Story by Edwin Manuel Garcia
Before he saved dozens of wounded soldiers on the front lines during World War II, which earned him a Medal of Honor, Seventh-day Adventist combat medic Desmond Doss (pictured below with President Harry Truman) was called a misfit for refusing to carry a weapon, and commanders ostracized him for observing the Sabbath.
Life wasn’t easy for Doss and other Adventists in the U.S. armed forces.
But 70 years later, the military has become a more welcoming institution for Adventists, according to active and retired military personnel within the Columbia Union. This is a marked change from when Doss enlisted as a noncombatant with conscientious objector status.
Story by North American Division Communication Staff
Story by the Desmond Doss Council
On April 1, 1942, Desmond Doss joined the United States Army. Little did he realize that three and a half years later, he would be standing on the White House lawn, receiving the nation’s highest award for his bravery and courage under fire.
Of the 16 million men in uniform during World War II, only 431 received the Congressional Medal of Honor. One of these was placed around the neck of a young Seventh-day Adventist Christian, who during combat had not killed a single enemy soldier. In fact, he refused to carry a gun. His only weapons were his Bible and his faith in God.
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals don't have to be full of fat and sugar. Try these healthy, hearty vegetarian recipes from chef Clara Iuliano, first published in the 2012 Visitor calendar.
Nutty Harvest Loaf
2 c chopped onions
3 c chopped celery
1 lb extra firm, water-packed tofu
½ c reduced fat mayonnaise or Nayonaise
¼ c reduced sodium soy sauce
1 ½ tsp sage
1 tsp onion powder
4 ½ c organic herb stuffing (e.g., Arrowhead Mills)
2/3 c chopped walnuts
2/3 c chopped pecans
First cold-press extra virgin olive oil for sautéing
Story by Visitor Staff
Ricardo Bacchus (pictured) joined the Visitor staff this week. Bacchus will serve as assistant director of the Columbia Union Conference Communication Department and assistant Visitor editor, coordinating and editing the conference and academy newsletters in each issue. He previously worked at the General Conference, helping to coordinate and edit Elder’s Digest and Collegiate Quarterly.