Thanks to ALL involved...I've heard before that one can't successfully
take the person out of the "hood". One must take the "hood" out
of the person!! Through the gospel of Jesus Christ this IS possible!! Congrats
to those who have persevered in/out of places and situations where they've
grown up...ANY BAD situation. May the gospel(through each of us) continue to
spread the Good News that we all may have a chance to change to become the best
we can upon this earth and through our earthly trials...
The Gospel is for everyone. EVERY ONE...
Great story! Thanks for sharing
Thank you, very much, for this article. Really enjoyed it, and I felt the
Spirit's sweetness as I read it. Our family spent time in Florida and
Massachusetts, with wonderful members and non-members alike. Beautiful
I usually don't comment, but this is the second article that has addressed
the LDS Church in the Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission in the last couple of
months. The last article was on Church growth in SE Florida and the amount of
negative comments was a bit discouraging. Especially when the article
highlighted people, wards, and an area that I associate with two of the most
influential years of my life. In contrast to those negative comments, this
story highlights the amazing things that are happening in SE Florida, Boston,
and all around us. I served there from 1997-1999 and, even though I never
served with Elder Antoine, I always heard great things about him and would have
been honored to knock doors with him. I had a few companions that had been his
companions as well and the reports were always positive. I remember hearing of
the events described through the mission "grapevine," but for me this
story emphasizes the Miracle of Forgiveness and the faith this great Elder has.
Thanks for a great reminder of what really matters most.
This story is incredible because it is about some incredible people. This needs
to be widely circulated among the youth of the church to help any and all of
them recognize how they can make their way through even the most daunting
experiences. Thanks to all of you for living the gospel and thanks to Jeff for
writing the story. And thanks to Levi's mother for being the one who
demonstrated that her son believed it because his mother taught it.
Thank you so very much for this wonderful story of courage and change. It
teaches us all about how much God loves us and helps us. I'm grateful for
it because I have not lived in this situation and truly can't understand
how very hard it is to make the necessary changes. This helps me become more
sensitive to those around me who need friendship, unconditional love and a hand
Beautiful, just beautiful.
Jeff, How do we thank you for bringing this story to light!? I wish every young
person in this world could hear these amazing men speak and tell their stories!!
They are courageous shining stars!! Thank God for people like you willing to
make a difference and for giving them hope when all seemed hopeless!!! And thank
you, Levi, Jason & Henry - for your examples of courage, resilience and
perseverance. Levi, I have a friend who needs to hear your story - I will share
it today. I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to your Mom, too! I
can tell she is a woman of great faith! God Bless you all! You are my heroes!
Lisa in South Carolina