PROVO — It's been more than 25 years since Ty Detmer joined the LDS Church, and the former Heisman-winning quarterback is still grateful for Mormon missionaries.
Detmer, now BYU football's offensive coordinator, wrote about the impact of missionaries in a weekly "missionary message" tweeted by Jack Damuni, BYU's director of player personnel.
"The sacrifice you make (as missionaries) will impact the lives of the people you serve forever. The priceless service and love you provide will bring you blessings and success," Detmer wrote. "I am thankful for your sacrifice to serve our Heavenly Father and as a convert I really appreciate missionaries and how you can change the course of a family's future."
Detmer spoke about his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a 2016 Institute of Religion fireside. The Deseret News reported on the event.
“It was really a pretty easy conversion because it was all the things that I wanted,” Detmer said in the article. “I wanted the opportunity to administer to my family, to have eternal marriage, to be able to be sealed in the temple. Those are all things that I thought, ‘That’s the way it should be.’ That’s what I grew up believing.”