The Prophet and the Prison

Looking for something else, I ran across this the other day:

Marvin J. Ashton, “The Prophet and the Prison,” Ensign, May 1980, 35

I keep coming back to it. As I’ve been reading and thinking about great men, this was another aspect of what that might mean to be a truly great man.

On an abstract level, it shows a patience and acceptance of others and an optimism about human nature to which I aspire. On a more literal level, we try to live the words of Christ, but “I was in prison, and ye came unto me” doesn’t get much play for most of us.  I need to consider how I can approach this.


  1. Mark Brown says:

    The highlight of the … tour… came when two inmates were invited to stand at the side of the prophet… for picture taking. As the President welcomed them forward and later put his arms around them, he said, “It is an honor for me to have my picture taken with you.”


    I also like the 10 questions at the end of the article, and how Elder Ashton described people in prison as “temporarily sidelined”. Temporarily.

  2. I think that should be required reading. Thanks for posting it!

  3. You should read “Last Chance in Texas, Redemption of Criminal Youth” by John Hubner. Hubner is a Pulizer Prize winning journalist who had also been a parole officer. He spent a year at the TYC facility in Austin. It will give a new understanding of what criminal youth is, actually, what criminality is.

    It will help you rethink many things.

  4. The requested object does not exist on this server. The link you followed is either outdated, inaccurate, or the server has been instructed not to let you have it.

    That is what I get when I click on the link.

    Just FYI.

  5. I can get to the link, but if I reload the page it doesn’t work and I get what Stephen M. gets. I used this article for a home teaching lesson tonight and it worked really well. Awesome story.

  6. Try the link now, guys.

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