Testimonies

Blessing Bits: Peace When We Need It

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 January 2021. Posted in Testimonies Hits 264

Blessing Bits: Peace When We Need It

Today's article consists of Blessing Bits from the June and July/August 2020 issues of The Gospel News.

He Brings Peace and Love

During the quarantine, most of us were missing our friends, family, and Church. I personally have missed all your hugs most. I have suffered with attention-deficit disorder (ADD) all my life. I love to socialize, but in large groups can take in only so much before I get a headache and need quiet time alone. When I say alone, I mean alone with the Lord. After our first Campout event last year, the headache came. I went to my room and rested in communion with the Lord, without a nap, He quickly relieved the headache and brought me peace and much love. I was so grateful for this; I said to the Lord, "I love you so much, I wish I could hug and kiss you." The Lord quickly spoke to me... "When you hug and kiss a Saint you are hugging & kissing me." Looking forward to those hugs and kisses again! –Sister Christina DiCenzo, McKees Rocks Branch, Pennsylvania

Blessing Bits: God's Provision and Healing

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 January 2021. Posted in Testimonies Hits 230

Blessing Bits: God's Provision and Healing

Today's article consists of Blessing Bits from the March and May 2020 issues of The Gospel News.

He Always Provides

I was getting ready to pay my bills and knew I had no money to pay them. I cried out to the Lord to help me. I knew it would have to be a miracle, because a few months before, I had gone through every drawer in my room and every old purse that I had, not finding anything. After praying, I went through every drawer again. In the front of one of my drawers was $100. I cried out to the Lord in praise! I still needed more and continued to look. While looking for a receipt, I opened my wallet and found another $100. At first, I didn't want to tell anyone because then they would know I didn't have money and I would be embarrassed. Praise God for his mercy to me! – Sister Mary Duncan, Mesa Branch, Arizona

God's Accomplishments in 2020

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 31 December 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 454

God's Accomplishments in 2020

Did you read yesterday's blog by Brother Jerry Valenti? He ended his article with these words:

"One last note as the year 2020 draws to a close. We will likely remember this as a year in which many terrible things happened and all of our lives were upended in various ways. However, don't allow all of these events which got all of the "press" to overshadow the fact that God was also at work in the past year.

In 2020, souls were called to repentance and baptism, the lame walked, the sick were healed, the unemployed got jobs, people who gathered together to worship the Lord experienced God's peace and protection, our collective faith grew. And that was just within one small congregation — I'm sure many of you can add to this list of God's accomplishments in 2020."

A Child's Christmas Wish

Written by Sister Christina DiCenzo on Monday, 07 December 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 439

A Child's Christmas Wish

Today's Miracle Monday is a Christmas memory from Sister Christina DiCenzo's childhood.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child. And God spoke so a child like me could understand.

I was about 5 years old, and it was Christmas morning. I remember sitting up in my bed so excited because I knew in the other room were presents from Santa. I started thinking about my wish list and all the things I’d whispered in Santa’s ear a few days earlier. Then it struck me — oh NOOOOO! I’d forgotten to ask him for a teddy bear!

My excitement quickly plummeted to sadness. How could I have forgotten to ask him for a teddy bear when that is what I wanted most? Momma wanted me to stop getting up in the middle of the night and going into her room to sleep because I was scared. I knew a teddy bear would help.

A Vision Come True

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Monday, 30 November 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 497

A Vision Come True

November is National Adoption Month, and since every adoption is a miracle, we're sharing Sister Linda Scolaro's adoption journey.
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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. The Lord showed me a baby girl's face in the clouds. I knew the baby was a girl because she was wearing a Peter Pan collar. Then, I looked again, and I saw the profile of an elderly woman looking at the baby. At that moment, I realized the woman was my grandmother, who had gone on to her eternal reward.

I felt such a peace. It was as if God was telling me that (in the context of my prayer) He would grant us a baby girl.

Windows of Opportunity for Faith-building

Written by Sister Renee Scolaro on Monday, 02 November 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 879

Windows of Opportunity for Faith-building

Today's article comes to us from Sister Renee Scolaro, who reflects on the many times the Lord built her faith throughout childhood and adolescence. 

