Is it possible for educated people, including scientists, to not know the
difference between worshiping a hero and holding a hero up as a shining example
to be admired? Apparently so. I'll tell you what Dennis and Scientist -
when we do any the following to this missionary/quarterback or to green
jello:Reference them as gods;Call them perfect in every
way;Claim they bring salvation;Pray to them or in their name;Sing Hallelujah to them;Rename our church after them;Give them
different, generic names or titles to avoid irreverent repetition of their real
names,then you'll know we worship them. How sad to be void of
people you admire, if you are truly unable to admire others and extol their
virtues without worshiping them. Also, what does it say about a person who
would read an uplifting article about a good an decent person just to disparage
those who admire him?
@Scientist...your point was missed...again. Hero worship is as part of
mormonism as green jello.There is an interesting double edged sword
kind of thing going on here. Zwahlen sacrifices his athletics to go on a
mission and it's so wonderful and inspiring.Jimmer (and others)
don't go and that's inspiring too because they're on a
"different" kind of mission. Somebody want to clarify here?
@A Scientist "Do the LDS people engage in hero worship much?"If you mean do we admire people who do great and wonderful things, and
encourage our children to follow their example then, yes, I would say most
do.If you mean supposed heroes of the secular crowd like Richard
Dawkins. Not so much. That would then be "zero worship"
Do the LDS people engage in hero worship much?
Great article about a great young man. We have heard many stories like this
before, but I hope we never tire of hearing them or telling them.
A great account of a young man willing to serve, just like tens of thousands of
others who have put their lives on hold to serve the Master. I am grateful for
each one of them.With respect to where he might or might not play,
how about you just let him serve his mission for the next 22 or so months?
@SFunk Don't forget berryville, front royal, stephens city, harpers ferry ,
and petersburg we are in the winchester stake too. He is in the Balt, MD
mission. You wouldn't think so but the configuration is a bit werid. From
Balt, MD the Mission spreads out like a funnel..
@wehage65This Elder is in the Maryland, Baltimore Mission. I have
met this Elder while he was on exchanges to our unit and he is amazing. This
mission is very exciting for the missionaries because at one point of their
missions, they could be serving on bikes in down town Baltimore and the next in
cars on the back roads of the Shenandoah Valley. I don't know the exact
boundaries of the Baltimore Maryland mission but Luray VA, Woodstock VA,
Winchester VA and Romney WV is in our Stake which is the Winchester VA Stake.The look that missionaries have when they come out into the mission
field is funny because they hear Baltimore Maryland but then they end up in VA
on the border with WV with not city around. At one time, our stake
was in the DC South mission but that changed about 10 years ago and 1/2 of the
missionaries went to the DC South mission and the boundaries changed and the
other half stayed where they were and it became the Maryland Baltimore Mission.
Nice story; however after two years in the mission field, desires and
commitments may change and a good chance that Chow won't be there to coach
him after his mission. Better chance he'll decide to go to BYU after the
mission--that's a better option than Hawaii;
If this kid comes back and plays for Hawaii, I may have to start rooting for
Remarkable young man and I'm sure remarkable parents, family and community.
Individuals like Elder Zwahlen make this world a better place!
There are 2 missions between Baltimore and Luray VA, are you sure you got the
right mission? Sounds like it ought to be the DC South mission, Not Baltimore.
indemakThis gives Utah time to recruit "the ones that got
away". Part of their plan.pot meet kettle
This young man has great character and I hope to learn that his sacrifices paid
off for him personally. But the main thing I get from this story is that others
will be blessed by his sacrifice. He will benefit, for sure. But the lives he
will touch are of great worth to God.
This gives BYU time to recruit "the ones that got away". Part of their
Well done Elder, well done!
And if Coach Chow is for some reason no longer the coach at UH in two years,
expect to see this Elder at BYU. That could also feasibly be part of the plan.
This young man certainly knows what is right for him to do and I'm so proud
of him and his choice to serve the Lord. If only more of us could have the
vision, the desire and determination to do what we know is right whether others
in the world agree or not. Wow...what a choice young man - he will be successful
in anything he does because of the love and faith he has in the Lord.