Testimonies

Laminate It in Your Heart

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 18 December 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 112

Laminate It in Your Heart

Today, we're re-publishing an article by Sister Vicki Ali that first appeared on the Gospel Blog on Dec. 13, 2012. Enjoy!

Last week as I was unpacking the Christmas boxes to decorate our home for the season, I came across an item that caused a sudden feeling of gratitude to rush through me.

It was a cutout of an elf holding a list that was carefully colored and filled up with my son’s Christmas wishes in his own kindergarten handwriting, and it was laminated by his teacher.

Yep, I was overwhelmed by gratitude for lamination and the teacher who so lovingly preserved this memory for me!

First Things First

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Monday, 11 December 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 398

First Things First

Today's Miracle Monday is for all you students out there who are facing exams, papers, presentations, and other projects leading up to the Christmas break.

Before my last semester of undergraduate school, I attended the Southwest Area MBA Camp, and the theme was Rock Solid in Christ. During my seminar, the leaders emphasized the importance of reading the scriptures and challenged us to make it a daily habit. I decided to accept the challenge and see what would happen if I tried to read the scriptures every day, no matter what.

She Came from Heaven by Way of China

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Monday, 27 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 373

She Came from Heaven by Way of China

Since November is National Adoption Month, for today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing Sister Linda Scolaro's amazing adoption journey she traveled with the Lord’s intervention.

One day, I prayed that God would grant us a child, and I had no idea the amazing journey and plan that God had in store for us. I prayed this prayer many times. However, this time I was driving on the Garden State Parkway. As I finished my prayer, I looked up in the sky on a beautiful sunny day in August, and I saw a vision.

A Thanksgiving Gift

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Monday, 20 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 303

A Thanksgiving Gift

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a sweet testimony that Sister Ruth Gehly experienced last year around this time.

Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Gathering with family to share one of my favorite meals means the world to me. There is just so much to be thankful for, especially when surrounded by the love of family.

Anticipating the arrival of our family on Thanksgiving morning of 2016, I awoke very early. Desiring to be close to the Lord and to read scriptures of praise, I picked up my mom’s Bible and began leafing through the inspirational words of King David.

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 13 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 643

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Today, we're taking a break from Miracle Monday to bring you a testimony from Sister Mary Ann Heaps. Enjoy!

When I was living in Guatemala, I had a routine of stopping at the same bakery every day to purchase bread and juice. Every day, I would see a street man walking toward the bakery, and many times he would sit on the curb, never saying a word. He didn’t understand when you spoke to him but would just smile, not recognizing anybody. Not knowing anything about this poor, badly dressed man in rags and torn shoes, carrying a cloth bag, I referred to him as "mi hombre" (my man).

Remembering the Zioneers

Written by Brother Joe Nicosia on Monday, 16 October 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 512

Remembering the Zioneers

Today, we're taking a break from our typical Miracle Mondays and bringing you a testimony of remembrance from Brother Joe Nicosia. Perhaps it'll spark memories of a special season that you've enjoyed in your service to the Lord.

From 1999 to 2006, I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a male quartet called The Zioneers, along with Brother Ken Jones, Bob Sullivan, and Ken Buck. Nancy Buck was our musical director.

To give some background, we initially formed the group in 1999 and then spent about a year practicing and learning how to sing together as a group. Finally, we were ready for our first public performance as part of a fundraiser concert at the Anaheim Branch. The Lord blessed all of the performers, and over $6,000 was raised in one night!

The Day He Called

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 322

The Day He Called

A few weeks ago during Sunday school, we all shared our conversion stories about when the Lord called us to be baptized. Even though I know the brothers and sisters in my mission pretty well, I've never heard their full conversion stories. It was interesting and a blessing to hear how differently the Lord spoke to us, from those who were born and raised in this gospel to those who met the Lord from their spouse.

This September is going to be 20 years since I surrendered to the Lord. I can't believe how quickly time goes by!

God Spared My Life — and My Limbs

Written by Brother Jim Alessio on Monday, 17 July 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 475

God Spared My Life — and My Limbs

Today's military-themed Miracle Monday is an account of the late Brother Jim Alessio's experiences during WWII. The following is an edited version of a write-up he did for his grandson, Jared, who used it for a school project. Brother Jim was awarded the Purple Heart and Certificate of Merit for his service.

I was 18 years old when I was drafted in World War II. I was assigned to the medics and had 17 weeks of basic training in Texas where we learned much about administering first aid.

After basic training, I was sent to England where I was assigned to the 82nd airborne division, which consisted of paratroopers and glider infantry. I was assigned to the 325th glider infantry as a medic for an infantry platoon.

Coincidence?