What is a “window of opportunity"? Oxford defines it as “a favorable opportunity for doing something that must be seized immediately.”

According to one source, windows of opportunity for children are optimum periods for specific areas of development. These are the times when learning in a specific area can develop at an incredible rate. These windows are only effective if there are effective environmental stimuli with which the child can interact. Most of these windows make it easier for a child to learn a certain ability. If a window is missed, it doesn’t mean that a child can’t learn a new skill, it just means that it will take more effort.

A Day With My Friends

Written by Sister Pat Valenti on Monday, 26 October 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 423

A Day With My Friends

Today's Miracle Monday story is a testimony submitted by Sister Pat Valenti about God's perfect timing and perfect provision.

Our daughter, Maria, has been blessed to be able to attend special needs programs in our local school district for most of her life. However, last year, she turned 21, which meant she was no longer eligible for these programs. Instead, we were tasked with finding a day program for her or else she would have nowhere to go and nothing to do each day. It turned out that finding a suitable program was more difficult than we had anticipated.

Days and months passed, and no suitable program seemed to be available for her. After each disappointment, I was getting more confused and feeling very abandoned by God. We had asked our friends, family, brothers, and sisters to pray that God would provide the right program for her. Why wasn't the Lord hearing our humble prayers on behalf of this sweet, innocent angel He gave to us?

An Angel in the Dark of Night

Written by Sister Patty Kerby on Monday, 05 October 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 503

An Angel in the Dark of Night

Today's Miracle Monday is from Sister Patty Kerby, where she responds to our prompt in which we requested experiences about angels.

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ for 42 years. Throughout my life and years in the church, there have been many people (earthly angels) that have come to my aid and to my family in times of need. This particular instance happened many years ago.

I was attending the Yucaipa Branch in California at the time. The church building was located about an hour from my house. I was driving by myself to a Wednesday night service. At that time, I had no cell phone — I cannot imagine myself without one now. The road that I always traveled was part freeway and part scenic winding road through mountains.

Letting Them Find Their Way

Written by Sister Lori Kimmel on Monday, 22 June 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1484

Letting Them Find Their Way

Today's Miracle Monday relates a dream given to Sister Lori Kimmel regarding her children.

You see, I sadly found myself raising my children alone when they were ages 4, 7, 9, and 11. I believed because we ended up alone that God had a plan for my children. Surely they would grow up to serve Him, become great people in the church... I just knew that THIS was the reason we went through the dark times.

As they grew, I did not find this to be the case. Some of them continued to join me at church, and others grew further away. I became frustrated with them and with God. When they chose not to go to church as older teenagers, I would get upset, and (most probably) ruin both mine and all the kids’ day. One night, God blessed me with a dream. I hope it blesses your life as it did mine!

This Is Not How to Study

Written by Lucky to Graduate on Monday, 15 June 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 442

This Is Not How to Study

We received today's Miracle Monday in response to our June prompt, where we requested that you send in school-related testimonies.

I was baptized when I was a senior in high school so I was still a relatively new member of The Church when I began college. This had obvious benefits as I was able to approach the whole experience in a prayerful manner. However, it also created some challenges as I resolved to read the entire Book of Mormon that year so I carried it with me to school, reading it in between classes. I also was so enjoying attending church that I not only attended my own branch meetings and MBA meetings but I also regularly visited the MBA meetings of another nearby branch. Studying? I’d be fitting that in when the tests came around.

It Just So Happened

Written by Brother Karl Moelke on Monday, 08 June 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 459

It Just So Happened

Today's Miracle Monday article is a story of God's provision submitted by Brother Karl Moelke from Detroit Branch 1 in Michigan.

"God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform!" – Hymn, William Cowper 1773

I lead a fairly uncomplicated life. I live alone. My personal and work life don’t require me to be on a computer at all, so my skills in that area are rather limited. That’s fine with me. I just have an older laptop in my basement and check my emails maybe once a week, primarily for church announcements. I’ve never needed to take advantage of the livestream of Sunday church services offered by my home branch as I, thankfully, have been in a position to attend our meetings in person.

