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Miracle at Kwajalein

During a recent church conference session, President Thomas S. Monson, the president and prophet of the LDS Church, gave a great talk. From a recent article summarizing his talk (emphasis mine):

President Monson related a World War II incident that was reported by a war correspondent. It took place as U.S. Marines were taking Kwajalein Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The reporter and other correspondents noticed a Marine lying face down in the water, badly wounded. Another Marine, also wounded, with his left arm hanging helplessly by his side, moved toward his wounded comrade and lifted his head to keep him from drowning. The rescuer called for help, but the correspondents called back that there was nothing he could do for the young man.

The correspondent reported that the rescuer, badly wounded himself, made his way to the shore with the seemingly lifeless body of his fellow Marine. The correspondent wrote: "And the one boy bowed his head over the other and said, 'I command you, in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the priesthood, to remain alive until I can get medical help.'"

"The correspondent concluded his article, 'The three of us [the two Marines and I] are here in the hospital. The doctors don't know ... [how they made it alive], but I know.'"

President Monson declared, "Miracles are everywhere to be found when the priesthood is understood, its power is honored and used properly and faith is exerted."

As I listened to that story, tears came to my eyes. God is powerful. When God works through us, we can be powerful too.