Although it's not quite October yet, we're starting with marriage-related Miracle Mondays. Thanks to everyone who contributed! The first story is from Sister KarenJo Pandone.
The week before GMBA Campout 1991, I received a phone call from the brother who was in charge of seminars asking me if I could teach a seminar for one day.
First of all, I'm not a teacher, and that's not something that comes easily to me. Second, I was already in charge of registration. Anyone who has had this responsibility at GMBA camp knows how busy the last week gets with preparing the registration packets and getting last minute things done.
My first reaction and also my first answer was "No!" I'm too busy. I'm not a teacher. I can't do this! Several phone calls later that week, this brother persisted with his plea and said, "You won't be alone. You'll be teaching with someone else, Brother Mike Pandone."
I was raised in The Church by parents who felt motivated to attend as many church activities and conferences as possible (especially my father); therefore, I knew quite a few people from numerous locations, but Mike Pandone was a name that wasn't familiar to me at all.
"I know Pandones, but I've never heard of this guy. Who is he?" The brother went on to explain that he was from Youngstown, Ohio and was the head deacon at this year's camp. Eventually, I broke down and said, "I'll help, but don't expect too much."
What I didn't know was that the brother in charge of seminars that year had a desire for a different couple to teach the 13 to 15 year old seminar each day. As he prayed, various names came to him, and two of those names were Michael's and mine, even though we weren't a couple. Anyhow, he went with the Spirit.
Fast forward to June 1992 when Michael and I became engaged.
When Michael called his parents to let them know about the engagement, his father, Brother Don Pandone, said that a brother from Ohio had given him a dream about us. The week before the 1991 Campout, this brother was praying for the young people who would be attending that year. He had a dream in which he saw Michael and me getting married. He said he couldn't remember seeing us together before but watched as our relationship developed at camp. He wrote the dream down and gave it to Brother Don who held onto it until after our engagement so it could confirm our decision.
I know without a doubt in my mind that the Lord brought us together.
Oh, there have been times that I've thought, "Lord, are you really sure about this?! We have totally different personalities." But as the years pass (22 in November), we have one thing in common: our love for the Lord and the work of The Church.
So, I guess my answer from the Lord is, "Yes." He's sure. The Lord knew what He had planned for Michael and me.
November Miracle Monday Theme
It may sound somewhat strange, but November's theme is going to be death, passing from this life to the next. Did the Lord give you an experience to comfort you after a loved one passed? Did He teach you something special about death? Perhaps you had an experience where your self-will or your dreams had to "die." Tell us about it!
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