"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
I am currently in the same ward as Clearance...just a great guy.
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!
Speilberg, like all Hollywood elitists, is clueless about what true happiness
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
Chris,I am LDS and I fully understand the the leaders in the Church
are mere men and they have their faults and they are certainly fallible. It is
the doctrine that I believe. It is a doctrine of hope and a doctrine that
inspires me to be a better person. I find some of these things in other
religions but I never feel some need to tear them down or denigrate them in any
manner. The founding principle of this great nation was the freedom to practice
your religion. I have to agree with an earlier poster that you have some
nagging issue with the Church and you have become the epitome of the old adage
"You can leave the Church but you cannot leave it alone". You may never
have been a member but you certainly feel some compulsion to attack the Church
at every opportunity. I would hope that you find some happiness in
your life and let go of this feeling that you have to challenge the Church at
Contrary to popular opinion, everyone – Church member or not – is
highly encouraged to seek truth and discover discrepancies as they may be. There
is a problem, however, when people listen to the prophets and take them solely
at their word. Prophets, Apostles and other called Church leaders
are people – just like you and me. To ascribe them as more is a great
mistake often made by the uninformed. They have their own opinions that may or
may not be entirely true. It is only when the Prophet speaks in the name of the
Lord that he is to be taken completely at his word. Don’t confuse the two.
Doing so can result in what you perceive as inconsistencies that only exist in
your mind.So, go ahead, investigate to your heart’s content.
Just remember that an opinion is not necessarily doctrine – although it
may well be. “. . .ask God . . . in the name of Christ . . . and . . . he
will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”
ChrisYour statement is incorrect. Church leaders do encourage honest
investigation of the church, but they encourage you to investigate with the
highest authority: God. If I truly believed in God and believed that He answers
prayers (I think we can agree that leadership in the LDS church do believe those
things) then I would definitely not go telling people to pray about the truth of
my work if I didn't know what the answer was. The constant encouragement to
develop a personal testimony and relationship with God in the LDS church is a
sign of extreme confidence. As for anti mormon literature, I have never known a
person to be punished for reading it.
So when will Snoop Dog or Snoop Lion as he is now called be baptized?? That
would be awesome. Plus, Snoop's kids play football. Maybe BYU could start
scouting. I would love for Snoop to become a big donor.
To Chris B, I disagree with your statement that the LDS
leadership frowns on honest investigation. You are apparently looking at it from
a much different perspective than I. I think what the leadership (and most
members) frown on is when someone comes to a conclusion contrary to the basic
doctrines of the church and then, as a member, tries to persuade other members
to come to that same conclusion. There is nothing wrong with honest
investigation in and of itself. I have done a fair amount of it myself, and come
to much different conclusions than it seems that you have. I have found that in
this type of evaluation, one must consider the positive as well as the negative
evidence, and weigh them in the balance. I happen to find that the positive
evidence far outweighs the negative, coming to a conclusion in favor of the
basic doctrines and beliefs of the LDS faith. For the non-basic doctrines and
beliefs, such as those open to speculation, one can come to one's own
conclusions and keep those opinions for an appropriate time and place (i.e. in
private conversation and not usually in a church meeting)
Another triumph for old names in the Area Book...
Great story!and Chris B...The money does not guarantee
anything remotely close to freedom. As in all things earthly, they are
temporary.As the altar boy I know you are, (by your own admission by
the way), I'm sure you're just yanking us around.
Bravo, Mr. Jackson. I've always believed that one of the greatest gifts
you can give others is to set an example of how to be strong in the face of
adversity. The effects of this gift will echo, ripple, and reverberate for
Now wait, before everybody starts beating up Chris. He didn't say which
does what.From what I have seen in the lives of people that go from
poor to rich, the money will "One brings countless limits and no
freedom". Think of it those that get rich quick after being poor. They end
up with all sorts of habbits and debts that limit their freedoms.The
LDS Church is the "One brings limitless freedom". Even though we are
taught not to do something it is still a choice. We tell our members to avoid
habbit forming chemicals, and encourage them to get out of debt. We still have
the choice. Those with the bad habbits and huge debts have lost that choice.
So his cousin is Snoop Dogg? Cue the "Snoop Dogg is Mormon" rumors...
@ Chris:Even when living life at lower levels of spiritual
consciousness, your statement is not even close to being true. Money, even
millions of dollars, has never bought "limitless" freedom. Never. In
fact, in multiple surveys, most lottery winners admit their lives were worse off
4 years after winning the money. It brought more complications than anyone who
never has won it seems to be able to consider... you included. Divorces,
envy from former friends, always being hounded for handouts by everyone, etc...
. It brings an easy-come, easy-go mentality that leaves most lottery winners
broke a few years later.As opposed to bringing more limits, finding
and embracing the gospel of Jesus Christ takes away all kinds of worldly
limits... things that people without it seldom can understand... apparently you
included. As Christ himself stated, His gospel "brings peace that surpasses
all understanding". And it really does. But apparently from your statements,
it's still beyond your understanding. But there's always hope for the
future, Chris. Someday that light may shine for you... and shine brightly, if
and when you become open to it. One of your statements is very true.
It's "not even close".
Fascinating story. Thanks
I'd take the money any day.Not even closeOne brings
limitless freedomOne brings countless limits and no freedom
Knowing that there are countless experiences shared by big lottery winners that
winning brought misery, distrust and depression, coupled with the peace that the
Gospel brings, Jackson has ended up in an infinitely better position indeed.
What a wonderful story with a "happy ending", even if Steven Speilberg
doesn't agree! :)
I met Clarence as a missionary. He took all the missionaries out to pizza in New
Haven. Was a really nice guy.
Wow. This article is so powerful. I really believe in the worth of souls and
this brought all of my beliefs about God's infinite ability to recognize
and reach souls to the front of my mind. Thank you for this beautiful story.
What a great story of contrasting short-term temporal things versus long-term
spiritual achievement. The comparison is an interesting story in and of itself.
I admire this guy for his choices and spiritual maturity. His conversion story
is a great missionary tool.
So Snoop Dogg's cousin is a Mormon. Whose story I can relate to a lot,
actually. This I would never have guessed…