@anti-liar sorry, but I couldn't pass this one up concerning the
preacher athlete in Chariots of Fire - I loved that movie and its message,
HOWEVER, since Eric Liddell wasn't a volunteer pastor - he was actually
working on the Sabbath - if he didn't show up for his sermon - he
didn't get paid and this was his livelihood....Also, I wonder how
many of these NFL players influence their teammates and their families? Besides
the "sabbath work" thing - do you think some of their other codes of
conduct may have a good influence on their teammates, camp underlings, autograph
hounds, etc. may provide some missionary work opportunities? There are few able
to compete at the professional sport level and their time at their profession is
very limited (maybe 10yrs at most), but the person they were while they played
will last a very long time and hopefully their good examples will last along
with their name. I prefer not to "judge how Christ will judge them for
their offering" as they try to live the gospel in front of the world. Not
everyone's roll is the same.
Annoyance of the month: those unimaginably rich, beautiful, physically ideal
people like Ann Romney and the folks in this article who are so put upon and
under such awful stress. Let's all feel sorry for them in their pathos.
Although a few commenters seem judgmental about our professional NFL brothers, I
think having mixed feelings about this is reasonable for many LDS people,
including those who enjoy following decent people like those mentioned in the
article. In church, including General Conference, we often hear
stories of youth who miss athletic tournaments because of their commitment to
God and the Sabbath. We hear of college level athletes like Clayton
Christensen, the starting center of Oxford's basketball team who sat out
the championship college game to avoid breaking the Sabbath. We hear about Eli
Herring who rejected an NFL career to avoid playing on Sunday. These athletes
are honored as Sabbath champions who made the "right" choice.When covering the Old Testament, how does the seminary-teaching NFL player
reconcile his choice with the simple Biblical fact that God considered keeping
the Sabbath holy so important that violators were stoned? Can he, in good
conscience, include President Monson's conference tribute to Clayton
Christensen?I think it's reasonable to be somewhat confused at
mixed signals given to members on this matter. And, have we really arrived at a
point where football games and hospital care are of equal necessity?
Just wondering how many nannies are involved.
anti-liar:Sorry, you have no points. It is a lifestyle, human piece
story that may or may not interest people...period.. Being married to a
professional athlete I suspect has many challenges. Yes, most make great money,
but the travel, work schedule and let's be real, constant temptation the
men themselves have to stay true to their vows, makes these marriages perhaps
more challenging than most. Other than that, stir up the coals elsewhere.
Brooke and I were companions while serving in Uruguay. She was hard working,
creative, loving, and dedicated to serving God. They are wonderful people,
Kehl doesn't "currently play" in St. Louis. He signed with the
Redskins a few weeks ago. The writers might want to update for the sake of good
I have often wondered how many young LDS men or women that possess outstanding
talent in the theatrical arts have forgone pursing a Hollywood career because of
what members of the Church might think of their choice of profession. These
people have an opportunity to interact and to share with their peers the beliefs
that brought them to the Church in the first place. They are in a position to
approach people that for the most part a missionary in the field would find it
nearly impossible to do. When the Lord said to preach the gospel to all the
world he never did say with the exception of sports figures and celebrities.
Members of the church in these professions can be instruments in reaching out to
this very exclusive group of people. They can play a Super bowl game or win an
Oscar on one Sunday and the Next Sunday night they are speaking at a youth
All you people who are condemning these people for the Sabbath day, think about
this.The purpose of these men is to provide for their families.
They were blessed with individual and special talents that they were able to be
part of an elite group that requires the highest capability and talent. They
are part of the small percent of people who actually make it to their level.God gave us talents that we are supposed to use them. They are using
their talents as a way to provide for their families, what's wrong with
that?Next time either one of you ever come into the hospital on a Sunday,
I will not help you because I know I shouldn't be working on Sunday. Would
that make you feel better?
This is a shameless and senseless article. At the same time it is a slap in the
face to the "regular" devoted saint who obeys the commandments and
doesn't work on Sunday. I pity the tough life these poor women have; having to
move all the time, sitting by themselves in church. Life is tough! Ridiculous.
I really enjoyed this article, it was a great look into how these families
balance the demands on their time. Obviously no one is perfect and everyone is
trying to do their best with the choices they have made, I think it is most
helpful when we try to support each other instead of tear others down. I have
to give props to these wives, yes they have money, but it is still difficult
taking care of multiple small children and trying to teach them correct
principles and making sure that even though daddy may be gone a lot their needs
are still being met.
