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Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Just an Observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris,
I agree with dtlenox, and will add to that. I have told my children--precisely because I have done an extreme amount of questioning myself--that they will find things that will make them say, "there's no way the LDS Church could be true." On the other hand, they will also find at least as many things that will make them say, "there's no way the LDS Church could not be true." The deciding factor is. . . (drum roll please) . . . in living the Gospel the best they can. As they do that, they will see the most important things in their lives--relationships with spouse and family members--becoming better than they could ever hope for otherwise. On top of that, they will have a supreme clarity of understanding, and see themselves becoming far better people than their natures would indicate being possible. They will see that they really do have the potential to go beyond the human toward the divine. And that, of course, is the underlying doctrine of the Church, which confirms the truthfulness of all their considerable efforts.

coltakashi
Richland, WA

Spielberg's producer on Schindler's List was Gerald Molen, a Mormon, who also produced The Other Side of Heaven, a movie about John Groberg's first mission to Tonga. So it is possible that Spielberg could see the discovery of happiness in religious faith as a happy ending. Certainly religious faith is important for many African Americans. Maybe Snoop Dogg could play his cousin.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

I have never been a fan of lotteries. I believe they are immoral and prey on peoples desire to get rich quick. What that in mind I suggest that if someone does win the lottery make them wait 30 days for the loot. Maybe up to 100 grand up front no more. Mandate meeting with a CPA, estate attorney or highly competent financial planner before any more payout. Maybe even have the winner and family meet with a professional counselor and discuss the ramifications. If I ever won a lot of money I would pay my debts, set some aside and give the rest to charity.

Kennyray
Ft. Worth, TX

Amazing. Here's a feel-good story about someone [right, wrong or indifferent) that had something pretty cool happen to them after a bummer and the hater just got to go off on him and the Mormons. Seriously -- some of all y'all need to get a hobby!

Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

How much better off he would have been if he'd won the lottery AND embraced the LDS religion after the fact. THAT would make a great story even better.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

He makes good choices, I was afraid it was going to say he was republican. Now I want to meet him and vote for him.

roberto
Moses Lake, WA

Holy cow Chris, I used to get ticked reading some of your posts. Now I just feel sorry for you. This is a great story. We'd all do well to relive our own conversion stories. For those of us who don't have one yet, we'd do well to follow the same path(minus the lotto ticket) such as read and pray.

OnlyInUtah
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Speilberg, like all Hollywood elitists, is clueless about what true happiness is.

laVerl 09
St Johns, AZ

The imagery of a winning lottery ticket held up side by side for comparison with a temple recommend will remain in my mind forever as a superb discussion and teaching tool. Thank you!

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

I am currently in the same ward as Clearance...just a great guy.

crunchem
Cedar City, Utah

"Jackson was unaware that he could claim the ticket by going to the store where he had purchased it before midnight."

amazing that somewhere on the back of the ticket there wasn't some language that stated this fact.

all's well that ends well, I guess

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