Prison chaplains: The ups and downs of ministering to the incarcerated

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  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    May 7, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    A paying job in Religion is just that a paying job in Religion. No heavy lifting required. I never met a Chaplain I didn't like, Religious Inmates on the other hand somewhat different depending on the individual.

    In the LDS Church. To often those that want to help can't get called, and those that get called, for one reason or another can't get in.

    A Chaplain is trained to serve all the people inmate or staff and of any faith group or no faith group at all.

    I have seen a lot of Inmate Religion in my time and season, seen it come and seen it go, and seen it come back. Never would I judge, Gods job not mine.

    Inmate Religion is somewhat like service mans Religion, you take it as it comes, and it is how it is. Someone is always hanging around with a Bible and a way of life.

    My overall experience with Chaplains has been very good. Theirs is a hard job. I always wish them well.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    May 4, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Inmates don't need a chaplain, color tv's, work out facilities, visitors, mail or anything else. They need a bed, bathroom, 2 meals a day and an occasional walk.

  • katamb-midvale Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 10, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    I love these stories on Mormon Times and elsewhere. What a great job/mission they do to help the inmates who want to find peace. I only pray someday they'll be able to get through to the most violent of the inmates, especially those in gangs who come out and just go back into the gangs again.