Generation Gap Interview: Brother Joseph Draskovich and Logan Ali
My father, Joseph Draskovich, did not know The Church of Jesus Christ until he was 12 years old. His grandfather (Joseph Draskovich Sr.) was an immigrant from Croatia who did not drive. One day, as Joseph walked home after getting food for his family, Brother Fred Fair of Greensburg gave him a ride and told him about the church.
My great-grandfather eventually joined the church and shared the gospel with his daughter-in-law, Sister Anna Draskovich. She became a faithful member and taught my father and his five siblings about God. My son Logan interviewed my dad once for a Sunday school project and this is one of the things he took notes on from that kitchen table interview.
My pap saw that each day his mom would kneel and pray on the third step of the staircase in their house as the kids got ready for school. One day he asked God, "Why does my mother pray so much? Do you hear her prayers?" That night he had a dream.
In the dream, it looked like the world had come to an end because everything was dark and smoky. Pap felt a gentle hand take his hand. It was Jesus. He showed Pap his house, which was burned to the ground, and the only thing left was the staircase. Jesus said, "Behold, your mother prays," and pap saw his mother kneeling at the bottom of the stairs like she always did. Everywhere Jesus walked with my pap in the dream where it was burned became beautiful and green again. Pap said he understood then why his mother prayed. It was because "things that are impossible with men are possible with God."
I think that dream shows that through the toughest times, prayer can lead you through it, since in the dream everything was gone except for the staircase. The part where Jesus walked with my grandfather shows that Jesus can make things new and beautiful again.
NOTE: The photo is of Brother Joseph blessing Logan.
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