'Exactly what I needed': From life of crime to life of faith, man looks to help those in dark places

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  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    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."

  • dtlenox Olympia, WA
    Feb. 12, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    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!

  • june Provo, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    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!

  • Gregory Brown Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    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!

  • Richard Larson Galt, CA
    Feb. 11, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    Too late Gregory Brown,they
    already have they're hooks in you......

  • Leo Femedlers El Paso, TX
    Feb. 11, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    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.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    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.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    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.

  • BigEasySLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    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.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Feb. 10, 2013 8:10 p.m.

    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?