Religious support bolsters those in prison

Brent Scharman felt no fear as he spoke with the death row prisoner.

The condemned inmate was in hand and ankle cuffs and a one-way glass wall separated the two, but those barriers didn't prevent the two from having a friendly and meaningful conversation.

"We talked about life," said Scharman, who has served as a priesthood leader in correctional facilities for many years. "The discussion was very spiritual in nature."

Scharman is one of numerous members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who reach out to incarcerated members of the church who request their help. It's an effort to follow the Savior's counsel to reach out to those suffering in jail: "I was in prison and ye came unto me" (Matthew 25:36).

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