Richard, you have the luxury of thinking that "one year from now, few LDS
people will be talking about Will Hopoate" because you live in the U.S.
Remember, the majority of LDS Church members do not. I'm fairly sure
that the 250,000 LDS Church members in Australia, New Zealand and the South
Pacific will NOT be thinking much of Fredette in a year either. I'm not even
sure that Basketball is the favorite sport of most LDS Church members. Seems
more likely that it is soccer!!There may be a double standard here
in the minds of some people. More likely, IMO, members of the Church are simply
enjoying an affiliation with fellow LDS Church members. Interest and admiration
don't imply approval of every detail of what the person does.
"Now, less than six weeks after conference, Australian LDS Church member
Will Hopoate has chosen to follow Goings example, forgoing interest from six
teams and at least one offer worth USD $1.6 million. Wow. Hows that for
following the counsel of general conference?"This is just a
guess, but one year from now, few LDS people will be talking about Will Hopoate,
but many will still be talking about Jimmer Fredette, and that's a sad
commentary on our priorities. We make Hopoate a hero for choosing a mission,
and we make Jimmer a hero for being better than everyone else. So which one is
it? Is a mission the most important thing? Or winning the most important
thing? I know a mission is a personal decision for each young man and we
shouldn't judge their decisions, but those who would idolize Will Hopoate while
at the same time defending Jimmer Fredette as the 'greatest misisonary every'
are showing a bit of a double standard.