In 1918 the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints witnessed a remarkable and faith-instilling demonstration of the Lord’s healing power through the righteous exercise of the priesthood. That fall a flu epidemic that was afflicting people around the world finally reached Cape Town, South Africa. It was recorded that in the first week the deadly disease took the lives of five thousand people in Cape Town alone.
President Smith concluded his account of that exhausting and harrowing episode by saying that he and his companion “went from door to door that day, and of the fifty-seven who had been smitten with that disease, every Latter-day Saint was healed. Not one died.…”