The Three-Year Miracle
We hope you enjoyed last week's YIA series! Today, we're bringing you a school-related miracle from Sister Erin Light told timeline-style. Click here to share your school testimonies with us!
A new college grad, I received a job offer from a memory lab at UCSD that had no posted openings. In August, I started working full-time doing memory research on veterans at the V.A. Hospital.
The job turned out to be a Godsend. I had a federal government salary with benefits for a two-year timeline. Plus, the laboratory professor's prominence in neuroscience guaranteed me acceptance to any graduate program. His letters of recommendation carried that much weight.
Preparing for my job's termination in a year, I applied to five graduate programs.
I received five rejection letters from all the universities to the surprise of myself, my family, and especially my professor, who had never in 40 years had an employee receive a rejection letter. I continued to pray, trusting God would reveal everything in time.
My mother, Sister Carolyn Light, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I praised God for my rejection letters. Had I started graduate school in fall 2012, I would have dropped out to take care of Mom during treatment.
My professor requested that I work an extra year because I was valuable to the lab.
Because I continued working at the VA, I was located a mere mile from where Mom got her radiation treatments. My professor graciously granted longer lunches so I could visit her almost every day for two months.
Mom finished treatments and began the road to recovery.
Mom helped me search again for graduate programs and found one I had overlooked at USC. I realized it was ideal in more ways that I can explain. My love for the aging population had deepened through my job experience, and I applied.
I began my one and only one graduate application to USC. Before I had even turned in all the required documents, I received an early-acceptance letter from based on my GPA, my professor's letter of recommendation, my CV, and the Lord's handiwork. Praise God! When I couldn't see far enough ahead, He could and worked everything out perfectly.
I pray this will be an encouragement to you to continue to pray patiently for whatever decisions are in your life.
Summer Reading Challenge Daily Assignment
3 Nephi 24-27
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