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Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 5:25 a.m. MDT

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Austin, TX

Chris B. is right.

I, as a Mormon, am made to feel bad for merely *watching* "the big game" on Sundays and not separating it for the Lord. At the same time, other Mormons are revered for *choosing to play on Sundays*. There is a clear double standard. It is undeniable.

I am not criticizing the athletes who do it...I'd do the same (relevant username)...but I am criticizing all the church leaders and church owned publications who want it both ways.

Eric Weddle is a hero bc he played on Sundays for money when he didn't have to.
BYU Women's Rugby Team are heroes bc they didn't play on Sunday.

Which is it?

BTW: How will Weddle explain to Jesus that football was more important than the 10 Commandments? I'd love the right response...I'll need it too.

Uncle Rico Coug

Chris B...you love to find reasons to argue and disagree!

The bottom line is that at judgement day everyone will be held accountable for their actions which includes Sabbath Day observance. You can choose to do whatever you want on Sunday but if it doesn't follow The Lord's commandment we will be held accountable. The problem is everyone interprets that commandment differently. Those of us that CHOOSE to do inappropriate things on Sunday will have to answer for it on that day and in the meantime it will affect our spirituality negatively.

Those who's career REQUIRES them to work on Sunday don't have a choice because it is their responsibility as fathers to provide for their family. Yes, they could find a different career but it is not always that easy. I am active LDS and I have had to work from time to time on Sunday--although I hate it. But you do your best in that situation and work around it.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Steve Young for example - what was it, great, great, great grandson to Brigham Young the Prophet? Steve was not perfect too and he chose to play on Sunday but I am sure he did the same what Eric did attending Sacrament at early time schedule. They are using their missionary tool by showing their good examples and display their beliefs. Live Long and Prosper! Go Cougars!

Mesa, AZ

Chris B

Why does this matter to you? Don't tell us that others judge you, you judge yourself. Allow others the same option.

Highland, UT


It was a "requirement" of the team they "chose" to play on. Splitting hairs is your specialty.

I personally don't care if you "have a hard time believing in a faith" that you find contradictory, mainly because I don't think you are even vaguely sincere about it. The church as an institution has chosen to abstain from Sunday competition so anyone, or any team, offically representing the church will not be able to do so. But individuals make their own decisions and come to their own conclusions about what they are going to do in regards to the commandment to keep the sabbath day holy and we all have our own opnions on it. It really is as simple as that. The istitution says not to participate but it is open for all of us to decide what we'll individually do. And not everything the church advises us to do is something we are going to be 'punished' for not doing.

You just want to scream hypocrisy and try to put Mormons in the worst possible light you can put them in. If you had a sincere desire to understand I might take you seriously.

West Valley, Utah

Thanks to Chris' cold/stonehearted attitudes towards the LDS faith and lack of respect for BYU, BYU fans, and LDS faithful collectively I will no longer be reading or commenting on these message boards. He doesn't listen to people when they try to explain beliefs or opinions and will ignore any points anyone tries to make good or bad if they disagree with his. All he wants is to spread bad blood through anyone who disagrees with him and I recommend to everyone not to contest with him any longer. It's just a waste of time. Eric Weddle is a great guy. Playing football is his job. Yes he could choose another that does not require Sunday play but for someone who does choose this career path he does the best he can to honor the sabbath. The difference is choosing to attend a sporting event is 100% the choice of an individual to do on Sundays. NFL players cannot choose their own schedules and attending sporting events does not help feed a family. Ultimately it is up to God to judge. Not us. We just need to do the best we can with what we have. Czesc, MAQ.

West Point , UT

As a member of the LDS faith but one that also loves watching the NFL on sundays, I have had members tell me I'm wrong or I "need to repent". I don't let it bother me because I have a great relationship with God and feel that I'm a good man and good example in many areas of my life. As others have suggested, this as any other commandment, is a choice that we make between ourselves and god.
Chris: if there are people that judge you for Sunday game attendance or the univ of Utah for playing on Sunday shame on them. But why do you let it bother you? If you're ok with it then why do you let other people's judgements get to you? I will never judge you as a BYU fan for what you do on Sunday Chris, but don't be a hypocrit and judge others the way they may have judged you. Walk away and be ok with the decision you have made.
As for Eric Weddle, what a tremendous example for our youth, and what an inspiration for all of us.

Hyrum, UT

@Chris B:

If you sincerely want your questions answered, simply take the missionary discussions with an open mind and heart. That will certainly answer a lot of your questions and help you to become less critical at the same time. Only you can decide what it is you're really after.

Cris B.
Sandy, UT


Sorry, can't play the victim card.

You can't claim to be doing the best you can, while playing sports on Sundays and having your members criticize me for saying God is ok with sports on Sundays.

Let me make this simple:

Is GOD totally OK with playing/watching/attending sports on Sundays?

Yes or No.

Because I've been told NO on these boards.

And yet you Mormons are congratulating and looking up to those playing on Sundays.


Is God totally OK with watching/playing/attending sports on Sundays?

It's either yes or no.

