Obviously, the decision is between him and the Lord. If he goes, great, if he
doesn't he can still be a positive example for kids and the LDS Church.
Two names prove the point: Jimmer and Young.
Jake Heaps didn't go on a mission, look at all of the positive press he
brought to the Church and BYU.
higv,I believe Jabari will be 18 still so he falls under the group
which President Monson said has the option to go if they're ready. So he
hasn't tried to make himself and exception.I think it'd be great
for him to serve, but this is a tough decision. I think we're often a
little tough on LDS star athletes who decide not to serve missions. It would be
a terribly hard decision to make and if we were in their shoes we may have made
the same decision as them.
Hope he changes his mind and goes. His brother is a good example for him that
he ought to follow.Frankly the best high school player in the USA
only averaging 18.9 points a game, doesn't indicate to me that he's
the best. A couple of extra years of maturity would help him a lot. Just look
at Haws for BYU. The dude is 8 months off of a mission and averaging over 20
points a game.
sportsfanforlife"hahaha no he couldnt"You're simply demonstrating how little you know about basketball by
disputing that Jabari already has the talent to go straight from HS to the NBA.
@bluecoug hahaha no he couldnt.
Elk Hair CaddisMissionary work isn't just about effectiveness.
It's about forgetting ones self and going to work.
President Spencer W. Kimball said:“The question is frequently
asked: Should every young man fill a mission? And the answer has been given by
the Lord. It is ‘Yes.’ Every young man should fill a mission.
EJB"The kid looks 6' 8" and skinny. Could he really
play on the college level as a starter a year from now?"Are you
kidding? The "kid" could go straight to the NBA if he didn't have
to wait until he was 19.
Tough decision for this young man. I wish him well and hope he remembers his
roots..It is great to have free agency and have our own choice..
The kid looks 6' 8" and skinny. Could he really play on the college
level as a starter a year from now? Two years just might beef him up and get
him physically and mentally ready for the next level. His choice and ours to
higvThe church has never made any formal announcement for
alternative service for star athletes, but church leaders also recognize that
the positive press the church receives by athletes setting a good example can be
an extremely powerful missionary tool for the church.Just imagine
how much positive publicity the church could receive through a true super-star,
black, LDS athlete like Jabari being constantly asked about how his religious
beliefs influence his life.There are many ways to serve the Lord
that don't fall within the established norm.It's
Jabari's choice to decide how he will serve the Lord.
He will play one year before his mission. Thing is I never heard a church
leader give alternate service for star athletes to excuse them from missions if
they are worthy and able.
Manti Teo has shown a great example at Notre Dame. Jabari can do likewise at a
school other than BYU. Jimmer & Steve Young did not serve formal missions.
Jabari would be in that category of athlete and beyond.
He is already doing missionary work. He is a great example. Not sure a white
shirt and tie will increase his effectiveness in this area.
The circus has come and gone. He'll probably go where the money is.
There are definitely more important things to think about than this! Let it rest
until it happens!
Why does it matter? Why is it our business? Why are we allowed to comment on
this? Move along DN.
JJJHS--True, and no one is telling him what to do. But, as a public
figure (which he most certainly is), he is in the arena and subject to comments
from posters that will express their opinion--just as you do yours.
Does this mean he has said he won't be going on a mission at all? Or just
that he won't go next year and there is still a possibility the following
year? I didn't see any not that made me think the second isn't still
an option. Can anyone clear this up?
It is his life for him to exercise his agency and no one else's.
Having decided not to serve a mission, I predict he will go anywhere but BYU.
Jabari also said he won't decide on which university until January or