I think this is awesome, but I can't help but wonder where their nametags
Thanks Redheadedstranger for your comments. It brought tears to my eyes. I
have 2 sons out serving and I know it brought tears to his parents eyes as well.
Michigander we have the whole package! One day you realize it.
This is nothing new. My companion and I would hoop it up 5 on 5 with the locals
in our shirt and ties and vibram soled shoes back in the 80's in Brazil.
After reading Chris B's comment ("Dunking on an 8 foot hoop..."), I
wondered whether the hoop is the regulation 10 feet, so I did a few
calculations. In the video, the player with the light shorts goes up and
touches the pole on two different occasions. This allows one to make some
measurements and assess the relative height of the basket compared to this
player. My calculations revealed that the basket is 9.91 feet high or about 9
feet 11 inches. The only assumptions made to come up with this height is that
the player is 6 feet tall and he is standing on the ground level with the bottom
of the pole (not standing in a hole or floating in the air). In order for Chris
B to be correct that it is an 8 foot hoop, this player would have to be 4 feet
10 inches tall. Sorry Chris, wrong again.
The LDS hath basketball, but the complete truth ye have not.
I laugh every time I watch this video, I love it! Seriously people, it stinks
knocking on doors all day, this kind of fellowshiping with the locals goes a
long way in building relationships. We did all kinds of activites on my mission
to engage people, we taught english, had ping-pong tournamnets, and even played
the occasional hoops when a court or gym was available and I loved it. Times
have changed, the daily grind of knocking on doors is slowly starting to fade as
more effective methods of building friendships are being discovered in
missionary work.....Thankfully. Some people need to chill out.
@ Dennis,What better way to build relationships with individuals than to
play a friendly game of basketball? The way missionary work is done is
changing. My friend told me he wouldn't discuss religion with two complete
strangers, but would more likely to ask questions of those he's acquainted
with and has a relationship with. So, if these men don't have LDS friends,
why can't the missionaries become more of "friends" then by playing
basketball with them? It's important for these young men and women to be
seen as people and not as robots brainwashed from birth, to establish
relationships with the people they desire to teach. In my mission, I was not
allowed to wear a badge because of the country I was in. It helped me to
develop friendships with others without the formal approach. It works, believe
it or not, much better than knocking on doors.
@Brother Benjamin FranklinI understand what you are saying about the
mission being safer, consider this if you would:Missionaries go
voluntarily. They face the same risk at home of getting in a car accident, or
getting injured. For the thousands that serve missions and the few incidents
that actually take place, the mission field is pretty safe. I served a mission
in Northern Brazil in dangerous areas and was highly respected by the
natives.You see breaking stories of missionaries when accidents
happen because it is big news. All in all though, few accidents happen. Plus, if
a missionary loses his life in the service of the Lord, I am sure he is in
pretty good shape eternally speaking. I say that with all respect to those who
have lost a missionary while in service. I lost a good friend while he was out
serving and know what it is like to receive that news.This is a cool
video. People can see that missionaries are not robots, but they are fun people
with personalities too.
It is always the biggest surprise when the elders and sisters show non members
that they enjoy the same things they do. In addition to teaching my
granddaughter lessons for baptism, they come over and help my daughter do lesson
plans for nursery! The elders have never failed to show up and help me move!
If is weren't for missionaries I would not be a member of the church today.
Joined in 1964. Love the missionaries!
I'm wondering why the elders aren't "working" instead of
goofing around playing hoops?Wish I had gone to that mission.
I think that your son is out of his mind for not honing his basketball talents
in college right now and that he is risking his life every day to do this, but I
respect that he is out there doing something he feels is right and trying to
make the world a better place. He is pretty good for not having
played much, particularly in a shirt and tie. I will tell you this: he plays
much better than I ever would in street clothes! That being said, I
think basketball is a bit overrated in the LDS Church as a fellowshipping tool.
But if it helps bring people into living better lives, it can only help. After
all, religions also use things like social events, outdoor activities, plays,
and English classes to help too, right? Good luck to these
missionaries! They seem to be fine young men. Although I think the LDS Church
ought to give consideration to calling missionaries to locations and missions
where they can be safer, I commend these young men for what they are doing here.
How can this video NOT bring a smile to your face. So good natured and fun. I thought for sure even Chris B would enjoy this one.
Thanks Red Headed Stranger. We are proud of him. Thanks for your comments. Dad
Thanks Red Headed Stranger. I am his Dad and my wife and I just saw your
comments. Thank You.
Chris B - "Don't be surprised to see the SUU guy transfer to byu one
day."Thanks cb. U are right. It's a much better feeling
wondering how many guys want to transfer to our program each year, than
wondering how many guys will transfer out of your program each year.
Chris B, as a Ute fan I would kindly ask you to keep your BYU/Utah comments to a
story actually relating to BYU/Utah.As for the missionaries, I have
to say that opening hearts of people to the Gospel in unique ways is very cool.
I wish them the best and hope they can help others using their many talents.
Good luck Elders.
Brings back great memories of my mission in Virginia when we would go to
Quantico and play against the Marines on our prep days. Five of the six of us
were better than average players and could 360 degree dunk. Three Elders were
college basketball players. Suffice it to say we were undefeated. This really
boosted our missionary work in a very favorable way.
I coached Cole in baseball and he is a great kid. He will be a star wide
receiver at SUU just like he was at Orem High At Orem High they measured his
vertical jump at 38 inches. The kid is a beast. He is a great all around
athlete and even a better kid. @Chris B. so sad that you have to criticize
someone like Cole. He has more class and athletic talent then you could ever
dream of having. Keep up the good work Cole, you are a great representative for
Too cool! Way to go Elders!
Elder Payne is currently serving in my ward. On the first day that he
transferred here to my ward he and his companion came over to my home. Within
ten minutes of meeting me he was pulling weeds in my backyard. Humble is not a
sufficient word to describe him. I didn't find out until today that he had
a football scholarship and played on a state championship basketball team. As a
ward missionary I have taught several discussions with him, and had several
gospel discussions driving in the with Elder Payne and his companion. I stood in
a priesthood circle with him to give blessings of comfort. His deep desire to
learn is matched by the concern and love he shows to his investigators. I think
he is actually embarrassed by what is going on.He is a disciple of
Christ and a wonderful asset to the church here in Texas. I hope his parents
read this, because any parent should be proud of him, not because he is an
athlete, but because of his willingness to work hard as a missionary.
Chris B:These dudes would still beat your lowly Pac-11+U team.
Chris B I am not the biggest BYU fan but when every post you make includes
a BYU slam it make all ute fans seem like big cry baby's!!!!
What would have been even better than this video would be to have the Elders
invite their mission president to play in the game. The president of the Dallas
Texas Mission which includes Henderson is President Devin Durrant former BYU and
pro basketball player. That would really have been awesome!
Dunking on an 8 foot hoop, these dudes have hops.Don't be
surprised to see the SUU guy transfer to byu one day.