Then March 2020 came along and with it, Covid-19.

No more Sunday morning services at Church. No more MBA or Sunday school. Everyone was told to stay home and stay safe.

Business Trip vs. Missionary Trip

Written by Brother Phillip Benyola on Monday, 25 May 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 477

Business Trip vs. Missionary Trip

Today's Miracle Monday is Brother Phillip Benyola's testimony of how God provided work for him in a time of need.

I was living and working in Indianapolis in April 2005, and I was asked to travel to Missouri for business on a Tuesday. I was concerned about this trip because I was also scheduled to leave for a missionary trip to Dominica on Saturday morning, just a few days later. I expected to drive back from my business trip and arrive home late Wednesday night. I knew it would be stressful, but I also knew there was plenty of time to do both; however, the meetings did not go as planned at the customer site, and they needed me to stay longer than planned to make some changes to the product we were providing. For obvious reasons, this caused me some alarm, but I knew that even if I didn’t get home until Friday, I could still make the missionary trip without a problem.

But on Friday, things went from bad to worse. The customer asked me to stay through the weekend to make the necessary changes. Of course, I was unable to do that unless I forfeited my obligation to the missionary trip, which involved another brother traveling with me. As Friday evening rolled around, I was panicking. I told the client that I could not stay over the weekend, that I had another commitment and had to leave. Of course, I was a wreck, knowing the consequences that I would face for making that decision. I arrived home after midnight and frantically packed for my 6 a.m. flight.

God Is on the Job

Written by Guest Writers on Monday, 18 May 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 942

God Is on the Job

Today, we're bringing you three Miracle Monday testimonies about how God provided work for His children.

Submitted by Sister Renee Scolaro, Mesa Branch, Arizona

In my mid-teens, when I would hear the ministry preach about our church's mission to take the gospel to Israel, and especially the tribe of Joseph, it resonated within me, and I wanted to be part of it. Upon applying for college, I asked the Lord to allow me to use my skills to serve Native People.

In 1986, an opportunity presented itself to move to Arizona. I began to search for employment at a nearby reservation and was directed to inquire at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, where I was immediately offered a position. I’ve been blessed with 34 years of continuous employment, exclusively in Indian communities.

Isolated but Closer Than Ever

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 13 April 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 610

Isolated but Closer Than Ever

We hope that you had a wonderful Easter Sunday, brothers and sisters! Last week, we asked you to share any encouraging experiences that you've had regarding our current state of self-isolation and quarantine due to coronavirus. Here are the responses we received.

Submitted by Sister Josephine Jasmin

On Sat. April 4, 2020, in the middle of the night I was unable to sleep and was feeling very irritated because I wanted to be able to see my church service at 11 a.m. I began to pray for sleep and for the situation we were having with this coronavirus outbreak. I was praying that all this would be over very soon and that we could meet together soon. Then the Spirit gave me these words: “Follow the light, Follow the light, Follow the light.” I began to ask what this meant and it was given to me that Jesus is the Light. I then began to rest and was able to get a little more rest and sleep. God is good, all the time God is good!

Waiting Patiently

Written by Sister Rebecca Wilcoxson on Monday, 02 March 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 732

Waiting Patiently

Toady's Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Rebecca Wilcoxson, and it answers the question, "How did God lead you to your spouse?"

When I was 9 years old and visiting the Clairton Branch, I was slowed from running by Brother English Webb. Once settled, he tapped his finger into my shoulder and asked my age. After my response, he informed me I was old enough to start praying for my mate. At 9, I do not think I knew the depth and totality of that task, but I set to doing as he told me. Being so young and my relationship with God being an immature one, I prayed more out of obedience to Brother English, whom I respected.

Baptized by 13, I became more earnest and intentional about praying for my mate. It was not easy turning down opportunities to go on dates or to dances in high school; however, the older I got the more convicted I was to wait on the Lord for the one He had chosen for me.

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