That is true class - to encourage the local members to, in essence, not worry
about the cause of the fire but to move forward with a forgiving attitude. You
don't hear that too much in society these days.It is
frustrating when those who disagree with others demonstrate it through vandalism
and/or acts of violence. In most cases, the normal response is to respond in
kind. This results in an escalating situation which seldom improves. It is so
much better to let things go and move on.If there are still some of
the members around who were part of the initial construction, it will be an
emotional time. I hope they have stored their memories and will be able to be
grateful for the new building that will replace the one they lost.
This is heart breaking for church members. We have experienced that same thing
in Lake Havasu City, our small building build by our hands was set afire, no
other LDS building for our use,however, the 7th Day Adventist church came to our
rescue and we used their building until the 3 hour block program went into
effect, and we needed additional space in order to do that. We were then
offered to rent the Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday for Relief
Society and Wednesday night for MIA. We are grateful for that church who helped
us to continue to worship the Lord as we we believed. Our memories of the
little buildiing started when we were less than 100 members, are many. We now
have a beautiful Stake Center here on ground given to us by Mr. MCCulloch
because his comment was if you have churches in a community the community will
grow. He was right. Thanks to him we have grown.
Not only will this strengthen the testimonies of the members of the Tolleson
Building area, but I imagine it will increase the attendance. "Trials make
our faith grow stronger, Truth is nobler than a crown."
To forgive is fine. But the person that did the crime should be tried and
Luckily it was just the building that was destroyed in the fire. None of the
worshipers or firefighters were reported as being injured. And from the
article, I assume that nearby homes were also not destroyed or damaged.