Doug Robinson: Mormon faith infuses all aspects of life for Vai Sikahema

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  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    July 28, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    Fighting and cursing are parts of the human story. If you are not willing to fight for what is right and willing to curb your emotions at times like Vai and his father have done, you really aren't the type of man or woman I'd care to be around. I've been around many great leaders in the Church and many of them swore at times. A fault? Perhaps. But they were warriors like Vai.

  • johhen Salt Lake City, UT
    July 28, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    Interesting that fighting and cursing are highlighted in an article about his faith.

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    July 27, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    Great Article! Vai inspires more people than he realizes. What a great man of faith. We love you Vai.

  • BYU Student Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    My parents love Vai - they went to BYU during the glory days. I never really knew why, but reading this is 9000 times better than doing my calc homework. What a great man, and an inspiration. Glad to see these kinds of people brought into the spotlight. I wish there was more to read about Vai, but I shouldn't be ungrateful!

    I agree about needing BYU fans to move out of state! I served a mission in the midwest, and was generally very happy to meet the young families who had left BYU (or the U, same principle) to come live outside their comfort zone and who were terrific people. I'll be leaving Provo as soon as I'm done with my undergrad - I'm not a Utahn as it is.

    Thanks for the articles on Vai. Some of the best stuff I've read from any newspaper ever.

  • PAtoUT Sandy, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    I just moved to Utah in August and imagine how thrilled I was to see articles about Vai Sikahema in the paper! He is so great on Channel 10 News in Phila. He is very beloved there. It was a little bit of home for me. I remember hearing stories about his youth firesides. He would hold up his BYU/Eagles uniforms and tell the youth these were the uniforms he wore for football. Then he explained how his white shirt and tie are his uniform for the priesthood. It really hit home for the young men in our ward there. So glad Utah now gets to hear about him. Bravo.

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Oct. 11, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    I loved watching Vai back in the 80s; he put excitement into every punt return!

    Mormons like Vai who are in the public eye and are true to the Gospel do an enormous amount of good for the image of the Church. They help cut through all the fog that Lucifer puts out there.

  • first and ten South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    Red, what does this story have to be about BYU Fan's. Go TCU over the Utes.

  • first and ten South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    Great Story Period! To both Via and the writer Doug each story got better and better... My only complaint is I don't have anything to look forward to tomorrow.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    More people (BYU fans) need to be like Vai and move out of the state. In a good way! I'm just saying....

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Oct. 11, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    Vai has touched more lives than he will ever know. What a giant among men. He took the path not so well traveled but great impact always true to the truth he knew. Thank you for this story. This story and the story of LHM are the best.

  • RoadBiker Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    Great to see an uplifting article when so many sensationalize the terrible. Enjoyed traveling across the planes of South Dakota with Vai many years ago while serving a mission. Great man back then as well.

  • CandaceSalima Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    This final installment of this article on Vai brought me to tears. My husband and I know this man: a man of faith, a man devoted to family and friends, a man who loves sports and appreciates the job he has in life ... a husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. We've heard these stories before and been touched and amused by turn. But now that who Vai is - is being shared with the world, I pray the youth of today recognize the validity and sincerity in Vai and hold him up as an example of who they should be like and what they can achieve if they just work hard enough, take advantage of every opportunity and in doing that, be prepared at all times. Thank you, Vai, for holding true to the man your parents raised you to be.

  • Bleeding Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    After reading Vai's blog and these articles about him, he is by far my favorite BYU player ever. What an example.

  • katamb-midvale Midvale, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    I had the privilege of hearing Pres. Sekahema speak at the Vineland Ward while visiting friends last year. Very inspiring! It's wonderful to see someone who had done so well and still maintained their faith.

  • Happy Valley Stud Provo, utah
    Oct. 11, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Way to represent our Tongan people Vai. You are a great example of not forgetting where you came from and achieving the American dream. Thank you for your beliefs and reminder of why we all came to this great land of opportunity.

    Yes we all miss that little poor humble island in the Pacific but we are grateful to raise our families in this great nation with sights set on opportunities to serve others and achieve our dreams. Go Cougars!

    'Ofa atu Vai (Much Love) and Malo 'Aupito (Thank You) for your inspirational blogs and stories.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Oct. 11, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    Doug, excellent series! These types of articles are definitely your forte! Vai, what an example. I'm your age and remember your BYU career very well. What comes out so strongly in this series is how important Faith & Family are to you and the role they play in your life. Thank you, Vai, for letting your light so shine before us!!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    Vai, I hope you know how much this all means to us! You are a great example and to Doug for his talent of bringing a great story to us all. I feel a greater sense of duty to my God and Church due to this story. Faith has new meaning for me. Thanks!

  • pogonomyrmex Gainesville, FL
    Oct. 11, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    Wow, what a great series! I am printing a copy to share with my family.

  • gbo Draper, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    Doug, great story and thanks for getting it done. In a day where our society is moving more and more towards entitlement and over 1/6 of the country is receiving social security benefits (just heard on the news there are 58 million social security recipients), to read about people who worked hard to sacrifice for their children and then to see Vai take advantage of that sacrifice to become the great man that he is, it's truly inspiring. It reminds us of what a person is truly capable of with hard work, persistence, and faith.

  • Mont Loafer Salem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Another great series from a gifted writer about a compelling person. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    I'm teary eyed reading this. I played with Vai when I was a freshmen and his fiery temperment wasn't tempered by years of experience. Honestly, most of us freshmen kind of cowered into the corners when he and the Polynesian contingent came into the locker room. I love reading his experiences here on these blogs. Please keep them coming.

  • San D Blue Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    Once again I am thoroughly impressed with Vai. I think of D&C 58:28. When men do good they will not lose their reward. Obviously Vai has put good in front of anything and been rewarded greatly. He's an amazing example of not fearing man and putting your faith forward. Tradition, Spirit, and Honor lives on.

    Go Cougars!

  • Teddy Bear Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 11, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    I've really enjoyed these articles and the Vai's blog postings. I am glad to know more about the man, and his inspiring life-story.

  • Shauna Huntington Beach, CA
    Oct. 10, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    My hat goes off to this man and to his employer. Not many people would put church and beliefs before work obligations. Hat off to his employer because these days so many employers don't work with people and respect them because of their beliefs. Its refreshing to read such a great story. It doesn't matter that he is L.D.S. More people need to have that kind of respect for peoples believes and work with them.
    Wish more employers were that understanding about people that donate time to their church to make peoples lives better.