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

Want to use the buzz around the movie "Hacksaw Ridge" as a way to share more about Desmond Doss' life and faith with your friends? We've gathered a couple resources below:

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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.

Story by WAU Staff

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is now a participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which allows the school to offer its online courses and degree programs to students outside of the State of Maryland. SARA establishes national standards for the interstate offering of postsecondary distance education programs, and WAU is authorized to accept students into its online programs from other SARA member states and institutions.