With humility etched in his face, the former Mormon prisoner bore the feelings of his transformed soul. "I will be eternally grateful for the day I was indicted. I wouldn't have learned the lessons I learned any other way," he said. It's been more than a year since George, who asked that his real name not be used, was released after serving eight months in a Colorado federal prison. He was sent there in 2008 for his part in an illegal property flipping scheme that resulted in inflated property tax valuations and multiple foreclosures in Utah County. The devoted LDS member and returned missionary was disfellowshipped. He and his family experienced painful times. Through it all, George identified a silver lining: "Through the Savior we can overcome all things." He gained a great appreciation of the gospel and the Atonement of the Savior. "There are consequences to our actions. I can promise we will all make mistakes. But if our heart is right and we keep trying, there will come a time when he will help us overcome," George said. In his last letter home before being released, the changed man wrote to family and friends: "Prior to coming to prison, my stake president gave me a blessing. I was promised that I will look back and see this time as a blessing. I am grateful for this experience. I am grateful for repentance. I am a better father, grandfather, son and husband. For this experience I will be eternally grateful!"
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