Ned C. Hill: Revisiting a miracle in Germany

By Ned C. Hill

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, June 22 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

When we finished, she stood, glowing. "Feel my hands." We did. They were warm. "Feel my face." We did. It was warm and flush. "Danke! Danke!" she said. "I'm all better and now I'll go take care of my family." She and her husband put on their coats and headed out into the snow. Elder Smith and I sat for a while in that office wondering at the remarkable experience we had just been part of. Since then, I had often wondered what had happened to her and her family. I did not see her again over those 22 years.

When I finished reading the experience to Schwester Hansen from my diary, she wept. I wept. Evan wept. What a blessing to cross paths with this soul who entered my life only for a few minutes some 22 years earlier. She went on to have four more children after that time. She continues to serve others even all the way down in Frankfurt.

I'm glad we were two minutes too late to occupy a guest room in the temple and got to come and revisit one of the most memorable experiences of my missionary days.

I'm very grateful for the church's missionary program. It not only spreads the gospel throughout the world, but it also gives young men and women — and even older ones — opportunities to stretch their capabilities, enlarge their world view, discover the goodness of other people and even glimpse the power of God.

Ned C. Hill is former dean of the Marriott School of Management (1998-2008) at Brigham Young University. He taught at Cornell University and Indiana University before coming to BYU in 1987. He graduated in chemistry from the University of Utah, where he was a laboratory assistant to Professor Henry Eyring. He earned a master's degree in chemistry from Cornell and then a Ph.D. in finance from Cornell. He is currently the National Advisory Council Professor of Finance in the Marriott School, where he teaches corporate finance. He has authored three books and over 70 academic articles. He has served as a bishop and stake president (twice) and his current calling is chair of the board of the Volunteer Care Clinic of Utah County. He serves on a number of other boards of directors. His wife, Claralyn Martin Hill, is a BYU Law School graduate and a University of Utah undergraduate. They are the parents of five grown children and 15 grandchildren.

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