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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011 11:09 a.m. MDT

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Civil
Salt Lake City, UT

"if you choose wisely and are committed to the success of your marriage, there is nothing in this life which will bring you greater happiness."

Amen to that.

scemo
Southern, Oregon

"LDS Church wants young men to be like Jimmer?" What, like choose not to serve a mission? Okay. I'm not trying to judge his circumstances, but wouldn't the church want young men to serve missions, then get married?

WarriorWeber
Ogden, UT

Be careful what you wish for...

Young men to be like Jimmer might just take the advice and get married which is what the church wants but they also might look at go....hey...Jimmer didn't serve a mission so I don't need to.

Once again...Be careful what you wish for!

Vanka
Provo, UT

Jimmer married "young" compared to whom? LDS men who served missions don't even get home until they are 21. Jimmer didn't have that stopping him from marrying even younger.

I think it is really a problem that the Church teaches so much about "example". The tacit message in the idea of "follow good examples" or "be a good example" is the idea that you should do something because someone else is doing or has done it.

That is never a good reason for doing anything, except maybe running out of a burning building. Even then, think for yourselves. The doctrine of examples breeds sheeple.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

To Ute Trolls who undoubtedly were going to throw out the mission thing:

1) The First Presidency didn't say "Be like Jimmer." The Sacramento Bee said Jimmer is a good example for Mormons.

2) It would have been great to see Jimmer as a missionary, but please remind me where Heisman Harvey Langi served? Oh that's right, he's still thinking about it. I wonder if he'll get crucified if Harvey doesn't go. Or does someone seriously think a Mormon Ute doesn't represent the Church and gets to hide behind the red?

3) Jimmer all in all seems like a great guy. Continue to bash him for not going on a mission, but from what I see he is a good guy and YES it would be great if all LDS grew up to be great and kind people like he truly seems to be.

4) I'm glad Jimmer continues to bother you.

Axe-man
OREM, UT

Guys, a reporter said the LDS Church wants young men to be like Jimmer - the LDS Church didn't say they want young men to be like Jimmer. The reporter picked out the "early marriage" of a man of 22, compared to the rest of the nation's trends, and said "that's what the LDS Church wants." The Church, and the Lord, want every worthy young man to serve a mission, and as follow-up, that if they're not worthy, they should get that way, and serve a mission.

While many in the Church admire Jimmer's physical abilities, no leaders of the Church are suggesting that Jimmer is a type or example that should be one's goal of who and how to be.

SP
Salt Lake City, UT

I knew these types of "what about the mission" comment would pop up. Please people, let's be mature and wise. Jimmer isn't perfect and neither are any of us. But he is making a great choice in getting married. It will be the best thing that he could do to keep him balanced as his life turns crazy with fame and money.

Let's all root for Jimmer's success. He is a great guy who is doing his best.

John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

Far too many are putting off marriage for far too long. This is having a negative impact on society.

The vast majority of people in their 20s refuse to grow up and accept responsiblity. Instead, they are content to waste their lives away by watching reality television, playing video games, and chatting on Facebook.

It is time for these slothful servants to abandon these childish pursuits. Society needs them to settle down, get married, and become productive members of the community. That is what made America the greatest country on Earth, and that is what is needed to keep it great.

With that being said, Jimmer should not be emulated in his choice of careers. The NBA is little more than a thinly disguised den of iniquity in which substance abuse and adultery run rampant. Hopefully, Jimmer will be one of the few who reject the marriage-destroying NBA lifestyle.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

No one is wishing for anything. Church leaders have admonished young men of marriageable age that "there is a point at which it's time to think seriously about marriage and to seek a companion with whom you want to spend eternity," and "don't waste time in idle pursuits. Get on with life and focus on getting married. Don't just coast through this period of life."

The request that every able young man prepare for a mission and then serve is every bit the same as it has been. Some young men choose not to. This article is just about marriage and does not mention the words mission or missionary. Some people judge those who don't serve missions but it is not our place to do that.

Alex
Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, talk about a ridiculously misleading title...

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

""there is a point at which it's time to think seriously about marriage and to seek a companion with whom you want to spend eternity," adding that "if you choose wisely and are committed to the success of your marriage, there is nothing in this life which will bring you greater happiness."

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While I realize that Monson was speaking to heterosexuals, this advice applies equally to all forms of marriage and is actually quite good advice.

In asking young LDS to be like Jimmer, are they now permitting "work" on Sundays? You know, just like Steve Young, Jimmer is going to have to play Sunday games now.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

John Charity Spring says:

"Far too many are putting off marriage for far too long. This is having a negative impact on society.

The vast majority of people in their 20s refuse to grow up and accept responsiblity. Instead, they are content to waste their lives away by watching reality television, playing video games, and chatting on Facebook."

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Isn't that really a result of the way they were raised? I do agree with you that they need to grow up, but their parents are enabling them.

Dektol
Powell, OH

He is a basketball player, not a wrestler. Playing a girls sport is not the way to get through life. Better take up an Individual Sport, not something where you have to rely on others to get you through.

Mom of 2
Eagle Mountain, UT

What did Jimmer have for dinner last night? That's what I'm really interested in. And be sure to alert me the next time he blows his nose.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

And you wonder why there's such high divorce rates in Utah? Pushing these kids (yes, you are barely an adult at 21 years of age) to hurry up and get marries is ludicrous. Not only are they barely mature yet, but they don't even know what they want. This is just an LDS push to quickly create more LDS babies. They emphasize for you to marry young and have big LDS families ...

defibman
Syracuse, UT

The DN needs a lot of work on their headlines. Please,,,,do you even read the article before posting a headline to it? Stop embarrassing the State.

Laci
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sorry, not all of us can look like his fiancee Whitney or we might have been married super young too!

Ashtrash
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Read the ORIGINAL article! It's actually better than the D-news' version.

Jimmer is just mentioned briefly as a "famous mormon" example; the rest of it is actually quite interesting.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

As a ward Public Affairs rep these are the articles that the Church Kills for. Jimmer is a great poster boy for promoting the LDS lifesyle. However, he is the exception rather than the rule. There is a world of difference between getting married in you mid to late 20s as opposed to tying the know at 22. As in Brain development and maturity. Yes Jimmer is financially secure, but the Church's rank and file Marty and Molly Mormons are not so financially secure. Also the 12 foot Elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about. Some people just don't get the gospel...

Target
Provo, Utah

I think the posters need to realize that this particular reporter is the only one who has make the statement that the LDS Church wants young men to be like Jimmer. The LDS Church has NEVER made this statement. The General Authorities have simply reiterated the importance of marriage in the plan. So, please stop responding like it was some official statement by the Church!

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