By Cordell and Janice Vail
15 Feb 2004
A weekly email gospel message for the descendents of Ammon and Winona Vail
I assume all of you living in Utah heard about the car accident that President Featherstone was in. It is so impossible that they were not killed. Things like that just don't happen. It says in the article that when the police saw the car as they pulled up they already called the corner to have them start making out the death certificates. If you have not read the full story, you can read the details in the Deseret News at:
As I read that news story I could not help but think about Grandpa and Grandma Vail and an experience they had a few years ago. I don't know if all of you have ever heard the story. If not I think it is worth putting here as a part of our family history. It is so much like the story about President and Sister Featherstone.
Years ago the Church decided to remodel the Logan temple. So all the members in Cache Valley had to go to the Ogden Temple for about a year or two while the remodeling was being done. Grandpa and Grandma were very faithful temple goers so every week they drove to Ogden to the temple. They often took others with them.
At that time they had a 1968 Chev Impala. It was green. I remember that car so well. In the end they gave it to Gene to drive for a while and we always called it "THE TANK". When you read this story you will realize why we called it that.
That day when they set out to go to the Ogden temple they had Aunt Mary and Lucile Waite with them. Aunt Mary and Lucile were in the back and Grandpa and Grandma were in the front. As they started up the hill over by Wellsville they were going 60 mph. All of the sudden a car being driven by a drunk man pulled right out in front of them from that side rode there in College Ward. Grandpa said he did not even have time to put his foot on the break before he hit the car broad side.
Now you surely have seen what happens to cars that collide head on or broad side each other going 60. I have seen scores of pictures on TV and in the Newspapers. I know what the car should have looked like. President and Sister Featherstons car looks like that. Well I want to tell you what Grandpa Vail told me about it. He said that when he looked up and realized that he was hitting the other car broadside, he said that it felt like "ANGELS PICKED THERE CAR UP AND JUST CARRIED IT TO A STOP". The other car rolled over several times and ended up in the median between the two lanes of the highway upside down and was totally demolished. Because the driver of the other car was drunk he was not seriously injured (I never have been able to understand how just being totally relaxed keeps you from being hurt).
When the police came, they could not believe their eyes. The old green Chev only had minor damage. The only injury was that Aunt Mary flew from the back seat forward and hit her head on the rear view mirror and had a minor cut on her head from the mirror (we will talk another time about why her and uncle Ike would not wear seat belts.. it is a pioneer days thing and a covered wagon thing .. You are too young to understand ha ha ha).. The rest of them were not even hurt. But here is the amazing thing. When dad took the car in for repair all they did was replace the two side fenders, the headlights, the grill AND THE BATTERY. They did not even have to replace the radiator. Now tell me how that could be possible. BECAUSE THEY WERE RIDING IN "THE TANK"???
No, it was not because of the tank. It became known as the tank after that. It was for two reasons. First I believe it was because they were on the way to the temple and had special protection just like the Fetherstones had. Second (and this is the part you may not know about).... Grandma Vail's patriarchal blessing promises her that she will never be injured while traveling. We used to joke about that. Where ever we went on trips we always wanted mom in the car with us so we would be safe. (Eldene can tell you a few stories about that when she was learning how to drive).
So now you see why they were protected that day, and maybe that will help you understand a little better how President and Sister Featherstone were also protected against impossible odds.
I know that God can protect us if it is his will to do so. I know that He loves us and watches over us. There is no reasonable explanation why the Featherstons were not killed on the way home from Star Valley this last week. There is no reason why Grandpa and Grandma Vail were not killed that day on the way to the Ogden Temple. There is no reasonable explanation why Grandpa and Grandma Vail's car was not demolished. But by divine intervention they were not even hurt and the car was not destroyed. And I know it was by divine intervention that President and Sister Featherstone were protected when their whole car was destroyed.
Now you know.
NOTE: Nothing in any of these Sunday Sermons is intended to represent the official doctrines of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are strictly instructions and teachings from Cordell and Janice Vail to their family.
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