'Why I'm a Mormon': Steve Young

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  • Rapunzelthebrave HELOTES, TX
    Feb. 13, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    Dan Maloy, your comments are unnecessarily harsh and negative.

    Very few people in the United States or the world know a famous Mormon on a personal basis. However, they do know their Mormon neighbors, coworkers and friends. I cannot speak for you, however, I relate to people like myself. Coming from a family of converts I can also say that famous people really never factor into the conversion process. What does affect the development of a testimony? What attracts people to the lifestyle of the Gospel? Generally speaking, the answer to those questions is the everyday - the people who are like you are most likely to influence you and attract you to a type of life.

    For instance, what is going to ring true with a divorced, working mother who happens upon the Mormon.org website? She is going to be most inspired in people who she can relate to - who provide a realistic alternative to her current life. The same goes for the elderly grandfather investigating the church online: He's going to be drawn to those who he can relate to or who relate to those he loves.

    The question is: Is the I'm a Mormon campaign an ad campaign designed as a PR presentation? Or is the I'm a Mormon campaign designed to inspire people to investigate the church further? If it is truly for PR then the use of Mormon celebrities is appropriate. If the campaign is for missionary purposes then the more effective approach is appealing to people on a personal basis by introducing them to those Mormons to which they can personally relate.

    I think this is a valid subject that can be discussed without insult or unnecessary negative emotion.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    Uncle Charles, just to make it clear, Steve Young and his wife both opposed Proposition 8 and advertised their opposition by placing a sign in their yard expressing their opposition. They were not divided as a family on this issue.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    Really? Comments like yours are a source of humor for me. Thanks. Next time I look into another's faith I'll remember your guidelines and how it will benefit my eternal progression.

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    Feb. 12, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    Good grief.

    There are admitted Mormons here attacking other Mormons (like Steve Young) only because they are famous and whine "I know good members of the Church who never get ANY public praise"......seriously, that's your complaint?

    I'd like to say what I REALLY think of your complaining but I doubt my comment would get posted.

    Sure, we ALL know good members of the Lord's church who quietly go about doing good to their fellow man their whole lives and never get any recognition because of it. Big deal. That's our lot in life for 99.99% of us, myself included.

    The reason the Church asked well known members to briefly share a reason or two as to why they are LDS is just because of that: they're well known. Your neighbor may not have missed a home teaching assignment in 20 years but if you tell that to a complete stranger in Minneapolis and they'll say "I don't know who you're talking about". You say "Steve Young, the NFL Hall of Fame QB, is a Mormon" and they're more likely to say "I know that guy".

    It isn't about being "first", being "popular" or even about getting compliments and kudos, it's about moving the work of the Lord forward in the best, most powerful way possible.

    The caravan moves on. Are you coming?

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Feb. 12, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Hey Beatrice: what does Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy mean? Are we to understand that the Sabbath is just a normal day to you? Then why the commandment in the 10 commandments?

    @coleman: who opposed Prop 8? Steve's wife? Steve didn't just so we are clear....

    @CJJ: a ton of assertions but no factual information. And let's be clear --- Mormons are NOT trying to be Catholics, Evangelicals, Lutherans, Methodists or any other denomination. Mormons are Christian because we believe Christ is our Savior and through the Atonement all mankind may be saved if they follow the gospel.

    No one is telling you that you aren't a Christian so why are you telling others they aren't Christian based on your definition?

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    I am not sure that someone who vehemently opposed Proposition 8 in California should be a representative of the Church, or a spokesman either.

  • beatrice Beaverton, OR
    Feb. 12, 2012 12:16 p.m.


    Dear Voice: In the Christian Bible you will find the
    teaching of Jesus the Christ that the Sabbath is made
    for Man...not Man made for the Sabbath!

    Not sure what doing nothing in your white shirt all
    day Sunday has to do with the glorification of God.

  • CJJ Beaverton, OR
    Feb. 12, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Everything that Steve Young said in this excerpt applies to Christians...not to those
    in Mormonism. NOTHING that he has said here has one tidbit to do with "being a Mormon".

    But: if you add the doctrines of JS which he added to the teachings of Jesus and all
    the rules and rites and secretism etc...THEN you have Mormonism.

    Using this excerpt as a "testimony" of Mormonism is deceitfull and misleading.
    He uses a testimony of Christians to make it sound like the religions are
    the same...they do not match.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 12:36 a.m.

    "why I'm not"....everyone else.

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Feb. 11, 2012 7:00 p.m.


    It never ceases to amaze me at how Mormons must insist on tearing down other Mormons because they don't meet up to your expectations. What arrogance! What envy!