If we as mormons don't want our religion mentioned when it is a convicted felon
or a dishonest business person or politician, how is it that we glory in the
success of our professional athletes? Furthermore, I thought we weren't
supposed to play sporting events on Sunday. How hypocritical to run Steve Young
and the likes out there as role models and ambassadors of the "church"
when we supposedly don't condone participating in these events on Sunday. I
hate to tell you, but the "Jimmer" didn't learn that jump shot playing
on Saturday. He learned it by playing all the time. Look at all the positive
impact and publicity these athletes have had on the Mormon church and ask
yourself," is playing on Sunday really that big of a deal?" If it is
a big deal, let's be consistent. If its not, quite talking about it!
Great Article Des News. I love hearing about some of the more public members of
the Church. These families have done a great job balancing their faith, family,
and profession. Keep it up.
@The Vanka | 12:16 p.m. Oct. 21, 201The answer is that it's not
about the culture; rather, it is about the actual doctrine, and the efficacy of
it. Look not to the culture, because you won't necessarily find the truth
there, I guarantee it. Instead, look to the core doctrine; therein you'll find
the answer to your question.
Mormon readers,Read these comments and note the pointless bickering,
then tell me again why I should want to become one of you?
That is great the missionary work being done on Sunday by NFL LDS players and
keeping the sabbath day holy,(because their employer requires them to play on
Sunday) isn't an issue to them, their spouse or family and their church
standing. It's also a financial windfall for the tithes and offerings generated
is probably greater from a NFL LDS players when compared to other LDS employees
who don't play in the NFL and than also consider the amount of public media
exposure on LDS teachings or lifestyle is noticed more than the paid
advertisements (on radio and television) done by the LDS Church. Maybe more
emphasis on working on Sunday is holy acceptable as the missionary opportunities
and financial benefits to the employer, employee, and Church justifies the work
duties performed on Sunday.
I am quite worried about these men and their families, for reasons that haven't
been suggested. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, they experience repeated brain
injury that can affect their emotions and their cognitive abilities. How many of
these robust men will soon be disabled either emotionally or mentally? What kind
of price will they and their families pay for playing the gladiator?
UtahMom, 10:05PMPROVO,UTI will vote that the author of the
remark- always one fluke, did not know thedefinition of the word fluke.
"They are married to men who play a physically brutal game, always one
fluke, misstep or jarring hit away from a career-ending injury."According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a fluke is a stroke of luck. Did the
writer of this article intend to suggest that a career-ending injury is a stroke
BigRich, 2:21PM,Oct.19,2011:I don't understand part of your comment,
which is- How each of us keeps the commandments is our own business and no one
else's.If that is true, would there not be a need for a Temple
To Joe Blow and others: I don't disagree with what you say. I've had to work
on Sunday's through out my life. However, I do feel that we have made Sunday
nothing more than another day versus what it was designed for, a day of rest and
to worship our Heavenly Father. You have to remember there was a time in this
country where a lot of things were closed on Sunday, (i.e. stores, golf
courses,and etc.) The days were spent doing things as a family.However, it is a personal choice to work or to even shop on Sunday. Ask
yourselves what would happen if all of the stores were closed, all of the Golf
Courses were closed, that both College and Pro games were played on Saturday and
high school on Fridays? What then would be the problem? The thing is that the
same people who argue against having this done would find some other way to
break the Sabbath, so in the end it really doesn't matter if they are closed or
not. For those who don't still won't but yet we shouldn't judge others because
they do. They all will answer to God.
A personal choice! I agree. I have no problem with those that
choose work on Sunday.And, Mowing my lawn or playing golf on Sunday
is also my personal choice.Choices for which I have been
"chastised" by some of the LDS faith.Just dont be
hypocritical. Don't pick and choose which personal choices you want to
demonize. Don't say its ok for LDS pro Football players to play on
Sunday, and then work to close the county golf courses.Here is a
better question. Why does the church owned DN have a Sunday
newspaper?How many people are "forced" to work because of that
I can see the liberal loonies are out in full force today.....Each
one of these guys paid a huge price to achieve their NFL greatness and frankly
they earned it....the difference between these players and loonies who are
chastising their money...is simple? Its pure greed and class warfare.......these
guys made it on their own and EARNED every cent they make....deservedly so! And
you Liberals are the laziest bunch of losers I have ever seen in my freaking
life....Get a job go to work and quit listening to MSNBC and Obama coaching you
on Communist values! You want to talk greed...the Liberals are the
poster boys for GREED, because they want to steal money away from these guys who
did what they were not willing to do for themselves...WORK! Thats what you are
Interesting article and surprised at so many negative comments. Their common
faith does provide a bond when you live outside of Utah. They may have lots of
money, but it doesn't sound like it's gone to their heads, nor does it last
forever. I say good for them!!! Good, wholesome role models who are family
oriented are in very short supply! They all seem to be representing who they
are in a classy manner and giving back. What's with all the bitterness?
