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Official Death Certificate for Hope Branham

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Official Death Certificate for Hope Branham:

William Branham got a lot of mileage out of his life stories. Though varying significantly in details, they brought tears to the eyes of very emotional crowds as he told the tragic tale of when his sorrows began. It all started in January, 1937, when a great flood caused the Ohio River to overflow into the cities in its path.

And--and there, friends, is where my sorrows started. I listened to my mother-in-law in the stead of God. He was giving me the opportunity. And there this gift would've been manifested long time ago, if I'd just went ahead and done what God told me to do. But instead of that, I didn't want her to be angry, and I didn't want to hurt nobody's feelings. And so I just--just let it go like that. Just walked, I just said, "All right, we won't go."
- Branham, 51-0415A "Life Story"

Branham told the crowds how he had listened to his mother-in-law instead of God, and because of this, God brought down his wrath upon the Branham family. Father, brother, wife, and child all dead -- simply because Branham listened to his mother-in-law.

And right there, the sorrows started. Immediately after that, my father died. My brother was killed a few nights later from that. I almost lost my own... I lost my father, my brother, my wife, my baby, and my sister-in-law, and almost my own life within about six month's time. And just started going down. My church, pretty near everything went down, down, down. Hope taken sick.
Just right after that, the 1937 flood come on.
- Branham, 51-0415A "Life Story"

In some versions of this tale, William Branham describes how hard he fought to reach his wife and child, both dying in a hospital. Not only was God's "mother-in-law" wrath taking the lives of innocent victims, an unmerciful God was making Branham's life very difficult:

Then came freezing like that. I couldn't get the outboard motor started on it. Out into the river, I whirled right out into the main part of the current, me pulling and pulling. And it wouldn't start. Them great waves, almost as high as this building here, licking up like that, and that little bitty boat like that, and me out there...?... Ohio Falls, just about a mile and a half below me there, going right to them, which meant death at any minute... And there, brother, I had to think it over, whether it was trash or not. I was going out to see. There, pulling on that rope, and it wouldn't start, and I'd pull again, and it wouldn't start. Sick wife and baby laying out there, just lost my daddy and everything, I knelt down in the boat, and I said, "Oh God, have mercy. Have mercy. I don't want to die out here in this river like this. And I want to raise them children. Please, dear heavenly Father, if You'll just let it start, dear God."
- Branham, 51-0415A "Life Story"

Trying to reach hope, William Branham searched from city to city through freezing cold, torrential rain, and flood waters so high one could only see the rooftops. While searching for her, William Branham was shocked to learn that his wife had suddenly contracted Tuberculosis.

Said, "You're looking for Hope, aren't you."
And I said, "Jim, you know about her?"
Said... I mean at... not at Kokomo, it's Seymour, Indiana.
He said, "She's laying up there in the Baptist church at Seymour, Indiana, dying with tuberculosis, laying by the side of my wife." And I... or "my girlfriend."
And I said, "Dying with TB?"
Said, "Yes, Bill." Said, "I hate to tell you, but you wouldn't know her."
- Branham, 51-0415A "Life Story"

When he finally reached Hope, she was at the Clark Memorial Hospital. His best friend, Dr. Sam Adair was there. And Hope's best friend, the nurse (who had multiple names throughout the life story was there to tell William Branham what a good husband he was.

And I'd work at night. I remember, I was out, and I heard a patrol sign come through. It said, "Calling William Branham. Come to the hospital immediately, wife dying." I never will forget; I took off my hat. Setting in the truck, I held up my hands, and I said, "O Jesus, please don't let her go. Let me talk to her once more before she goes. Please do save her." I was about twenty miles away from home. I turned on lights and everything. I went down the road real swift, stopped in front of the hospital, and throwed off the gun belt, and into the place I went real quick. I started walking down through the Clark County Memorial Hospital.
As I started down through there, I looked, and I seen poor little Doctor Adair come walking down through there with his head down. God bless that man. And he--he looked at me like that when he seen me. He throwed his hands up like that and started crying and run in the halls. And I run up to him, put my arm around him, I said, "Sam, is it?"
And he said, "Billy, I'm--I'm afraid she's gone now."
She called the nurse, Miss Cook. She said, "Come here." She said, "Set down just a minute. I've just got a few minutes left."
And she was Hope's friend. And she was biting her lip.
She said, "When you get married, I hope you get a husband like mine." And that... You know how it made me feel. She said, "He's been good to me, and we've loved each other the way we have." And said, "I hope you get a husband like mine."
- Branham, 51-0415A "Life Story"

But what parts of this story are true, and what parts of this story were invented by William Branham and why?

According to the official death certificate for Hope Branham, however, many of the details to this heart-wrenching story are in question. Hope had been battling TB for over a year, according to Sam Adair's report. And William Branham reported her death in his home -- a home listed in the city directory as "Wm M Rev (Hope) pastor Pentecostal Tabernacle r 430 Graham."

But worst of all, Hope died in July 1937, over five months after the flood waters receded. Sam Adair did perform the examination, and her cause of death was listed as Pulmonary T.B.

Was William Branham dishonest in his life story? And if so, for what purpose?

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