Tomorrow (Thursday, July 19th) marks the final chapter of the "Alma the Lamanite" story CV Rick has written and posted on his blog.
The story is a very well-written true story from Rick's teen years when he lived in Idaho. Alma was a Native American boy who had been adopted into a white Mormon family in Rick's ward. The story portrays the friendship the two boys had with one another, despite Rick's father telling Rick he could be friends with Alma at church, but not outside of church. Throughout the story I was touched by the strength, grace, and fortitude Alma showed despite the horrifying things he went through.
The story openly touches on many painful experiences:
Physical, Emotional, Verbal Abuse
Homosexuality and Homophobia
Racism and Racial Discrimination
Betrayal by a Best Friend
It is plain to see when you read this story that it was a life-changing experience for Rick that shaped his entire world view and who he would become.
It is easily one of the most heartrending and touching portrayals of the human experience I have ever read.
Seriously, read it. You won't be sorry.