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 584

Coincidence?

A while ago, during a Sunday sermon, I was challenged to reflect on the defining moment when God became real to me. Now, I was born into the church and grew up believing in a Savior who was much more powerful than anything this world has to offer, but God didn't become real to me until I was around 13 years old.

Despite growing up in the church and feeling the Holy Spirit, my relationship with God wasn't a personal relationship until I was floating down the Charleston River in South Carolina on a hot summer day in July.

She Said It's Unfair

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 508

She Said It's Unfair

Some 25 years ago, while visiting Maria, a first-generation Italian immigrant, a great gardener, an exceptional cook, a widow with five adult children, a woman who loved and feared God, I sat and conversed with her fourth child, Mary Louise, an educated woman in her mid-twenties who worked as a medical lab technician.

I was a regular visitor in their home, a repairman for household appliances and a garden digger. On this particular day, Mary Louise and I were engaged in a religious conversation. Maria was frustrated with her daughter's skepticism of God's existence.

A Spiritual Birthday

Written by Brother Ken Staley on Sunday, 11 June 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 569

A Spiritual Birthday

Today, we've got a special treat! Here is a beautiful word of testimony from Brother Ken Staley on his 50th spiritual birthday.

Fifty years ago today, Sunday, June 11, 1967, in a humble, stone building known as the Glassport Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ (“The Pure and Unadulterated Restored Gospel,” as the sign in front of that church building says), my life was changed forever as I rose upon my feet and proclaimed, “I want to be baptized.”

At 13 years old, there was not a lot about this world that I really knew. As a side note, my entire family, my father, mother, and siblings were all out of town that day, visiting family in Erie, Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, I was baptized within 30 minutes of my request, without anyone ever having contacted my parents. Surprisingly, they were both fine with that!

When God Submitted My Job Application

Written by Sister Erin Light on Monday, 20 March 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 969

When God Submitted My Job Application

Today's "big decision" Miracle Monday was submitted by Sister Erin Light. Enjoy!

In the summer of 2016, I was looking to change jobs. I emailed, tweeted, messaged, LinkedIn-ed, and hand-delivered my resumes to employers that I could see myself working for.

But ever since I was young, I was taught to pray for all of my "flocks and fields" (Alma 37:37). I'm not a farmer; I don't have any flocks or fields, but there are many aspects to my life that are as important to me as a farmer's flocks and fields, and I want God to be involved in all of them. I asked for His help as I looked for a new job, if it was in His will, and I asked God to make the decision clear for me. I did not want to choose between two positions.

God's Message to Me

Written by Brother Ray Intrieri on Monday, 13 March 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 931

God's Message to Me

Today's "big decision" Miracle Monday is from Brother Ray Intrieri regarding when he was facing a looming challenge in his career education.

I was in an 18-month to two-year training program at work to obtain a senior reactor operator’s license. I should have decided to enroll when I was much younger — when my brain worked better — but I was asked to enroll when I was 47 years old. It is a tough program, and I was struggling toward the end when it came time to pass the exam, which is administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Finding My 'Connection' as an Adopted Child

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 12 December 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 811

Finding My 'Connection' as an Adopted Child

Today, we're bringing you a Miracle Monday that connects to last week's testimony, a story that Sister KarenJo Pandone related to very personally. This is her story of how the Lord answered her question, "Who am I in this world?" Since Christmas is a family-focused time of year, we think this theme is quite appropriate.

I was adopted as a 6-week-old infant and became the daughter of two loving parents who couldn't have children. Brother Joe and Sister Rose Milantoni raised me in a loving home where I never wanted for anything. I knew from the moment I could understand that I was adopted. They always associated it with a positive twist: "They chose me," "God gave me to them," "I was their adopted sweetheart," all of which made me feel very special — so much so that I would go up to perfect strangers and proudly announce, "I'm adopted!"

Why Am I Here?

Written by Sister Pat Valenti on Monday, 05 December 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 933

Why Am I Here?

We didn't receive any Christmas-related miracles to share with you today, but we did receive this thought-provoking testimony from Sister Pat Valenti. It's a wonderful read for anyone who has ever asked, "Who am I and why am I here?"

A family secret emerged in my early teens which shattered me. I was told that I was adopted and that I was not born in America but in Torino, Italy. I came to this country with my adoptive parents as a naturalized citizen when I was a little over a year old. As a teenager, you're already dealing with trying to find yourself asking, "Who am I and why am I here?"

I went to meetings with a family that attended the church, including the Thursday-Nighters, a youth-oriented meeting in the Edison Branch. As I got older, my belief in God was there, but I strayed far. Visits to church became fewer. Years passed before I attended any church service.

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