Some LDS people will record this game and watch it the next day so they are not
"breaking the Sabbath to find out how their fellow Mormons did. Other
Church members will "fall into temptation" and watch the game and
commercials. Isn't free agency wonderful!
I don't watch the games on Sunday. I DVR them and watch them throughout
the week. Yes, even the Super Bowl.
No offense, but whatever happened to that story of the guy who refused to run in
the Olympics because it was the Sabbath? I love football, and watched football
every Sunday until I was baptized into the LDS Church in the late 1980's,
and it just didn't seem like appropriate Sunday viewing. It's fine
that these guys are on successful teams, and I am sure they have ways of dealing
with having to work on Sundays while maintaining their spirituality, but it just
doesn't seem like the ideal path, and I am puzzled why church-owned
publications seem to forget that. (I think Deseret News is church-owned, but I
could be wrong on that.)
I know of at least one LDS player that was not mentioned in this article,
Dever's Sione Fua. He is older brother to BYU's Alani Fua. Good luck
Sione, your uncles, aunts and cousins are rooting for you... even those that are
And then there was one..... GO SeahawkS!
CDL, Maybe because they don't do the cross on their chest when they score
or point to the sky or kneel and pray or wear a cross or praise God at the
microphone, etc. etc. In other words maybe because you would not know by show so
to speak, if they did not tell us. And General you bring up a good point but,
it comes down to a personal decision. In my case I ask myself, Do any of the
players really care about my salvation? And does it really make a difference in
my life who wins? Once I thought about watching a replay of the game on Monday
but then looked at the score Monday morning and thought why waste the time?
wow that is a story? who cares who is a mormon or not?
Maxx-- Not everyone agrees on the apostrophe in this case. I use it because
it's leaving out letters in the full word "congratulations" which
for me, the apostrophe let's you know that's the case similar to when
two words are combined and a few letters are left out. If that's not
correct, I apologize, oh, great grammarian.
Those of you who judge that it is a sin to pursue a career that requires Sunday
work, let me ask what you think of: 1. a dairy farmer who milks his cows on
Sunday, 2. a trauma doctor or nurse who are assigned emergency room duty on
Sunday, 3. a commercial pilot who has scheduled flights on Sunday, 4. a
policeman or a fireman who is assigned Sunday duty?As for me, I will
not condemn anyone whose occupation requires Sunday work, but I greatly admire
exceptional college football players who have chosen to pursue other careers
even when they were assured a very advantageous position in the NFL draft. Most
folks choose their career path. Some choose a career that makes it easier to
keep the Sabbath Day holy.
The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath. When will people
understand that? This is what these folks do for a living and their families
depend on it. So who are we to say that God is not ok with that? I wish people
will just worry about their own selves instead of constantly playing judges for
others. If they're breaking the Sabbath, don't you think God is aware
of it? Ok, I don't even know why I'm wasting my time voicing my
opinion because I know the moderators will nix me for sure as they have done to
me several times before. Oh well...
While I wish each of these folks the very best, does their religion matter in
this situation? How about the number of Catholics or Southern Baptists? Or
make int interesting, how about reporting the number of Muslims or Jews playing
in the Super Bowl. So the question is whether we are reading a mainstream
newspaper or the Church News (where this belongs).
CDL, The reason for this article is because most of the reader on
this news site are LDS.
Hey, CDL, I have plenty of supper bowls at my house here. Wanna bring your
family over for a meal between potential friends? :-DMike
When playing on Sunday is your job, it is your job. Why judge. This issue has
come up many times over the years and too many people like to judge. These self
righteous attitudes must cease. These young men set a great example and excel in
what they do. Most make arrangements to attend meetings and partake of the
sacrament where ever they can. People need to worry more about how they
themselves conduct their own lives and less about others.
To the critics that think that being a Mormon disqualifies them from being
talked about as professional standout athletes and whether they should be
playing on Sunday's [the sabbath]..The Savior has admonished us to be in
the World but not of the World...Occupations are a very good example.. Should
the priesthood holders and return missionaries not accept responsibilities in
occupations that are say..Policemen, firemen, doctors, nurses, emergency workers
in public service, rescuers, pilot's, service in the military, and hundreds
of other occupations that are part of serving others as the scriptures admonish
us to do and that require 24 hour service responses because set by the needs of
others or as in most cases should they continue to give of them self in examples
of being a good example thru sometimes fame and sometimes just saving lives in
floods, fires etc. This world is blessed by those that serve a cause...even when
the ox is in the mire.
I guess that means it is okay for LDS to watch the super bowl.
i have yet to understand why we laud these people when they are clearly breaking
the Sabbath and have done so numerous times.can't even call
them "sunday mormons".
I think that it is great for these guys to have a chance to go to the super
bowl. It's great that they are LDS. But, I don't understand why their
being LDS should be announced because they maybe going to the Supper Bowl. They
don't announce how many Baptist, Jews or Catholics do they? When major
crimes or wrong doing is done, they don't bring up other peoples faiths,
but when they are LDS they do tend to do it, even if that person was baptized at
8, but never active. Just saying. Perhaps, it should not always be an issue to
be brought up. Congratulations to them and their families.
SoupTwins,(Why the errant apostrophe in
"congrat's"?)I'm surprised that there aren't
already more people arguing about whether these guys shouldn't have agreed
to work a game on the Sabbath, the same as BYU. But congrats to them!Many LDS are raised by the book that being in a game on Sunday is against the
Sabbath, so is just watching in person, and then just TV. But then there's
the camp who believes that while playing one on the Sabbath is still breaking
it, and watching in person is "gray," just watching on TV at a home
might not be.I was raised with that first set ("all 3
against"). We know what Prez Kimball said about the first 2. But he
wasn't terribly clear about the just-on-TV part. I even had an elders'
quorum prez and a bishop's counselor who attended SB parties at
someone's home. So even though I grew up with that strictest sense, now I
go "Wait! If my bishop's counselor and EQP do it, why shouldn't
I?" I don't even like football, but now I want to be at one of these
I am a blogger for a site for the Kansas City Chiefs. I'm still in shock
over the implosion of my beloved team...both after our bye week and in the
playoffs. With all that said, my favorite Mormon in the National Football
League is Andy Reid. Partial? You bet!
Goll thats so neat.
Participating and attending a sporting event recreationally is very different
than athletics being your job and means of supporting your family. We
aren't to be the judge.
Collie is a gamer. Maybe not the smartest guy for continuing to play, but he is
a gamer nonetheless. Also, I think it is funny how this article turned
into Sunday School.
Congrat's to these four players for being part of a team that has excelled
this year. Congrat's to anyone who excels at their chosen profession
enough to earn accolades. Not sure why being football players deserves more
praise than a cop, school teacher, doctor or any other profession. Also not
sure why they need to be pointed out more than any other player on any of these
four teams just because they're LDS. Good job to all the players!