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Latter-day Saint Bride Discovers Her Mother-In-Law Helped Deliver Her

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A Latter-day Saint couple’s story of divine connection is garnering national attention and was featured on People.com this past week.

Kelsey Poll of Clearfield, Utah, and Tyler West, enjoyed a sweet romance before their wedding. They met while she worked as a bank teller in a grocery store in the summer of August 2021. Students at Weber State University, they started dating and eventually got engaged. Tyler surprised Kelsey this year with a sunset proposal on the beach. 

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Their story, however, got even sweeter as the couple prepared a slideshow for their wedding. One day, while flipping through Kelsey’s baby book, Tyler was shocked to discover a photograph of his mother. Kelsey’s mother, Stacy, already thought Tyler’s mother looked familiar and wondered if she’d met her before.

“Kelsey had told me that Mary Ann was a labor and delivery nurse, and she and Tyler had joked that maybe she’d brought me ice chips when I was in the hospital,” Stacy told the Washington Post. Suddenly, it all made sense. 

Mary Ann West records Kelsey’s footprints after her birth. Photo courtesy of Stacy Poll via Washington Post

Mary Ann West had worked as a nurse in the hospital where Kelsey was born and now Stacy remembered where they had met. Mary Ann had been Stacy’s delivery nurse and as they pulled out the old home video, they saw Mary Ann telling Stacy about her son, Tyler, and holding Kelsey as she was born. 

“I completely remembered that delivery — even though I’ve delivered thousands of babies over almost 30 years — but I remember her delivery,” Mary Ann told People.com. “That was really special. It just made me love Kelsey and Stacy even more, and [I’m] just thrilled to have them part of our family.”

Mary Ann West, left, hands Stacy Poll her new baby daughter, Kelsey. Photo courtesy Matt Poll via Washington Post

“Seeing the video of me holding sweet little Kelsey and handing her to Stacy — it just brings it full circle,” Mary Ann continued. “This whole family, we were meant to be.”

“I thought it was really cool — it made me feel grateful to know I had this tie to my new family,” Kelsey told the Washington Post. “I always wanted to have a good relationship with my future parents, and it also confirmed that I want to be with Tyler for the rest of my life.”

The Wests and Polls celebrate with Tyler and Kelsey on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of Abbie White Photography
Kelsey and Tyler exit the Bountiful Utah Temple on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of Abbie White Photography
Kelsey and Tyler post outside the Bountiful Utah Temple on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of Facebook
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Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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