Vai, this piece left me in tears. This is the joy I have found in the Church as
a broken man who is being put together again.
Thanks for the update on Brian Vai. I graduated from Orem HS 2 years before
Brian and Chad Lewis and knew them as short immature sophomores when I was a
senior. I take pride in how Chad Lewis has lived his life and gone on and
represented OHS, BYU his family and the church so well. I also glad to know
that Brian has turned his life around and made better choices over the last few
years. I have experienced life altering moments similar to Brian's when he
was prompted to make the changes and better choices in his live. I'm sure
many blessings await Brian and his new wife as they turn to the Lord and his
Gospel and continue to make the right choices in their new life together.
That article moved me. Bryan and Chad were literally mine and my younger
brothers heroes growing up as our dad was one of their high school football
coaches. They were larger than life as far we were concerned. We would watch
their highlight film over and over hoping to be like them and their teammates
someday. I guess, after reading this, nothing has changed. I still want to be
like these guys! Kudos to Bryan for having the courage to change and become a
better man. May god bless you, Temecia and Rogan, and Sage in your new family
unit. Thanks Vai, for bringing this story to us here in Utah and being the kind
of member in the church that we should all be!
Bryan and Chad are literally my heroes as well. They are both awesome!!!I love your ability to write Vai. Keep the words flowing! You have a
gift.I am happy for Bryan and Temecia! How great it is to see them
embrace the Gospel.Good luck to the new Rowley family!
I don't know any of these people, but I can relate. Having joined the
chruch at 21 after a wild ride in party land, I can attest to the kind of peace
that can only come from knowing your Father in Heaven is "well pleased".
Nothing else comes close. Thanks for another great story.
I can only hope this same thing will happen with my kids we adopted and now are
grown... getting past their rough starts in life to where they are true loved
and are safe.
I appreciate the thoughtful article and reiterate the quality of Brian's
father, Doug. I worked with him for many years. He gave dedicated service to
teaching and to his country and was a great person.
I'm so tired of Vai dropping names. Here he goes again. Dropping the
names of the rich and famous and who he's related to or personally rubs
shoulders with. Any takers? No? Guess it doesn't
apply when he's writing columns of the rank and file, the displaced and
regular shmoes, huh?I appreciate the balance of your columns. One
week it's Junior Seau or Jabari Parker. Next week, it's Bryan Rowley,
Marty Klein or Barbara Nielsen.
I love your stories, Vai. Keepin' it real about what's real! Thank
Great story, Vai. I guess I've missed some because I see names I don't
recognize from your stories in Heater's comments. This story is the kind
that provides a great example of how people can change their own lives, and how
others can help with the effort.
All the comments were enlightening, some uplifting and some brought much
thought. I too, made the choice to leave activity in the Church for 18 years. I
was like a "lost soul" but didn't realize that until one night as I
lay on the gurney in the emergency room I prayed for the first time in many
years pleading with Heavenly Father to help me and I promised Him that I would
do everything I could to start living my life the way I knew I should. It was a
miracle what happened that night and I never lost sight of my promise and He
never forgot me. Now there is peace in my heart and my soul and because of my
willingness to trust my Heavenly Father I feel truly at peace living my life
with a wonderful man, sealed in the Temple. There is nothing more powerful than
knowing I have a Father in Heaven who loves me, protects me and forgives me for
being less than perfect. There is nothing better in life than this knowledge.
"Dropping the names of the rich and famous and who he's related to or
personally rubs shoulders with."I don't care about their
wealth or their prestige. If they are LDS coming home, I like the story.
Vai has been good for the Church in the Philly area. And he is a great guy,
too. I know both Philly and Vai.
Thanks Vai for the story. Need more of these.Heater I have one
thing to say. Down Fluffy
Thanks for another moving story Vai. Unforseen blessings from the
simple act of folding chairs with your son. That image will stay with me for a
Thanks, Vai. I have a son who is, because of lots of love from friends and
family, beginning to right his ship. I love the hope the story brings!
Please keep them coming, Vai. You are the best columnist.
That is what the "Rescue" is all about. We all have to be involved and
help out and love, to bring that one back in to the fold.
Chill, Heater.Great story, Vai.
Then I will keep praying :-"suzyk; I hope my ex-RM hubby DOESN'T
"wake up" on a gurney, but I'd sure take it if he did!
Vai, a great story, peopled with some we knew while serving as senior
missionaries in Cape May. In New Jersey, people often had to get married BEFORE
they could be bapitzed. Here in China, it's different challenges, but
equally refreshing to see change that is so obvious it reflects in the faces of
those who find the gospel.
The gospel touches so many lives in so many ways. Vai, thanks for being
courageous in sharing the gospel that it might touch more lives, and thanks for
writing about it.Helping a soul find solid ground, supporting him or
her as they build, or rebuild, on a solid foundation, being there when they
celebrate milestones along the way.That is joy. Beats talking trash
Thank you, Pres. Sikahema, for a story of redemption, and about the many people
who stepped-in to bring the prodigal son home again. This is one of the great
testimonies about the power of our faith, church, stake and branch; reaching out
to the sheep that have strayed from the fold, and bringing them back to safety
and salvation. Bless you and the Presidency for their many acts of compassion,
mercy, and hospitality; bless our church leaders and members for acting in faith
and according to the doctrine that was preached by our Lord and Savior,
"love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one