re: Dadof8 | 7:56 a.m. Oct. 20, 2011 "One of the beauties of
the gospel is that we have agency to choose"Really? Just the
gospel? Life regardless of denominational preference is about choice &
learning from your mistakes.re: Duckhunter | 9:55 a.m. Oct. 20, 2011
And you were expecting this article to win a pulitzer or the Nobel
Can We All Say Steve Young.
No one is in the Army dying in a usless No Will To Win War. You
chose your life, you wanted that life. Now you go it enjoy it. It does not last
long. This is your job, your passion, and there are people standing 10 deep
ready to take it away from you.When you are done and it will never
be to long before that happens you can go to Church Every Sunday, and Serve.
Because you will not have to go to Wal Mart and work. Or Sell Newspapers on the
Cornor. There have been a few prides and joy who have refused to work on Sunday.
That is their right. Makes them No Better or Worse then anyone else. I would say
no One was Drafted but that would not fit here.
I haven't read the article (admittedly). But why is this on the front page of
the web edition as a featured article? I don't get the value of this as news,
or even a human interest story. This is the type of pulp that should be
relegated to Mormon Times, for those who go looking for it. This is precisely
why many can't take the Deseret News seriously, even for those of us who are
inexplicably drawn to check out our old hometown papers once or twice a week.
I had a friend in 1989 when I lived in Safford Az. Now the people of
Safford are Softball and Baseball Playing Fools also Golf, Football, Volleyball.
I still have my wifes Tee Shirt, that says Safford High Girls Volleyball A
Decade Of Domination. From them winning the State Title for Ten Years Running
and most of the players having gotton a free ride to some College or another. To
include Eastern Arizona, Rick, and others. (1989). EAC was always in the
playoffs and sometimes won. JC Transfers always being welcome at Division 1,2,3
four year schools. My friends son made a baseball all star team that
had to play a tourney on Sunday in another city. Should Dad let him play. Just
wanted my newbie idea on it.When you signed him up did you know this
might happen? Yes!Then he plays, fouls on you. However what you do
is go with him and he attends Church at a near by Ward either before or after I
suggest before. Also your kids at risk so don't upset him.Our
Society allows the Pros to play on Sunday.Either way the World still
Ryon Bingham went to the University of Nebraska Lincoln for college football. At
the time he was the only LDS football player at UNL that I am aware of. I work
on Sunday afternoons but that is because I work at a 24 hour care facility but I
have every other weekend off. But thank goodness, I can attend church because we
are the only ward in the town I so I dont have to worry about our time ever
changing. We can only judge ourselves when it comes to things like this. That is
between the Lord and the families involved.
@anti-liar | 1:17 a.m. Oct. 20, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT What
about the ER doctor who save your child's life (while working on Sunday)?In my book the ER doctor did good in choosing his specific professional
occupation to serve people, even on Sundays or other religious days. Likewise,
NFL players have chosen a profession that works on Sundays; more power to
them.And just who are you to judge how a man or woman should choose
their occupation or earn a legitimate living?
Ms Moli--Haha exactly my point, I totally agree with you. I wanted to make the
point that we should be careful when we are calling out someone for judging,
because when we do, we ourselves are passing judgment. I feel like everyone has
something that they are good at and we should commend those qualities instead of
pointing out faults because it's rare that we know the whole story or their
intentions. I commend these families that are in the spotlight for
living righteously when so many people are watching. Thanks for your good
What these people do is between them and the Lord. How do we know they haven't
prayed concerning this and had a supportive answer from the Lord? How each of
us keep the commandments is our own business and no one else's. In my mind,
bringing salvation to some souls through their profession, and setting righteous
examples in spite of it, is more important than the letter of the law.
