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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012 3:20 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

If he plays he will not serve his mission. He will get drafted. unfortunate that he sold out for money and fame. He will regret it.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

My guess is if he chooses any school but byu and says no to a mission, most Ute fans(aka byu haters) will applaud him for doing the right thing for his career.

If he chooses byu and still doesn't go on a mission, the same Ute fans will call him a hypocrit for being a mormon but not doing the mission thing.

Provo, UT

Interesting that inthebooth knows so well what is in Jabari's mind and heart. Pretty black-and-white bold statement: "He will regret it." What if he doesn't regret it? Also, I'm not sure he sold out for money and fame. Fame he already has, and the money is there for him at any time, since the only thing he needs to do is play a year of college ball to sign a first-round draftee contract in the NBA worth millions - that whether he goes on a mission or not.

I think that New Testament statement about judging has real merit and application for us all.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Sports Are Great

I was going to ask you if you'd like a bigger brush to paint with, then I realized the one you've already got is big enough.

This Ute fan will not call Jabari Parker anything no matter where he goes or what he does, because I'm not his judge.

Maricopa, AZ

You had to know that someone like 'inthebooth' would chime in and pretend to care what this good young man does.
Not that I'm convinced that 'itb' is even LDS.
If only any one of us were in the position that this young man is in.
I suspect he feels alot of pressure no matter what direction he goes.
I for one hope he just enjoys being a 17 year old kid playing high school bball.

Pleasant Grove, UT

"I am not his judge," eh, Sir Robin:

"Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

President Hinckley's counsel did not make exceptions for promising young athletes, singers, actors, or other celebrities. Nor did it make an exception for those who think (or are told) that they will do more missionary work by furthering their careers than going on a mission, like a lot of local leaders were doing 30 years ago.

This isn't 1981 any more...everyone needs to get with the times."

But nobody's judging, right?

Farmington, UT

Cut him a little slack to decide his future. Not every young man is a good fit at age 18 (or even 19). And then look in the mirror before deciding what someone else did regarding missionary service was wrong if they go out at a later time. I know missionaries who left at about age 25 and they are very good missionaries. It's their decisiion and agency to decide when to serve.

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

ITB you why I enjoy living in the south and not UT. Jabari just listen to your heart. You will do well whatever you decide. Is it too late to get a game with against Lone Peak and Simeon?


This has to be why his parents have been very protective of him. He's got so much pressure on him from being an elite Basketball player. Add to that the pressure of millions of Mormons and their expectations and that's a heavy load for a 17 year old.

BTW, I don't recall anything in the guideline saying that a male must leave when they are 18. For those who have already made plans, as it appears Jabari has done, I don't see a need to change them.

If he goes of doesn't it's up to him. If he doesn't then the "righteous" need to keep it zipped. It would be good to remember that the LDS Church was once led by a man who decided to chase a music career instead of a mission.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

Weak Lady Robin,

You just got rocked by PG Viking Dad. I stand by my claim. If the kid chooses BYU and doesn't go on a mission, he'll be criticized by Utes both Mormon and non-Mormon. If he goes elsewhere and doesn't do the mission, the same people will be congratulating the guy.

Lady Robin - You've already proven to be a flip flopper.

Mcallen, TX

Sports Are Great,

Question? Did Jimmer, and Steve Young go on missions?

Salt Lake City, UT

Jabari Parker is a good young man whether he serves a mission or not. If he chooses to not serve a mission he probably should not play at BYU as so many members of my church cannot fully respect an individual's choice if it doesn't match how they believe he should behave. Yes, church leaders have stated that all worthy young men are obligated to serve a mission but that doesn't change the fact that some choose not to. The same church leaders also teach that we should love one another even when others choose differently than we do. I personally hope that Jabari prayerfully considers his choices and then does what he is prompted to do and what is in his heart. He deserves our acceptance whatever he decides.

Al Thepal
Salt Lake City, UT

Although I agree with the Prophets who have said every able young man should serve a mission, I also agree with the Savior when he said judge not that ye be not judged. Do I think Jabari would make a great missionary and do I think it would be a great experience for him? Yes, of course I do. But at the same time, I will not judge him not blame him if he chooses to not serve a mission. How many of you who are judging him can honestly say that you would serve a mission if you were in his shoes? I know I can't.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ PGVikingDad,

Christ didn't make any exceptions either when he commanded us not to judge others with unrighteous judgement. No one has the right to pass judgement on anyone for not going on a mission, you have no idea what is going on in their lives. None.


Sports are great,
And I suspect that if he chooses provo, then


I'm LDS, went on a mission and it was great for me. But I would not pretend to know anything about what Jabari is going through or to receive any revelation or guidance for him.

I saw an interviews and read some articles on Jabari and he is a far better person at his age than I was! I think that is as far as anyone should go on judging him, just far enough to be impressed by him as a person.

He seems like a great person and will make the best decisions he can which should be enough!

Beverly Hills, CA

It is between him and God.

Elk Hair Caddis
Sandy, UT


I totally agree. It is between him and God!!!

Mission or no mission he would be loved at BYU and later respected in the church as have Jimmer,Young,Ainge and many other outstanding members who did not serve missions (with white shirts and ties that is).

Dietrich, ID

This article was on the sports page a few days ago with all the comments. Welcome to conference a brief introduction President Monson first thing talks about going on missions. For him to say that that frequently that early means it is pretty important. As for Freddettte, Young and Ainge they missed out on great experiences by not going. An individual that joined the church at 19 served in several leadership positions but did not go on mission got married said A mission would of helped him in those callings.

Many athletes did go on missions and did ok on there return, Sid Going, John Beck, Devan Durrant. Could the people that mentioned did not go had better experiences going on missions? Who joined the church because they skipped there missions? We are not to make unrighteous judgements. Many active people may not go on mission does not mean they are bad people. Not in limelight. Just miss an oppurtunity to follow the counsel of the prophets. DAvid Archuleta is now on a mission. AS far as I know It is up to an individual to decide if he weill go. However I don't think the Lord himself continued

Dietrich, ID

I don't think the Lord himself would tell the prophet one thing and tell an individual to do something diffrent. Since the Lord does not tell someone individualy what he has revealed collectively and is no respector of persons. Mission playing ball, Is someone free to donate ten percent of there income to charity, Feel religious with creations and not church, Or modify any other commandment for what they think is greater good. Playing in front of thousands though takes work to get there is nothing like sacrficing for your brothers and sisters were the Lord calls you.

OF course I would not say someone not going is bad, But there are greater blessings for those that choose to serve how the Lord wants them too. How will a mission damage them or the church? A few people will point to missionaries that are not to be out there. True there always will be bad apples. But do the few bad apples excuse others from going with fame and talent? I would think it would be great if all great athleted went on missions myself for there and there brothers and sisters benefits.

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