May 14, 2015

The Cokeville Miracle

Screening tickets were provided


My Review
When I first saw the movie trailer I knew that this was a film I wanted to see. I love true stories and was really drawn to this one.

I live in Logan, UT and as we are not that far from Cokeville, WY, I have started hearing some mixed feelings about this film.

I was lucky enough to talk to a few of the survivors tonight and they all told me--"yes, it is hard to re-live this day through this film, yet we know our story needs to be shared--for a miracle did happen that day."

The movie was incredible! So touching! And very well portrayed.

The emotions are strong as you see it played out before you and as you hear of all the facts.

And then the strength of the children and their belief in prayer and as they tell of the angels who were with them that

(me with survivors Lori Nate Conger and Brad Shane Nate)
Doris Young is quoted in the movie telling the children that they "will tell their children and their grandchildren of this day."

What a strange thing to say to a room full of children with the threat of a bomb to go off or to be shot.

Yet that prophecy has come true.

I now add my voice in sharing their story.

They were and are very brave and I honor them with this blog post.

From T.C. Christensen comes The Cokeville Miracle, the remarkable true story of a town facing a terrible tragedy, and the Sheriff’s investigator who struggles with his faith as he gathers evidence that defies easy explanation.

Cokeville Wyoming, a town of just over 500 people that sits near the Utah-Idaho border, is not known for much beyond it’s strong family values, but in 1986 Cokeville made national headlines when a madman and his wife entered the elementary school with guns and bomb. They gathered over 100 children and teachers into a small room, and made a demand: $200 million dollars for the lives of the children—but then the bomb went off…

The Cokeville Miracle is not just the story of a hostage crisis, or a terror attack on American soil. It is not just the story of a bomb that could have destroyed an entire generation, and ripped a town apart. The Cokeville Miracle is about what happened instead. How did a bomb that should have leveled the room take only two lives that day, the madman and his wife? Each child, each adult who made it out of that room has a story to tell. Follow the Sheriff’s investigator Ron Hartley as he pieces together the evidence, including stories of prayer and divine intervention from multiple witnesses. Gather the evidence and decide for yourself.

Do you see coincidence, 
or do you see miracles?

Starring: Jasen Wade
Genre: True Miracles
Directed By: T.C. Christensen
Release Date: June 5, 2015


Out of respect for the many people who had to live through that terrible day, a day of digital silence has been suggested on the anniversary of the bombing.

If you'd like to join on May 16, please turn off your digital devices and spend at least three hours connecting with the people you love, whether that is your children, your parents, your grandparents, your friends, or your ancestors through genealogy work.

If you are willing to share your experiences about this day of silence please use  #seemiracles.

The song Suo Gan (From "The Cokeville Miracle") by Jenny Oaks Baker
is available for download now -


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