To State that the Wives of NFL Mormons, try to stay Normal, that is extremely
judgemental, and Normal Compared to What!You benafir from his great
pay and his good life. He works on Sunday. Not his falt America Allows the NFL
to Play on Sunday. Just like they all other businesses to be open on Sunday. If
nothing else the NFL is a Business and there is nothing wrong with that.You can either stay home or you can find a Ward where ever your at and
attend at least some services. I could give you a list of the closest Wards to
all NFL Parks. So other then the need for employment there is not need to slip
and slide and no need to compermise. You or him or both could hold Firesides
where ever you go and the Kids would fill the Chapel every time, and if you can
carry a tune on top of it its over your in.The average Playing Life
Span of an NFL Player is very short. You can evan do what I said if he is in
Canada or Europe. If I am a Wife I am following my hubby.
lvsportsfan | 11:13 a.m. Oct. 20, 2011 Las Vegas, NV Sportzfan--what
is it called when someone judges someone for judging somebody else who is
judging somebody else? Acting like a 2-year old!
Sportzfan--what is it called when someone judges someone for judging somebody
else who is judging somebody else?
"Eric, sometimes in street clothes, attends an early sacrament service near
whatever stadium he is playing in that day."I'll bet the times
he attends Sacrament meeting in his uniform are pretty interesting...
Excellent comments Kateybug in Riverton.. Great perspective for others to look
at. Closed minds are a horrible thing in my opinion.
I just want to say that as an NFL fan, I enjoyed this article. That is all. :)
"The Larsens have several friends on the [Broncos] who are strong in their
Christian faith"That's news. Who knew there were any
Christians playing for the Ponies?
I personally found this article pretty interesting. I'm a football fan and not a
religious bigot so I love my Sunday games. I work in my profession to meet
the needs of my clients so I can provide shelter, food and comfort for my
family. That is exactly what these guys do but they make a ton of money for it
and to take the punishment they do to be where they are, they earn every
dollar.To those that want to judge others, look around in your own home
before you start making judgements outside. I'm sure not one of you is perfect.
Work on that ok????
Football is a job for these men. My father worked alot on sundays while I grew
up and still had callings and was a good provider. I had a bishop who was a
doctor who missed or was called out on Sunday they were also well paid and in
good standing. If someone believes that just because these families make a good
living they don't have struggles PUUULEASE what fairy land are you living in.
Why cant we just be happy for others success?
Anti-LiarInteresting handle, smacks of a well known Book of Mormon
story. Bytheway, in that story the translation of " Anti" means
"Like unto " so does this mean you are Like unto a Liar ?So let me see if I fallow your next point, as long as the job description fits
the standard that you deem significant or praise worthy that is OK to work on
Sunday ?This feels like a pharisaic attempt at counting steps one
takes on the Sabbath. preparing all needful things the day before the Sabbath so
one can avoid public and religious scrutiny.How do we know you are
not one who disregards the sanctity of the Sabbath ? Face you, like the rest of
the bloggers are a merely typing out statements that frankly do not matter at
@ Honor Code--Why are you condemning these families? Just because they make a
lot of money, doesn't make their life any easier as far as raising a family,
other than they can meet their financial obligations. Did you read the entire
article? If so, then you know these women don't hire nannies, so yes, they are
doing it by themselves and often playing 'daddy' at the same time and it IS
hard. Also, these players aren't just 'working' 16 weeks, they also condition,
attend CHARITABLE events and other events to promote their team.My
husband used to travel for his job M-F and served as 2nd counselor in the
bishopric. While he never made the money these players do, it IS hard to have
your spouse gone all the time, it IS hard to have to sit in Sacrament Meeting
with young kids by yourself. Yes, I realize there are thousands of single moms
who do this every day, but what this article also points out is that money
doesn't solve everything, but do the best you can with what you have & these
women are doing it...with a smile on their faces!
I enjoyed reading about these athletes, especially the pllayers we followed on
BYU sports and see that they are still remaining strong in the Church. I think
that was the main idea portrayed in the article. We have followed John Beck and
his quest in recent years. Eric Weddle (U) has always been fascinating to be
able to return to his hometown of San Diego to play in the pros and earn
millions of $$. Interesting article.I just wondered why Austin
Collie wasn't interviewed. It leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Was he not
available or too big a head for such an interview? Collie had a huge article on
him & his wife in LDS Living magazine a while back. Just wondered. We
followed him at BYU, then later the Colts with the concussions and all. Where
was Dennis Pita also? We loved seeing him play such outstanding ball at BYU!
This is to mention just a few of the active Mormons AFL athletes who were
obviously missing in this article.
The comments on this article sure went in a predictable direction.
