Web Exclusive: Roma Downey wrote about Utah in her new book

Web Exclusive: Roma Downey wrote about Utah in her new book

(KUTV) In her book, "Box of Butterflies," Roma Downey wrote about a special experience she had in Utah.

She lived here for nearly 10 years while shooting the TV show, "Touched by an Angel" and played the angel Monica.

She wrote about an "amazing opportunity" to visit Primary Children's Hospital during the holidays.

Downey was walking through a corridor when something happened.

"A room opened and a ghost of grief came out of the room. And it became clear very quickly that a child had passed away," she recalled.

The mother of that child spotted Downey and recognized her.

"She said, 'Monica there you are. I prayed that an an angel would come for my baby, and here you are,'" said Downey. "I almost didn't know what to say because I didn't want to pretend to be an angel, I'm just an actress. But I put my arms around her, and I held her, and I prayed with her, and I hugged her."

Downey called her friend and fellow actress, Della Reese, who told her that it was likely meant to be that Downey was there that day.

"She said, 'Roma if we're going to be used for a higher purpose on 'Touched by an Angel,' then you and I need to learn to get out of the way. It's not about us. It's about God,'" Downey recalled.

Downey knew that the TV series had touched people and she had a chance to tell them about God. She also acknowledges that angels come in all forms.

"When we show up for each other through kindness and through service, we can really demonstrate all the best virtues that we can bring to life," Downey said.

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