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Published: Saturday, Jan. 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Spanish Fork, UT

As much as I would have loved to have had Jabari help BYU, his influence at Duke is far greater. I'm sure he'll be prayerful in deciding on whether or not he should serve a mission, but... I hope he serves just because of the great good he could do. But, that's none of my business. Good article about a great young man and his great parents.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Can you imagine this kid playing in high school gyms against high school teams instead of the talent he goes up against in the ACC?

Herriman, UT

Clearly Jabari couldn't go wrong by going on a mission. However, he is in a position to be able to do lots of missionary work, just by continuing to build and strengthen his own testimony as a high profile athlete.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

2020 -

I've always found that "reasoning" interesting. Couldn't the same be said about anyone, meaning if any person chooses to stay home and work and go to school they would be able to do missionary work at home/school that they wouldn't have been able to do on a Mormon mission right? Now, any random person wouldn't have the same level of publicity to be sure, but isn't the concept the same for anyone?

I'm not LDS, but I'm familiar enough with LDS doctrine and what Mormon leaders have said to know that several Mormon prophets have said every man who can go on a mission should. So I think its interesting when people bring up the "he can do his mission here" because can't anyone do that?

What if Jabari were just a solid player instead of amazing, would you say the same thing as far as him being able to do his mission in college? Is there a certain threshold of fame that one must pass before they can justify they do the mission at home thing?

Again - just curious the Mormon rules.


Provo, UT

There is Missionary Work and then there is Missionary Work. The 2-yr version is far more difficult and far more character building. 2-Yr's of beating the streets and softening heart is very difficult and not completed by all.

ex patria cougar
Australia, 00

It would be tough not to be proud of your humility, especially with articles such as this one praising you for your humbleness.

Good luck Jabari. You seem like a great kid.

newhall, CA

I am amazed that the topic of him going on a mission was even brought up. Why? What business is it of ours or anyone to go there? If he goes, great. If he doesn't great. The impact he is having now might be greater than the impact of actually serving a two-year mission. A 'mission' isn't always defined as one wearing a badge and wearing a white shirt. This type of scrutiny reminds me of people in a ward who constantly badger a young couple with the question: "So, when are you going to have kids?" Frankly, it is none of our business. The same can be said about Jabari and a mission. It is none of our business.

Syracuse, UT

ChrisB: Leave BYU out of this. This is a great article about an exceptional young man. A young man who seems to have his priorities right, unlike some we could mention. I wish him continued success on and off the court.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

"The ability to keep a low profile on campus, Parker says, was part of Duke’s appeal, part of the reason he’s here instead of the other schools that recruited him." Duke is a great school that gets tons of star recruits. That is the benefit of playing in a big boy conference against high ranked competition. Schools like that know how to treat their star players.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

@Daviscoug Chris B never mentioned BYU in either of his comments. He simply asked a question about missionary work and mentioned that the ACC was a power conference.

Syracuse, UT


I reread Chris B's post and I can't understand your comment to him. He did NOT mention BYU. He did NOT say Jabari wasn't an exceptional young man. He, as a non-member of the LDS faith simply asked a question.

Chris, there isn't a "threshold of fame" to determine if one should serve a mission or represent the Church based on their high level exposure. Missions are up to the individual and Jabari will not be encouraged to play basketball rather than serve a mission. Again, it is totally Jabari's decision.

You do bring up a good question and point because a sharp, well known, high exposure individual representing any organization can bring that organization positive exposure.

Question for BYU fans posting on Deseret News articles, is it okay to constantly belittle a non-member fan of a rival team?

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

@Utesby5 - What does member/non-member have to do with belittling? Certainly you don't believe that by cheering for the team in red that would somehow excuse poor behavior such as belittling do you? So if someone wants to belittle another all they have to do is cheer for the team in red and that somehow makes it less bad? Come on man.


@ Chris B

Give it a rest. The article is about Parker, not about BYU and the West Coast Conference gyms. As a Ute fan, I can honestly say I find most of your posts rather annoying and immature.

I enjoyed reading more about Parker and the kind of person he is off court. He sounds like he's got a level head and will be successful on and off the court.

Go Utes!!

Herriman, UT

@ Chris B
Way too much thought. I went on a mission and I am still trying to be a missionary here at home. However, I will never be able to reach as many people as Jabari, whether he goes on a mission or not.

The gospel is a very personal thing, and there are very few things in the church that all members must do. That is really just the perception because of the abstinence of alcohol, coffee, tea and tobacco. Serving a mission is another one of those things that every member would be blessed for doing, but it may not be for everyone. I know a woman who was told by a high ranking church official that she will have a career instead of being a stay at home mom. She is a doctor now.

Sherwood, OR

Chris B-

Since the article isn't based on his basketball skills, maybe the question you should ask is, "Can you imagine this kid playing at a school that is an academic and cultural vacuum?"

Eagle, ID

@UtesBy5. I'll take a long shot guess and suggest Chris B may have been referring to BYU and the "high school-like" gyms and teams that make up the WCC. So, in a way he did take a jab at BYU.

Lindon, UT

I always kind of felt like Parker was a bit overwhelmed by the response he got when he made his campus visit to BYU last year. People- especially students-- had good intentions but I can't imagine how that came across to a kid with his head on straight just wanting to blend in and be a student off court. Can't say I blame him for wanting to avoid that. Look forward to following his career. Kid's got amazing talent and a great attitude.

Durham, NC

News flash.... this isn't about BYU or U of U. And rightfully said above, his decision to go on a mission or not is his to make, in consult with his leaders, whom I know and I am sure will give him sound advice.

My son is on a mission in a country that is in the news a lot today. I can tell you beyond a shadow of doubt Jabari's example is touching hundreds or if not thousands more per day, than my son on a traditional mission is able to do. There are far more ways to reach out and share than wearing a white shirt, name badge and knocking on doors. You need to ask your self is it about the method, or the end result that is more important. He is a unique kid, with a unique story, that has a whole lot of people watching him, do the right thing in the right way, when many of his peers are choosing other paths.

So lets get off his back, and see the real good he is doing - rather than nit picking decisions that aren't ours to make.

Syracuse, UT

@Sports Are Great:

"@Utesby5 - What does member/non-member have to do with belittling? Certainly you don't believe that by cheering for the team in red that would somehow excuse poor behavior such as belittling do you? So if someone wants to belittle another all they have to do is cheer for the team in red and that somehow makes it less bad? Come on man."

I'm saying that the BYU fans have an added obligation. They aren't just fans of the university's athletic programs, they also represent the LDS faith. Poor sportsmanship and negative posts can influence how a nonmember views our Church and it's members.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

@Utesby5, So as long as someone is cheering for the red its more ok for them to belittle other? And maybe you weren't aware, but people outside of Utah often associate Mormons with anything related to Utah, that would include the University of Utah. I've lived in many places and people absolutely connect the University of Utah to Mormons, just as they do other things in Utah. And yes, you'd better believe that Mormon Utes represent Mormons.

Its just sad when someone thinks that by cheering for the team in red their bad behavior isn't' as bad. Being a good person has nothing to do with Mormon or non-Mormon. The values that LDS people should uphold are the same values everyone should uphold. Or are you saying that the University of Utah has no values to uphold and belittling others is ok according to the tenets of that school?

Its truly pathetic if someone really thinks its more acceptable for a guy wearing a red shirt to belittle a guy in a blue shirt because the guy in red cheers for the red.

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