@jenrmcYou missed the point. I have not judged the actual athletes
nor their families. Instead I am offering a reasonable criticism of the culture
-- for its logical inconsistency as regards a purported Gospel STANDARD: i.e.,
teaching, in the name of keeping the Sabbath Day holy, that we don't engage in
active sports on Sunday, but then saying that it's okay -- indeed, that it is a
GLORIOUS thing -- for a professional athlete to do so. And so I'll ask the
question again: how do you explain this clear double-standard to the youth of
the Church? Sports on Sunday is ESSENTIAL, the way medical care, police, and
firemen are??? And I have found, in my first-hand observation, a
need on the part of many in Mormon culture to garner the praise and approval of
the World. Why do I care, you ask? Because this sends the wrong message to the
youth of the Church, who should be taught instead to have no other gods before
the True and Living God.I suggest you watch the movie, Chariots of
Fire. And by the way: you judged me. So much for "judge not
under any circumstances."
jenrmc, Dadof8 and TJ and Rikitikitavi -- what is it called when someone judges
someone for judging?"Comparing two people's behavior is asinine
and judging another person is against the teachings of Jesus Christ. ""One of the beauties of the gospel is that we have agency to
choose, yet some of the responses show bitterness and
self-righteousness.""Anti-liarClearly you don't
really care what the answer to your questions are. Your intent is to stir up
controversy.""You are condemning these athletes for
choosing to pursue careers which ultimately led to Sunday work. So what!! NO one
REALLY cares what you think. My opinion is simply it is not my role (or yours
either) to judge what is in the hearts of these folks."
@SportzFanA general comment about the responses is judgmental? Didn't
point to any one specific just the overall tone of the responses. So how is that
@anti-liarAll young folks need positive role models so severely lacking in
the growing up years. LDS kids (and others as well) need to have honorable
heroes and role-models to look to just in case they end up in similar roles.
Same goes for entertainers like Brandon Flowers and others. High profile celebs
can be Christ-like even as LDS members. You are condemning these athletes for
choosing to pursue careers which ultimately led to Sunday work. So what!! NO
one REALLY cares what you think. These wives do not need your permission to
enjoy the results of the hard work and the sweat and pain their spouses have
endured. My opinion is simply it is not my role (or yours either) to judge what
is in the hearts of these folks. Let others live their lives and lay off the
judging and condemnation. The major risk all need to understand is that frequent
absence from Sunday services will not always work out for the best. The fact
remains that young people are going to look to role models as they pursue their
dreams. Let's all congratulate the positive ones. It could be your kid!
Loved the article! Bless the hearts of these women and their families. We LOVE
having the Weddles in our Stake. They are the "salt of the earth" type
of family-- very, very down to earth and very committed to their callings. Bro.
Weddle has been very gracious to speak to the youth of our stake on a couple
I find that sports is not glorified in the church. In the East you will find
many wards where few young men take part in sports because it takes away from
scouts/young men/seminary. Sundays, people are not preoccupied with football
because they rarely get to see a Sunday game. As for the fascination
with professional athletes, I think people have the same reaction. It is not the
professional athlete, so much as the common background. I get equally excited
with professional athletes that came from my small high school. I love seeing
people from my college playing pro football or basketball. Eric
Liddell's chosen field was running. Track and field was rarely held on Sundays.
It certainly reflected well on him to choose honoring the sabbath over running,
but there were many more days when he could compete. For the professional
football player it would be the end of their career to stop competing on
Sundays. Finally, the high visibility of pro athletes makes for
great missionary opportunities. Remember when Ezra Taft Benson was Secretary of
Agriculture, he was told that was his calling, though it took time away from the
@SportzFan:I wasn't judging. I was attempting to give feedback on
statements made. I saw flaws in logic that I was addressing. I did initially
make a comment that this poster was actually judging which was an opinion on my
part but not a statement of condemnation. Had it been then I would have added
that "you should be ashamed of yourself" or something along those
Anti-Liar- Will you be voting for Mitt? Just wondering, because politicians work
lots of Sundays. I can only imagine how really out of control the Republican
nominations would get if Mitt came out and said " I'm there for you
America, except Sundays" I really feel for those who are
16 weeks for the millions that they make...........and you come up with a story
about how "tough" it is for these women???? PUUUULEASE!
