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Published: Thursday, Jan. 10 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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Benhur
Everett, WA

It is always wonderful to hear about opposing players and fans that join the LDS church. However, once they are members, BYU should become the primary school they support and root for, above all other schools.

OCoug
Ogden, UT

Benhur sounds like troll comment.

Max
Charlotte, NC

There is much I could write that others have already said, but the one thing that nobody has mentioned that really touched me was that Mitch's parents came to his baptism. We hear so much about parents who disown their kids for joining the church. I have never understood how a parent could do that and I half expected that to be the case here with his parents being so anti-LDS. However, as Mitch said, "THE LOVE OF A PARENT". Yes, I have to say they were misguided for openly shunning their LDS neighbors. That is a little over the top but they are obviously good, sincere people. It must have been very difficult for them but they love and support their son. Family first!

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

I wonder if he plays church balls with his former utes players team agaisnt our former cougar players? Will Mitch would get his red blood against us? That would be cool what he could do or he woud be too light against our former cougar friends. Jeff Chatman and Josh Grant would love that. What do you think? I think Cindy would love that. You might want Jeff R. Holland to be the reffing.

donn
layton, UT

@Veracity,The Lords work continues...I got that feeling, the one you don’t want to admit, especially someone stubborn like me,” Smith said. “There was no chance of denying what I felt.”

I got the opposite feeling that the church was not true when I had a Biblical conversion(Born from above) after 20 years and I left the church.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Mitch should be in the Utah Athletics Hall of Fame.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

donn.
Thanks for sharing your story too. I read the Book of Mormon almost every day and cannot figure out how anyone who reads and studies it like I do can come to any conclusion other than of its veracity and divine origins. Do you honestly believe that Joseph Smith could have made up the book? Or do you honestly believe Satan would do such a wonderful work in the earth in teaching true principles that advocate our becoming like Jesus Christ? I doubt that you would share the truth to theses questions with readers. Also, how many years before your defection did you quit reading, pondering, and praying about the Book of Mormon? I know that if you returned to doing just as Moroni, the prophet, promised, your testimony can return stronger than ever before. By the way, are you aware that the Book of Mormon supports the Bible and that the Bible supports the Book of Mormon? It takes effort and sincerity, and that's why the Church continues to grow.

Susie_Hodson
Kansas City, MO

What a beautiful story! Thank you, Mitch and Cindy for making my day!

donn
layton, UT

RE: Cinci man,I know that if you returned to doing just as Moroni, the prophet, promised, your testimony can return stronger than ever before.

Moroni 10:34. Jehovah The Eternal Judge. Also From LDS revelation, we learn that Jehovah is the English form of the actual name by which the Lord Jesus was known ANCIETLY (D&C 110:3 ,Jehovah appears to JS, Abraham 2:8,My is name is Jehovah) 788 Mormon Doctrine. s/b YHWH, JS was unaware of the poor KJV translation of the Personal name of God(LORD)YHWH.

The spelling Jehovah appeared first during the 1762-1769 editing of the KJV Bible. The transcription Jehovah is nothing but a misunderstanding by Christian translators of Jewish reading traditions

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

donn.

I stand here in total shock that JS translated the Book of Mormon into English. I never would have imagined that. But I am not surprised that you could not answer my questions. I hope it works out for you. Even with all that you say against the Savior and His chosen prophets, the atonement will always be there for you. And you are welcome back any time and I would be the first to humbly welcome you with open arms. I met a man on my mission who left the Church under circumstances similar to yours. That was many years ago and he found his way back when he returned to principles taught by Moroni and other Book of Mormon and Bible prophets. Mitch and Cindy show a great example of just how the gospel and the Savior of the world can work for you. Best wishes always.

donn
layton, UT

TO: Cinci Man, I stand here in total shock that JS translated the Book of Mormon into English? Not my point. "From LDS revelation”, we learn that Jehovah is the English form of the actual name by which the Lord Jesus was known ANCIETLY) 788 Mormon Doctrine.Wrong, s/b YHWH.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

To donn:

Thanks for saying exactly what I said.

"Jehovah is the English form of the actual name by which the Lord Jesus was known ANCIETLY (sp)"

I'm so glad we can agree. Welcome back! Feel free to answer the questions if you can understand them.

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

I love uplifting conversion stories like this one of Mitch Smith. It helps strengthen my testimony. It shows how people were placed in his life for a reason, especially Coach LA. Everything happenes for a reason. And we have to continually "water" our testimonies as it is a process in keeping them strong.

donn
layton, UT

Cinci Man,"Jehovah is the English form of the actual name by which the Lord Jesus was known ANCIETLY “wrong,.
The spelling Jehovah appeared first during the 1762-1769 editing of the KJV Bible. The transcription Jehovah is nothing but a misunderstanding by Christian translators of Jewish reading traditions." JS saw the KJV not Jesus.

The KJV/3 Nephi Sermon on the Mount. LDS Scholar Dr. Larson finds 12 examples where JS copied the 1769 KJV errors.

Mt 6:13 KJV and 3Nephi 13:13 Both have the doxology, For thine is he Kingdom and power and the glory forever amen. The KJV is based on 9th to 12th century texts. Earlier and better manuscripts do not contain the doxology. Only One example.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

Great Story. Love and patience win out.

jjarseneau
Salt Lake, UT

Lynn Archibald was a good man.

WON84
PLANO, TX

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Universal Truth

Salt Lake City, UT

In response to Redweek: This was a great article, and it sounds like Mitch Smith was and is a great guy. But I would be shocked beyond belief if a coach were to say that he would prefer a player on an opposing team to the one on his team."

You do remember who Michael Smith was right?

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

Article quote: “We didn’t know why we hated them ('Mormons')— we just did, and that’s how it was. I grew up persecuting them a bit.”

Sadly, this happens far, far too much.

I will say that one of the MOST pleasant and eye-opening experiences on my mission (Bible Belt....south Lousiana, south Mississippi and south Alabama....that's as 'Deep South' as you can get) was in personally meeting hundreds and HUNDREDS of good, God-fearing, Christians who were not members of the LDS faith.

Good people and I love them even today, despite the fact that I've been home for over 20 years.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Cinci Man:

Please be nice. Contention is not of the Lord, right?

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Man, reading some of these comments leads me to one conclusion: There are some really weird people out there.

Love you Mitch!

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