I have a new-found respect for Mormons of the Latter Day Saints. About three years ago, two Mormons were out in Chesapeake, Va, spreading their faith (in a crime ridden neighborhood) when this young man tried to rob them and shot them killing them both.
I was out the other day riding around the City of Norfolk, Va, and i saw these two Mormons still circulating their faith in a crime ridden neighborhood. I have never known of any group of Christians who were willing to really risk their lives, in order to get their message around. I have pretty always much admired the Mormons and the Amish, but no other sect of Christians as a whole (more on an individual basis). These guys pedaled back and forth looking for someone to share their beliefs with. I've also heard of Mormons reaching out to other communities by volunteering and donating to people who are in need.
After that shooting took place, i haven't even seen Jehovah's Witnesses dare to venture out into my neighborhood and i don't really live in a bad area, but crime does happen here. That day, my mere like of Mormons turned into outright RESPECT. I was able to witness how much they really believe in what they preach. I'm no Christian by any means, but i have read the Bible more than once, and they are the only sect of Christians i have witnessed actually live by It. I could do nothing but RESPECT their courage and their BELIEF for and of God.
Below is the story of the two Mormons who were murdered and robbed. That night i first heard of the story i was angered and outraged. I prayed for them, for i am sure they are both in Heaven. But, here is the actual story:
Murder suspect in court on drug charge, victim's parents speak out in Utah
05:20 PM EST on Friday, January 6, 2006
A man accused of shooting two Mormon missionaries and killing one of them was in Chesapeake court Friday on an unrelated drug charge.
19-year-old James Boughton, Jr. was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the Monday shooting of Morgan Young and Joshua Heidbrink.
Boughton was charged in May, 2005 with felony cocaine possession and was free on bail at the time of the shootings.
Many of the teen's friends and his family were in court to support him. Police said the drug charge occurred in the same area where the two missionaries were shot.
Authorities said Boughton shot them because he thought they witnessed him trying to rob someone on Elkhart Street.
Boughton remains in the Chesapeake jail.
Meanwhile, in Bountiful, Utah, the parents of the Morgan Young spoke to the public for the first time.
Mark and Kathy Young held a press conference outside their home in Bountiful. They extended their gratitude to family, friends, neighbors and law enforcement for all the support they have received.
Kathy Young says they are a family in grief, but not a family in crisis. The Young family says they don't have any anger toward 19-year-old James Boughton Junior, the man who shot their son in Chesapeake Monday night. Boughton also shot Young's companion, 19-year-old Joshua Heidbrink of Greeley, Colorado. He was hospitalized for a time.
The parents say they believe strongly they'll see their son again soon someday. Morgan Young's body will return to Utah today. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.