That is an incredible piece on how a broken heart and a contrite spirit can
bring about a mighty change in a person. I do wish him the best of luck.To
the author - I was wondering why the time difference between the article and the
photos with the time stamps of May 2012?
I really want to believe that this young man has truly changed, but I would be
VERY interested in hearing an update of his lifestyle and life-choices 5 years
down the road.Sounds to me like he has learned all of the
"right" things to say, (in other words what judges, probation officers,
sympathetic reporters, etc. want to hear) and he is playing on people's
general nature to want to hear and believe stories of redemption and triumph
over one's past.If he slips up, I can't imagine that
he's going to find any leniency from the court, so hopefully he is indeed
determined to learn from his past mistakes.
Big Easy: Having worked in corrections I find your comments typical of the
attitude I frequently encountered. They haven't really changed. They are
just saying they found god and religion to win sympathy from the courts, etc.
The scriptures are full of examples of a mighty change of heart. I believe five
years from how he will still be on the right path.
THanks for sharing another inspirational story. I too am grateful for His
atonement. My life (and eternity) would not be the same without it.Best wishes to Brother Brown - and to all who seek the mighty change of heart
referred to herein.
You only have to look at the photos to see the true change that has taken place
in this boy's life. He glows. That only comes through the Savior and His
power to sanctify. Keep up the good work Gregory and continue to hold fast to
the iron rod.
Too late Gregory Brown,they already have they're hooks in you......
Thank you so much for your support. I am so thankful for this life and even more
the atonement of Jesus Christ. Change is possible and that is a beautiful thing.
Brothers, sisters Thank You! I know sometimes people can be skeptical of change
in an individual and that is understandable. I know more through actions and
less through words you will know the veracity of their change. "By their
fruits will you know them." Love is really the changing force in this world.
Love for yourself, love for The Savoir and love for all others. God bless!
Good for your change to be a good citizen of the community. Life is painfully
and you will have continued challenges. We all do! Keep holding tight
and don't let go. Hugs! We had a son who died of a drug overdose. It was so
hard for him. He knew what was right, but just couldn't keep it together.
Every day is a renewal for all of us. Write your book! Hugs again!
Nice story about redemption. I think of the prodigal son story, and of his
similar path to forgiveness. Good for you, Gregory, and I have full confidence
that you will stay on this new life path, and I wish you all the best!
BigEasy isn't paying attention to the full story. Gregory has shown by his
actions that he has changed. It's more than just his words that have
proven his transformation. I feel that his experience on that last night of
crime was so life changing that it permanently affected him. I know people who
were so far off the right path I wondered if they would ever make a change
completely change into a healthy, happy, contributing member of society. These
people more than anyone know what it is to be in the depths of hell and they do
not want to go back. They put the past behind them but they never really want
to forget for fear they might go back. I look at them and don't even see
the person they were before. The power of the atonement is amazing. Gregory is
human. He will make mistakes in the future. But I think he should be given the
benefit of the doubt. Only God can truly know someone's heart. "Judge
not that ye be not judged. Condemn not lest ye be condemned."