Vai,I just read this as somehow I missed it last month.I
think it was awesome. You are a great example for all of us Utah Mormons.Keep it up!
What a wonderful friendship, Vai! Makes me miss all my NY friends and family -
Maz would fit right in! RIP Maz - thanks for enriching ALL of our lives!!
Ditto with the waterworks as I read your fine article. I was at a dinner table
with the Editor of the Deseret News when one of the other guests told him that
you were his favorite part of the paper. I would have to agree.
Vai enjoy your column , From your story I almost believe I knew Mr. Mazza.
Always looking forward for next story. I got to meet the CEO Desert news two
weeks ago in Oakland temple he came to speak to our YSA group in the bay. He
spoke very highly of you . Anyway thanks for all you do.
Good grief Vai, you create a condition worse than the longest day of Alfalfa
cutting in Utah.It's not very often I read the DN online
looking for tissues, but you did it. To say Thank you for telling us all about
Maz seems insufficient...But, Thank you. Thank you for the terrific human
interest, emotional, funny and sensitive insight to a friend. Thank you for
reminding us what is most important in life. Thank you for sharing. Thank you.
Make sure you tell Maz's family thank you for his life from
your fans. My life feels enriched just reading about Maz. Love your articles.
Dear Brother Vai,I read your articles every time I see your name. You have
influenced my thinking and to you Mahalo. Brother Shumway and I loved your dear
son when he served so very well in Makaha. Thank you so much for sharing your
son in Hawaii. Argie and Gene Shumway
Love people like Maz. Thank you so much for sharing with us your great stories
with Maz. I, too, felt like I knew him through your story.
WOW! ! ! !
Great article, very touching and well-written!
Vai, what a beautiful story of true and devoted friendship. Having served myself
and sent three sons on missions, I am moved to tears. Mahalo for sharing it.
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.
awesome story-- thanks so much
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.
Thanks, Vai. I hope to meet Tom one day.
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.
You warmed my heart and took away the stress of life for a while. with this
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.
sometimes you're the only book of mormon some people will ever read.
Vai, I'm typing with tears in my eyes. Great article. Thanks
for sharing a great story.
Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it with us, Vai!
Something in the air here today...Sniff...Beautiful...thanks, Vai. I had
an uncle you would have loved as you did Maz.
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
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.
Thanks for the ongoing inspiration you provide in each column you write.
Thanks, that was a great article.
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.
This world needs more people like him. THanks for sharing!
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!
You did it again Vai. Always looking for your column.
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!