Former Brigham Young University all-conference football player Chad Lewis and his wife, Michelle, a former BYU volleyball star, spoke at the Orem Institute of Religion, near the campus of Utah Valley State College, on Friday.
Focusing on President Ezra Taft Benson's "Beware of Pride" talk from April 1989 general conference, Michelle related the words to her experiences in athletics.
She said she was devastated after a shocking loss to San Diego State in the first round of the NCAA tournament ended her freshman season. The following day, she got up early to study for a Book of Mormon final. She wasn't paying attention, still thinking about the loss, until she came across 2 Nephi 9:15, which talks about judgment.
"As I was feeling regret, I pictured the Savior across the table," she said. "I did not want to be feeling these feelings of regret when it's my turn at the judgment seat. I decided I wanted to be a better person."
She closed by warning against letting pride dictate decision-making and instead recommended prayer.
Chad Lewis focused his remarks on Relief Society General President Julie Beck's "Mothers Who Know" talk from last October's general conference.
Lewis said his mother taught him to pray, which helps him when he wonders about why he falls short and is imperfect.
He referenced Nephi and Peter as great men who were imperfect and felt bad about it but found a way to serve the Lord and show that they loved him. It is something everyone can do: keep the commandments.
Lewis said that the NFL changed his life. "I was worried that there would be a bunch of thugs, and there was, but there were also lots of great men, too, people who lived close to the Lord and inspired me," he said.