Go Utes: split loyalties can be rewarding. I cheer for both teams except when
they play each other, but when they play each other, I have to be true blue!
Things are easier that way now with them in different conference set-ups.Kosimov: your story validates Brian's: we all get the experiences
we need in this life to refine us--give us the opportunities needed to benefit
mankind and progress toward Celestial Glory. I've worked with students,
scouts, so-called troubled teens, youth with physical and mental challenges: all
with different backgrounds and interests. Those who remain positive and work
hard to overcome make it in spite of severe hardships.To all: stay
positive, work hard, and "Wait upon the Lord" (Re: Elder Robert D.
Hale's conference address a couple of years back. Search lds.org to find
it.)To DN: Thank you for the positive, uplifting stories, and the
opportunity to contribute.
For most of my life, stories like this dismayed me, and turned me bitter!! I was
not born in the Church, did not have a happy or character building childhood
(due to parental abuse), was not blessed with God-given talents, and I developed
13 genetic health problems after joining the Church and serving a mission, which
STILL plague me(?). Why did the Lord DO that to me!!! I tortured myself
thinking I didn’t have a fair chance compared to people like Brian; I had
to work desperately to reach the point at the END of my life that people like
Brian BEGAN from! I had to "bleed and struggle", while they had
"performance enhancing blessings" that I didn’t deserve(?). I was
overloaded with self-pity. Well, sorta. Ain't that
a sad story?Now, when I read Brian's and other's stories,
I am thrilled and encouraged; I hope Brian reaches all his goals spectacularly!
It was stories like this that taught me the error of my ways, in a way I cannot
explain. Thank you, "all you Brians", for living righteously, so the
Lord could use your lives to save mine. Godspeed all!
Great story! Keep digging up these awesome stories. What a great example for
all of us.
Great story and better ending. Sad that sports is more performance enhancing
drugs than just skill anymore. If only they all could compete on a level playing
field. Thanks for being an example. Good luck in your practice.
May be seeing you as I have many children and several special needs that go to
these pediatric dentists.
Thank you for the great article. As a big-time Ute fan who tries to avoid all
things BYU (I am smiling as I write that, not hating), I extremely admire the
great choices made by Brian Banks. In an era when too many Mormon athletes
forgo the mission to pursue professional goals, nice to hear of a story like
this. It is possible and perhaps likely that Brian could have had more success
in MLB had he stayed home from the mission. But look at how much more he has
gained. What stands out most to me is the great moral compass. That does not
come easy. It comes from a life of making good choices, including tough
choices. Thank you for the great example. Enjoyed reading about your great
baseball career. Best of luck in your second career and in all endeavors.
Brian Banks was one of my seminary students in Mesa, Arizona. He was a class
act as a teenager, and I am not surprised that he continues to live his life as
an example to so many people. His children are blessed to have such a great
father.Keep it up Brian Banks! Mountain View Toro's!
Thank you for your great example, Bro Banks.Thanks for sharing this