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Published: Friday, Aug. 17 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

Thank you Vai, each week I await your column, IMO you are the best DN writer. I lived in Philadelphia for 7 years during the 80's while the church was beginning to show signs of growth. I believe It is because of members like yourself who put down roots and stayed in the area that the church has grown to become recognized as a force for good in the region.

Thank you again for all you do, I look forward to joining you and all the Philadelphia Saints when the temple is dedicated!


You did it again Vai. Always looking for your column.

Laie, HI

In reading this article, I felt like I knew Tom myself. I could practically hear him loudly telling his stories in a brusque Philly accent. Thank you for sharing this touching story!

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

This world needs more people like him. THanks for sharing!

common sense in Idaho
Pocatello, id

As a father who recently had a son return from the Philadelphia mission I just wanted to say thank you Vai for a wonderful story. It also brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for making my day.

Sandy, UT

Thanks, that was a great article.


Thanks for the ongoing inspiration you provide in each column you write.

Pocatello, ID

I love the Lord's children like your Maz. They help us stay grounded and real. What a wonderful friendship you have shared with us. I have such respect for people who can say "no" to the white shirts and yet still understand the moments of sacredness that are important to people and do it with such dignity. There is a time and place for all things. I'm sure Paradise is more fun for having welcomed Maz through the gates.

Robb Cundick
Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks so much, Vai. This is one of your best. I'm so impressed that you were able to accept Tom's initial frank criticism without being threatened by it and then go on to become close friends. It would have been so easy to just brush him off. What a great example of loving and respecting everyone and not being afraid to engage with someone who had a greatly different background from your own.

Orem, UT

Something in the air here today...Sniff...
Beautiful...thanks, Vai. I had an uncle you would have loved as you did Maz.

Austin, TX

Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it with us, Vai!

Orem, UT


I'm typing with tears in my eyes. Great article. Thanks for sharing a great story.

American Fork, UT

sometimes you're the only book of mormon some people will ever read.

American Fork, UT

Mahalo Vai for your story about Maz. Reading about him and his stories and how kind he was to the guys in the white shirts, due in part to your friendship, reminded me of my family members who are not Mormons and are kind, funny, and helpful. May God comfort the family of Maz and rest his soul.

u.s.a., NY

You warmed my heart and took away the stress of life for a while. with this article.
Thank you

Provo, UT

As usual your article was uplifting and memory invoking. Had a Greek uncle Tony who could double for Maz. Hope you gather together some of your best articles and publish a book. It would be a best seller in the LDS community.

Orem, UT

Thanks, Vai. I hope to meet Tom one day.

Spanish Fork, Ut

Dang hay fever. Thanks Vai. Imagine the friendship you would have lost had you said something in retort when Maz first spoke to you. What a good example of how to treat others . I wish I would have known Maz - what a character. Keep up the good work. I love you articles.

Oakley, ID

awesome story-- thanks so much

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Incredible story. I'm so sorry you lost your friend, especially to such a disease as ALS. Everybody needs somebody like Tom Mazza in their lives. Sounds like he had a heart of gold. What a wonderful tribute this article was to him.

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