First things first... He made the right decision for him. If he later dons a
Cougar uniform, it is a bonus.
I'm glad that Phil is headed to BYU!
Honestly, can he convert poor people that have no hope?
God bless, Phil! You are going to do great things because you have your
priorities in order. 3 Nephi 13:33
Sounds like he will be an excellent missionary. I hope when he is done with his
mission he is able to fulfill his dream of playing football for BYU. Sounds like
he could also be a pretty darn good football player.
Great job Phil! Glad to see a young man make this decision because it was right
for him, not due to pressure. BYU will be here when he gets home.
When I first read the headline, I was let down - but when I read WHY BYU was
losing a top recruiting prospect, I was tickled pink. A guy like Ford putting
off BYU for a mission is a win for everyone except those few BYU fans who
don't understand missions to begin with. This guy will be one
VERY popular player at BYU!
Congratulations Phil on your desire to serve. As an RM myself, you will not
regret the opportunity you have before you. Football can wait and I will look
forward to you joining the Cougars! upon your return.
You've made the right choice Brother Ford! The mission will not only bring
others the truth of the gospel but it will provide you with a firm foundation
that will make your testimony strong for eternity. You are truly an example for
me and other members of The Church to look up to.We will look
forward to you playing football in 3 years at BYU and we will be cheering for
Truly an inspiration wish you all the best.
It seems as though this kids is on fire. Great things will
Is this the unfair advantage that Norman Chow was speaking of?
I think this kid is listening to the right people.
What a great kid!
No, Vince, missions cannot be served anytime, at least not the kind Phil wants
I'm a retiree young man and admire your decision. It's nice that you
are making your own priorities but you should also know missions can be served
"anytime", competitive athletics can't!
Serving a mission will end up being the right choice. Congratulations on your
choice to serve!
Dear Brother Phil,I am so glad that you have made this important
decision to serve. God Bless!!!
Another great story, I just love to read this stuff. Congratulations on your
choice Phil and I have no doubt you will be a great missionary. Even though I
only know you through these articles I feel a lot of pride knowing what a fine
representative of the church you already are. You've just really made me
feel good since I first read about you. Thank you.
The Iowa Western women's soccer coach was out here last week attending a
few of the games at the State Cup soccer tournament. When talking
with him I mentioned that Phil was in the news out here and the coach stated
that Phil is the real deal on the football team and that he talks openly about
his conversion and experiences as this news article states.It sounds
like he will be a great missionary.Congratulations Phil on your
decision to serve!
Great choice Brother Ford. You won't regret your decision.
Thank you, Brother Ford.
Sounds lik a fantastic young man with a good sense of priorities. Great
decision. Serve with the right attitude and it will be an incredible experience
Phil, you have a great attitude, and the right priorities. As a RM and a rabid
BYU sports fan, I can't wait to see you bring the passion you show and the
maturity you will have when you show up to LES in three years. I'll fly
down for your first game and be that fan cheering the loudest when you make
plays. In the meantime, best wishes and Godspeed!
Good luck with your mission, Phil! You won't regret serving.
Phil Ford is making decisions that will positively affect his life and many
others. May the Lord continue to bless this young man and may he continue on a
Sounds like a great decision. Best wishes to Mr. Ford in all his endeavors.
Seems to be well-balanced and not just by the fact that he can stand up on ice
skates with both hands in his pockets.