Testimonies

Finding My 'Connection' as an Adopted Child

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 12 December 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 293

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 375

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 314

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 346

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 319

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 349

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 376

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.

Songs, Scriptures, and Sorrys

Written by Brother Tim Scolaro on Monday, 10 October 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 623

Songs, Scriptures, and Sorrys

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Brother Tim Scolaro that shows how God's word can have a huge impact on our relationships with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

I attended a singspiration event at which a brother sang a song in a way that I thought was not sufficiently reverent — it was a country-western type song, and I felt he was taking it to extremes.

I found myself commenting with some other saints after the meeting about how I did not think it was appropriate. One of these individuals was particularly close to this brother. I did not realize at the time how it made that person feel, nor did I think much about the fact that I felt free to make such comments.

Born and Raised … Or Not (Part 1)

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 27 September 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 376

Born and Raised … Or Not (Part 1)

We often throw a phrase around in our Church that a large part of our population can identify with: “born and raised.” You’ve heard it dozens of times and probably have even said it a few times during your testimony. So many of us have had the opportunity to be under the sound of the Gospel since birth or a very young age. Our parents, our grandparents, our aunts and uncles — someone brought us to church each week, and it’s all we’ve ever known.

But what about those Saints who had the opposite experience? What about those who met our precious pearl years later? Perhaps they were introduced by their girlfriend, their classmate, a flier hanging in the local library. Are their conversion stories any less great because they met The Church of Jesus Christ later in life?

Absolutely not.

The Most Popular Gospel Blog Post of 2016 (So Far)

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 08 September 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 440

The Most Popular Gospel Blog Post of 2016 (So Far)

Today, we thought it would be fun to re-blog the "most popular" article that we've published since the start of 2016. Since our metrics are rudimentary to say the least, we based popularity solely on the number of website hits (1,414). This post was written by Sister Enza Pusillo and published on Feb. 29 2016, Leap Year Day.

Love at its best is a verb. Demonstrated with actions, this kind of love speaks louder than words. Many times it means “showing up.”

I have been blessed to see the love of God in action expressed by the kindness of my brothers and sisters in times of need. Today, I want to tell about three wonderful saints and their compassion that stands as a testimony to God’s goodness working through them.

A Blessed Accident

Written by Sister Diana Stigleman-Houlihan on Thursday, 01 September 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 477

A Blessed Accident

Today, we're sharing a testimony that we received from Sister Diana Stigleman-Houlihan. Enjoy!

At the time, I was working a split-shift, part-time job when an opportunity came for full-time employment. The night before I was to go for my interview, I had an auto accident. I was so tired from the odd hours and days I worked that I did not see that the vehicle ahead of me had actually stopped at the light to make a left-hand turn.

I hit her car and pulled away, hitting a parked truck that was hauling new cars. God watched over me, as He guided me into the back tire of that truck. If I had hit its solid metal frame, I could have been killed.

God as Our Guide

Written by Sister Donna Bogle on Monday, 29 August 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 458

God as Our Guide

Today's Miracle Monday is a sweet story by Sister Donna Bogle. Enjoy!

When turning 18, most young people (and their parents) look forward to choosing a college or university, completing senior projects and pictures, going to prom, and the excitement of impending graduation to name a few. Our family isn't like "most," but we've still seen God's great hand in our lives.

Having an autistic son has presented us with many challenges and countless blessings in our “peculiar” (1 Pe. 2:9) path. When our son turned 18, my husband and I began the process of applying for guardianship so that we can continue to be responsible for him. Unless we petition for guardianship, the law says that he can make decisions for himself regarding his health, safety, and all areas of life. Presently, Jacob isn't capable of doing this.

God Clears the Road to Recovery

Written by Sister Debby Dye on Monday, 15 August 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 493

God Clears the Road to Recovery

Today's Miracle Monday is the life-changing testimony of Sister Debby Dye.

I found myself sitting alone and miserable in my bedroom. This had become the norm for me over the last few months.

I had moved back with my ex-husband after many conversations about reconciliation. After the first couple of weeks living there, I realized what a big mistake I had made. His promises were empty. All he wanted was a maid and someone to help finance his addiction, which ultimately turned into a relapse for me. Soon, we were always fighting. I was miserable and sick, both physically and at heart.

I'd put God on the back burner and forgotten how to pray.

Praying for the Storm to Cease

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 21 July 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 576

Praying for the Storm to Cease

"And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." – Mark 4:37-39.

This scripture has come to life twice for my family and me in the last 10 years. The first time was during Hurricane Ike in September 2008. We'd been through a couple near misses down in Houston, Texas, but this was our first experience dealing head-on with a hurricane.

God's Tender Call

Written by Sister Vanessa Tostado on Monday, 18 July 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 538

God's Tender Call

Today's Miracle Monday is a conversion testimony submitted by Sister Vanessa Tostado. Since church camps and conferences play a big role in her story, we think it's very appropriate to share in the wake of GMBA camp and the summer YIA tours. There's also one other reason why this article is super timely — can you spot it in the article?

At GMBA Camp in 1998, we had a wonderful seminar for the youth. My brother had been recently baptized, and I was beginning to contemplate baptism. I remember that, in the seminar, while the ministers were praying for others, I went up to Brother Phil Jackson and began to cry, telling him I didn't want to die by the fountain. He cried with me, prayed for me, and gave me a big hug like my father would've — something I will never forget.

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