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Who was Martin Luther?

Martin Luther's early life

On November 10, 1483, Hans Luther, a miner by trade, and his wife, Margaretta, welcomed their first baby into the world. Few remember John and Margaret (as they’re sometimes referred to), but everybody knows their son: Martin. In 1497, at the age of 14, Martin Luther was sent to Magdeburg to attend a Franciscan school where discipline was so harsh that Luther mentions having been flogged 15 times in a single day.

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Who was Desmond Doss of Hacksaw Ridge?

Desmond Doss, a World War II medic of the 77th Army Division, served at Hacksaw Ridge on Okinawa, a small island off the coast of Japan. The first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor, Doss had a strong faith in God and reverence for the Bible as well as the Ten Commandments. While he didn’t carry a gun into battle, Doss was never unarmed. He carried with him his Bible and his undying faith.

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