There will always be the issue of playing professional sports on Sunday, but to
my knowledge, the LDS church has never made any statement condoning it. I've
never heard that it's OK because it brings positive attention to the church. So,
if there is a finger to be pointed, it should be pointed at the individual who
made the choice, not the organization to which that individual belongs.
jenrmc, Dadof8 and TJ -- what is it called when someone judges someone for
I'm not a pro ball player, or a policeman, or a fireman, or a paramedic, but my
work sometimes requires that I work on the sabbath due to project deadlines that
are outside of my control. Football players are scheduled to work 15 times or
less each year on the sabbath if you factor in bye weeks, and possibly playing
on Thursday or Monday. I come close to that myself.The commandments
are here to bless our lives, not to provide ammo to condem each other. If we
make choices that take us away from the blessings of obedience, it is between us
and the Lord. The gospel teaches us to explore and pursue our
talents. Many people follow this to a career choice. If someone excells at
something, especially in an area that has a lot of public interest, it can be a
great missionary tool. When I lived in Texas I had a lot of discussions about
Steve Young since the 49ers were major rivals of the Cowboys. This almost always
led to discussions about what Mormons believe.
There will always be unhappy people who will attack successful people out of
envy and bitterness. That's just so sad.
Anti-liarClearly you don't really care what the answer to your questions
are. Your intent is to stir up controversy. I am sure you will continue if you
reply to this. I will answer your questions anyway. LDS do not worship or
idolize any sports team or figure. There are fans, superfans and some who don't
care. Anyone from any walk of life, can be LDS as long as they are willing to
live LDS standards. As for Sabbath observance; There are many professions that
require working on the sabbath. Like anyone else, when one chooses a profession,
this is only one of many aspects of a job to consider. Firemen, Police officers,
anyone who works at a hospital, people who work retail and professional athletes
are required to work on the Sabbath. Some college athletes who are LDS are
required to play on the Sabbath. It is a personal choice. The LDS church does
not punish anyone for choosing a profession where they are required to work on
the Sabbath any more than they do a Police officer or a Doctor. As you can see
by the examples in this article, these people remain devoted to their religion.
wow....how easy some rush to judgment. One of the beauties of the gospel is that
we have agency to choose, yet some of the responses show bitterness and
self-righteousness. I find it refreshing to know that in a career choice that
glamorizes their lives there are some who are making conscious efforts to
maintain their roots, family values, and testimonies. Perhaps we can get ideas
on how to do the same in our lives. Do you think that MIGHT have been the point
of the article???
@anti-liar:Actually you did judge them. As far as why the attention
paid to members of the Church isn't conducive to the teachings of the Church (in
your opinion) why do you care? Personal choices of how to respond to someone's
profession are yours to make but condemning another person's choice is not your
right. Comparing two people's behavior is asinine and judging another person is
against the teachings of Jesus Christ. Perhaps more emphasis should be placed
on the good experiences people add to society instead of the lapses made in
judgment that we perceive. As far as being mindful of mentioning Sabbath Day
observance sensitively, isn't that showing love and consideration? You can
mention the teaching but do so in a non-condemning way and still accomplish the
goal of transferring knowledge. As far as a double standard to youth why not
take this opportunity to discuss your beliefs and the way you live you life and
why you feel your choice is right for you and your family. This could be a
great discussion opportunity that can easily be marred by judgment and
Yeah, tough life. Feel sorry for these millionaire stay at home wives and their
Great article. It can't be easy living in the limelight. I wish you would have
included Pua Lutui. I'd like to see how she and Deuce balance the demands of
Sundays in the NFL and faith and family.
I'm sure these are all very nice and very good people. And I am not going to
fault them.But...Why do so many in the Church glorify
and worship sports, sports figures, various other celebrities, fame, stardom,
and astronomical salaries? Why are LDS celebrities held up as emblems of just
how cool the church and church membership is -- as though the plain-old
doctrine, and the Power of God unto Salvation, aren't groovy enough on their own
merits to attract people to the church and encourage them to stay?Why is there this business of, "Yes, the Sabbath Day, BUT, professional
sports is an exception," and rationalized with, "LDS athletes bring so
much positive attention to the church" -- to where ward members are feeling
like they'd better be "sensitive when discussing Sabbath Day observance
around the Weddles?" And how confusing is this double standard to the
young people?Indeed, what of the Sabbath Day? What about Eric
Liddell, the Christian and Olympic athlete, portrayed in the movie
"Chariots of Fire," who refused to participate in the Olympics on
Sunday -- who was far less concerned about the approval of the world, than he
was about the Glory of God?