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

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Dietrich, ID

Guam Bomb There was no decree to go on mission in Hunters day, Robert D Hales wrote book and same thing. War and depression hindered. A modern prophet said to go and only leaders can excuse you.

Cedar Hills, UT

Parker is doing the right thing - with his talent I am guessing he will end up at Duke or North Carolina. The ONLY trouble is I doubt either school is going to be too keen on him leaving after one season. My guess is he will follow Danny Ainge and play instead of serve a mission. A mission is great but so is playing at the highest level of basketball. We all are blessing with different talents.

Cedar Hills, UT


Danny Ainge didn't serve either. He played for 12 years in the NBA and won a world championship! He later served as an LDS Bishop. There are many ways to serve.

Cedar Hills, UT

remember a mission is an opportunity to serve - not a commandment! I loved my mission but there are some exceptional athletes like Danny Ainge and Steve Young that are blessed with God given talent and I don't think throwing that away is something you automatically do. Only the Savior can judge each of us and he isn't impressed with titles or check lists of what we did. Without Charity you are nothing (Moroni 7) and my guess is that will weigh far more than accomplishments - missions or basketball. Yes every young man should serve a mission - should serve and not must serve. There are sometimes circumstances that may change those plans.

Danbury, CT

Sports and religion don't mix any better than religion and politics. I wish some of you would read your comments once posted from the perspective of a person sitting outside your little bubble. How would Jabari feel if he read this? What would someone from ESPN think?

I'm not saying you're not free to think as you wish or may not have good intentions, just realize this blog is viewable worldwide. How we practice our beliefs is more important than whether we are orthodox.

Clearfield, UT

He never said he wasn't going on a mission. He said not at 18. My only brother-in-law never served a mission. He has served as a Bishop, Stake High Council, and principal of a major High School in Utah. He has a son that served and a grandchildren that have. I have heard a General Authority admit that they often speak in generalities and that there can be exceptions. I wish him nothing but the best whatever he decision he makes.

Hank Pym

@ eastcoastcoug 5:47 a.m. Dec. 5, 2012

I completely agree. As someone from within the Zion curtain but not part of the *true believers*, I avoided weighing in... until now.

That being said, ed in atl 5:27 p.m. Dec. 4, 2012 is 100% right.

Sanpete, UT

Here's food for thought for all the judges on here:

A mission is not a saving ordinance. It's not like temple marriage, word of wisdom, tithing, etc. The guy can still go to the Celestial Kingdom without serving a mission. Now, whether or not you can accept the fact that the kid can make it to the same place as you hypocrites is a matter of your choice, but that's a fact.
Let the kid do what he thinks is best for him, his future, and his life. God will take care of it--not you people.

St. George, UT

I like it when people get after others for judging and then they call them things like "hypocrites." Doesn't make much sense.
There are no "generalities" re: mission service. Of course there are good people who don't serve missions, but the prophet has made it clear that all worthy men should serve.
If he doesn't i'll still support him and wish him well, but I believe that he will be blessed if he does and when he has his own children, and grandchildren, he'll be happy if he served.

Gray, TN

I have always considered serving a 2yr mission as a "tithing on my time" 10% of my first 20 yrs. But that's just me. It's interesting how easily one physical injury can sideline an athlete for a whole season (depending on when it occurs). It's also interesting how one spiritual injury can also subject a person to a long time of healing.
Jabari will make his own decision and will hopefully stick to his commitments - whatever they may be. He seems to be a well principled young man with a testimony of Christ. He'll make his own decision according to how he is led by the spirit.

Syracuse, ut

Pretty simple really, it's completely up to Jabari.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

How is this young man's business anyone's concern but his?

I always love seeing the great number of responses to important issues of the day, like sports. Write an article about trivial stuff like education and scarcely anyone notices.

It's kind of like the way everyone talks about the "reason for the season," yet spend the greatest majority of their Christmas time and treasure on stuff.

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

It is pretty simple. Either you follow your Prophet or you don't. Jabari Parker is, at this stage of his life, NOT choosing to follow his Prophet. He may change his mind (repent) later and go on a mission when he is 19, but unless he injures himself again, I highly doubt he will. Professional athletes have such a short productive life span. He is at his prime and developmental peak. Wasting two years of that prime time would not only be foolish because it would effectively cost him millions of dollars, it may also risk his career entirely.

Allen, TX

higv; I wish you could write properly in English.

Wow, reading these comments no wonder people think we're not Christians.....

My 2nd son is on a mission. My first son decided to get married at 20 (sealed in the temple at 21), so did not go on a mission.

Is one a better human, a better Mormon? Am I a failure of a father first, and a success second?

Is it any of your places to judge me, my children, or Mr. Parker. NO!

Allen, TX

Patriot said: "Danny Ainge didn't serve either. He played for 12 years in the NBA and won a world championship! He later served as an LDS Bishop."

Cracks me up when people hold up Ainge as a good example of the Faith, when for his first 30 years he was a punk. Having been associated with him in Oregon and at BYU, I can tell you that it was probably a good thing he did not serve a mission. Good for his companions, good for the investigators. It took a long time for this particular individual to grow up.... I'm glad he did. But I'm sure the important things in life might have come sooner in life if he had heeded President Kimball's counsel to lengthen his stride and serve a mission.

Allen, TX

Y ask Y:

When did it become a mandate to serve a mission at 18? NEVER. He may elect to serve up to 26 years of age. So for you to state that he is currently NOT following the Prophet and needs to (repent) is false, and the unrighteous judgement puts you in danger of hellfire.

Go Utes!
Springville, UT

Wow, just wow. its no wonder I cannot stomach the culture here in Utah Valley. Guys you seriously need to chill, if you are against young men not going on missions you should start by influencing the young men in your wards, heck, check your own homes for somebody who could use some advice. Do not start laying the gospel down on a kid you have never, met, spoken too, affiliated with, looked at (except online) or invested time and love in raising. He is none of your business you need to relax and let him live. the people who raised him should be the only ones who help him make any decision.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Great news! The church leaders give wise general counsel. GENERAL counsel. There are exceptions to the rules. Jabari is one. He'll do more for the church at Duke and in the NBA than any of you sour grapes hypocrites out there giving Jabari the disappointed head shake. Gimme a break. This is fantastic news! Go Jabari!


I wouldn't purport to tell Jabari whether or not he should serve a mission; however, it would be interesting if someone studied the pro careers of past BYU star basketball players to try to ascertain how much correlation there is between serving a mission and one's longevity in the NBA. Anecdotally, it always seemed to me that the players who served missions (e.g., Devin Durrant, Michael Smith) typically didn't last as long in the NBA as some of the players who didn't (e.g., Danny Ainge, Fred Roberts, Greg Kite). And even an RM like Shawn Bradley, who stayed in the league for over a decade, never really developed into the player he was expected to be. An LDS church member who plays pro basketball, football, or baseball already forgoes strict Sabbath observance for the sake of career. Does it really compound the situation not to serve a mission for the same reason?

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

RE: Higv

Then I guess you didn't notice that part in the scriptures where the Lord tells Moses "Thou Shalt Not Kill," but then tells Nephi take Laban's life for the greater good. What the Lord tells people to do is the Lord's business, and you shouldn't go around inventing doctrine. We are all responsible for our decisions. I'm happy I can teach you more about our religion.

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