Testimonies

Remembering the Zioneers

Written by Brother Joe Nicosia on Monday, 16 October 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 382

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 262

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 330

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 519

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 436

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 501

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 909

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 882

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 740

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 853

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.

The Best Gift

Written by Sister Cathy Genaro on Monday, 28 November 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 774

The Best Gift

Today, we're starting our Christmas testimonies a little early with this sweet story submitted by Sister Cathy Genaro. We think it offers some wonderful perspective as we head full swing into the Christmas season.

As young parents, my husband and I always tried to stress the importance of the "reason for the season." Sometimes I would bake a cake, and we would sing "happy birthday, dear Jesus!" We enjoyed the traditional gift giving, festive food, lights, and decorations, but we always wanted our children to know that Christmas was about Christ.

Something Beautiful, Something Good

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 813

Something Beautiful, Something Good

This article is Part 3 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

“No amount of debate or list of fact will convince anyone that Christ died for their sins or that this is THE Church of Jesus Christ. True conviction comes through the manifestation of the spirit and power of Christ.” – Brother Frank Natoli, Detroit, Michigan

Some churches have contemporary worship services. Some offer free meals. Some even have Starbucks in their lobbies. Each church advertises something that sets it apart from the rest. Something to draw in those who are searching.

The Church of Jesus Christ has that something. But it doesn’t come in the form of a hot cup of cappuccino.

The Courage to Change

Written by Sister Edna Calabrese on Monday, 14 November 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 771

The Courage to Change

Today, we're bringing you another thankful-themed Miracle Monday. This one is from Sister Edna Calabrese.

One of my very first experiences with the Lord was at age 15. I had many struggles, as most 15-year-olds do, and I had tested my parents to the point that they did not know what to do with me. I was angry most of the time.

I was in a gang of girls, and we bullied and partied; we owned the town of McKees Rocks, PA, at least we thought we did. I was confused and in over my head.

Prayers, Hand in Hand

Written by Sister Suzanne Beeman on Monday, 07 November 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 801

Prayers, Hand in Hand

Today, we're bringing you the first of our thankful-themed Miracle Mondays. Here, Sister Suzanne Beeman shares a testimony in honor of Sister Doreen Perri. Enjoy!

Anyone who has met Brother Rob or me has heard us gush about our miracle son, Jordan Beeman. Jordan was my fifth pregnancy and our only child.

My entire pregnancy was blessed due to God’s grace, the laying on of hands, and the prayers of the saints. The goal for the pregnancy was to reach 24 weeks. There were three episodes where I thought I miscarried … again. Another blessing was that Jordan’s kidney condition was diagnosed prior to birth, which I have no doubt saved him from suffering and, worse, losing a kidney.

All Because of a Welcome

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 847

All Because of a Welcome

This article is Part 2 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

“I remember how nice everyone was to me on my first visit to The Church, and I was surprised because they didn’t even know me. Everyone was greeting me. I was very shy, but it felt wonderful; it did not make me feel uncomfortable. I did not quite know what I was experiencing or what I was feeling.” – Sister Wendy Giannetti, Mesa, Arizona

It’s not easy to walk into a room full of people you don’t know. Perhaps you came on the arm of your boyfriend, as Sister Wendy did. Or maybe it was your girlfriend, like Brother Bob Batson. Either way, dozens of people greeting you and asking who you are and where you’re from? Not the typical way we like to spend our Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights.

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