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My gambling buddy got religion.

Pete

It’s really hard to admit you’re an alcoholic and addict to gambling. It is hard to admit you’re addicted to excess.

Stole from my grandmother’s checkbook.

Robbie

Then it got to where I was breaking into her house. Then I started buying checks from people, and forging people’s names on everyone else’s checks. Then the burglaries began.

People pleaser

Sierra

Where I’d prayed for everyone else for so long... I had ignored the fact that I did need God.

Rich and macho on the outside.

Tony

"I was poor when I was young so I did everything to become rich now. I was unloved when I was young so I wanted to have as many friends as I could. I bought. I paid. I went. I did. I gave. It wasn’t generosity. It was need."

Motocross, money, and the Hustler clothing line.

Eric

It seemed like the more money I made, the less likely it would ever be that I would ever have another lifestyle or anything away from the culture that I was in. During that time I felt something tugging at my soul and I didn’...

Gunshots were fired into my parents' bedroom.

Evie

As the school year progressed I became deeper and deeper involved in the knowledge of gang life, and eventually made a decision to get ”Jumped in” to a gang, which means you get beaten for about one minute as an initiation ri...

Dad put me on his knee, then I never saw him again.

Gary

I recall walking home from football practice at Tyner Junior High School. I would walk behind the school because I didn't want other kids to see me walking home, or not having a ride home. They would get the car with their da...

Called to America, but didn't like it.

Mark - part 2

"I saw a side of America that just wasn’t pleasant to me. It was an America that presented everything superficial."

Learning that my Mormonism was not Christian broke my heart.

Amy C

"I never realized the God that they serve is not the biblical God. The reason I didn’t realize it is because, as a Mormon, I never read the word of God."

Asked God to kill my husband.

Tisa

By the time I was nineteen, I was extremely bitter, angry, volatile … violent. I had become a kleptomaniac I was addicted to stealing everything around me. I was heavily on drugs and had really pushed everybody out of ...