life.

Remembering an account she had heard about Hettie helping her husband recover from an illness, Herbert decided to look into the story further. She soon found a journal entry from Hettie’s son that explained that the illness wasn’t just any sickness—her great-grandfather had caught the deadly Spanish flu during the pandemic in 1918.

“I was shocked,” Herbert writes. “It’s not often I can fully relate to my ancestors, but when I read this, I felt tears prickling my eyes. It was no coincidence that I was reading this story at this time.”

See the Liahona to learn about the miracle that saved Hettie’s husband, and how the story is inspiring Herbert to believe in a God of miracles today.

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Emily Abel

Emily first found her love for storytelling as an editorial intern at LDS Living. She recently returned as senior editor and loves that her job is to highlight the meaningful in life. Emily is a graduate of Utah State University in English. Hiking trails, dance studios, and behind the cover of a good book are some of her favorite places to be.

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