Please no flip flopping.

Yes or no?

common twit
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B, I am LDS and I agree with you. Which is it?

Cris B.
Sandy, UT

Attention all:

See teleste for perfect response. He/she said it better than I could have

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After reading teleste's response, I ask again:

Which is it?

IRS Agent

Not everything is black and white. In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve two commandments. 1. Don't partake of the forbidden fruit. 2. Multiply and replenish the earth. These two commandments were mutually exclusive. However, one had to be broken in order for God's plan to be accomplished. The result of that broken commandment was a lifetime of hardship and struggles.

I suppose our lives might be similar. The breaking of one commandment may lead to a lifetime of hardship and struggles that ultimately lead us to be the people that God wanted us to be all along. We all have a different path to walk in this life. Sometimes those paths cross with other's along the way. Try to understand that they are just trying to struggle their way along, just like you. Enjoy the journey and learn to cherish the lessons learned from those others that cross your path along the way.

Hyrum, UT

Chris B or Cris B:

You haven't done a good job of explaining why you are digging at this particular topic so hard. Right now, it appears you're just trying to be controversial, especially given your past history of antagonism toward the LDS church and anything associated with it (i.e.,BYU).
Think about the real answer very carefully and honestly before replying.

That's A Good One
Salt Lake City, UT

"It is unclear how many Raider fans were at church that day"
LOL, that's a good one.

Hey, the NFL didn't stop Giff Nielsen from rising to the top councils of the church. Don't be surprised if Eric Weddle becomes a Seventy some day. He seems like that caliber of person to me.

Provo, UT

@ Cris B

You are quite right when you say that people should not condemn you and praise others for doing the same thing. The fact is, we mormons are specifically told not to judge others, but we often do so anyway. When it comes to keeping the sabbath day holy there are things that have been recommended, but not necessarily commanded (turn the tv off, no sporting events...). We have been commanded to avoid working on sundays as much as is reasonable. There is leniency in this matter, especially for converts. God is an understanding, merciful individual.

The Final Word
Alpine, UT


If you were truly interested in an answer instead of trying to "catch" someone in a perceived conflicting statement then that might be a different story.

It is pretty clear to most what your objective is here and that is attempt to undermine an entire religion using a single gospel principle.

Pure folly.

People are fallible and nobody is perfect. Peoples lives and circumstance require judgement calls all the time. Consequently trying to prove someone made a choice that is in some way a conflict to the principle does not disprove the source of the principle.

Weak sauce.

Highland, UT


I haven't heard anyone say they are looking up to Weddle because he plays sports on Sunday, once agqain you try to set up a strawman and it is a failure on your part.

People look up to weddle because he is trying to to the best he can in his circumstance and because he appears to be a quality individual. If playing on Sunday is the wrong thing to do then so be it, but all of us do some things the wrong way and some things the right way and Weddle appears to be one of those that does more things right than he does things that are wrong.

That is why people are "looking up to him".

Red Leader
Bountiful, UT

And here all I wanted to do was comment "Good for Eric Weddle (not Steve Weddle)! I don't go to church when the Chargers have a game on Sunday, and I don't even play football...".

I haven't found anywhere in the article, or elsewhere for that matter, praise for an athlete playing on Sunday. The praise comes from them making that fit into their schedules, when it would be easy to not go.

The problem with the question of YES or NO, is this right? is that a big part of LDS theology is personal revelation. Some LDS athletes have stopped playing after college because they didn't want to play on Sunday - one football player was even drafted, even though he had made the decision clear he wouldn't play. It's up to the individual person.

Is it a necessary job like a doctor, police officer, or other things like that where Sunday work is unavoidable? Not really, but that's the athlete's decision, and that's the talent and opportunity to provide that they've been given. It's not for us to judge.

Plus, religion isn't just for Sundays anymore.

Austin, TX


DEW Cougars said people look up to them because they play on Sunday.

"[By playing on Sundays Steve Young and Eric Weddle] are using their missionary tool by showing their good examples and display their beliefs."

Even if we look up to them for *other reasons*...ya can't have the Sabbath day go both ways for ya...otherwise the BYU Women's Rugby were stupid not to compete on Sunday just like good-guy Weddle and good-guy Young.

Which is it?

Bountiful, UT


Obviously if there is a problem with playing on Sundays, it's forgivable because you have former athletes as General Authorities, Mission Presidents, Stake Presidents, Bishops, etc.

Yes, it would be ideal if everything would just stop on Sundays, but that is not the world we live in. The point is that we try to avoid being OF the world.

I've sometimes graded papers on Sunday... was that a great Sunday activity? Probably not, but that was the circumstance I found myself in.

I watch football on Sundays. Is that the best thing to do on Sundays? Again, probably not... in fact I know, when I really think about, that there are better things I could be doing on Sundays. But I like watching the games, that's when they are, and I don't really have time to watch them on other days.

Like I said, church isn't just for Sundays. Just because that's the day we observe the Sabbath doesn't mean we don't do Sabbath activities during the week. The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath...

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