    SoCal doesn't even have the facts straight. As was mentioned Steve rarely is on the Sunday shows, he is pretty much exclusive to the Monday Night game. He was on last Sunday for the Superbowl. Your input is completely invalid when the facts state otherwise. As for Prop 8, it was his WIFE that was opposed to it, not Steve. Again, don't let the facts get in the way of your diatribe.

    I'm just stunned at how people have nothing better to do than to look for some perceived weakness and then cast aspersions on someone to demean and denigrate them.

    I've never understood that mentality, let alone in the LDS world.

    @mightymite: really? That's the reason you aren't LDS? Based on the posts you've shared with us that's not even in the top 1,000,000 of your reasons. Great chuckle though! :)

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 6:21 p.m.


    That is the point of the sacrament, that you are guilty of sin and you seek to rededicate your self to another week of working on your personal failings. You walk a slippery slope when you ignore your mote.

  • voiceofreason1234 SANDY, TX
    Feb. 11, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    Wow, Steve, you blew me away with your speech.

    VERY nicely written. I applaud you. We need more desirables out there speaking frankly about their faith...

    I agree with some on this comments section: Keeping the Sabbath day holy is a Big deal to me. I dunno, playing sports or working to entertain people on Sunday is pretty clear (but who am I to judge). This is just me I am talking about. In the old testiment days there was harsh penalty for violation of the Sabbath and that is gone away now, however it is a mark of the Lord's people. I understand we need doctors and ambulance drivers, etc. to work, this is noble to help those oxen out of the mires. It does seem hypocritacal to me to go play sports on Sunday and feel comfortable coming to church and taking the sacrament. I would feel Guilty! Hey, man, but that's just me.

    I liked the guy's comment about why don't we have boring old church members featured in the I'm a Mormon campaign, maybe really fat ones? We have a pudgy population. But the comment from the guy who knew some great Mormons who led quiet lives, that is worthy of filming! I LOVE that idea. Do you think it would fly with the mormon.org board deciding these things?

    Let's talk more about how it's hip to be square, that is the truth, there is safety and peace there.

  • donn layton, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    RE: Moontan, And why not feature Steve Young?
    I agree. My wife is a Mormon and if Steve Young was running for president and like over 90% of other Mormons she would vote for him . Most all of my family in Utah are Mormons and would vote the same way. I left the church when I became a Christian but I would have probably voted with them.

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    I have read some interesting evaluations of the " I am a Mormon " campaign. I agree that there are countless admirable and noble examples in every LDS community throughout the church.

    However, my take on the Steve Yong piece is one that it clearly portray's him as nothing more then a simple member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. He clearly validated his human desire to seek after a divine influence by repenting of his human short comings, that is not unique to a celebrity.

    People, envy is simply an ugly, weak and unattractive base emotion.

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    You tell it like it is Steve. Thank you for your willingness to voice your personal and heart felt thoughts concerning your religiosity. Unfortunately, their are individuals who feel the compulsion to reinterpret what Steve said. Yes, it is a sad commentary on the selfish and self centered.

    This is how Steve sees his relationship with his God and how he interprets his value to humanity. Strong work Steve.

    Nice article D news and thank you Steve for sharing insight into your core values.

  • Rapunzelthebrave HELOTES, TX
    Feb. 11, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    While I greatly appreciate the "I'm a Mormon" commercials, I have to say that most Mormons aren't as cool, exciting, or even famous as a great many of these Mormons portrayed in the commercials. Why not spotlight/focus on the everyday members of the church that don't make incredible sums of money, won't have places named after them, didn't go to the Olympics, and aren't well-known? Those are the real Mormons - and they are the people that everyone else in the world relates to. Are we a church of people all aspiring to be like somebody famous? Or are we a church of people who are all average, everyday sinners who are just trying to do their best? The latter description is what I and every other Mormon I know fit. And, it's also what people relate to.

  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    Feb. 10, 2012 11:19 p.m.

    @Runner and others ... The title of the series is "Why I'm A Mormon" not "Why I'm a Better Mormon Than You Because I'm Famous."

    The stories are presented as informative human interest pieces which many people enjoy reading before turning the page to see how many people were murdered today. And why not feature Steve Young? Look at the NFL arrest record ... young boys and girls need positive role models.

    I seriously doubt celebrity Mormons consider themselves 'better' than your average, devout, compassionate member such as your admirable friend in Montana. In fact, celebrity testimonies in the "Why..." series are few. The vast, vast majority are regular folks like your friends, and a few hundred other 'unknowns.'

  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    Feb. 10, 2012 10:02 p.m.

    You're not a Mormon because you don't like the PR?

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    This why I am not a mormon. Does the mormon church and the dnews really think highlighting fanous mormons will draw anyone in. This is a poor choice of PR. Please give some substance....

  • bslack Draper, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    Actually, Steve doesn't appear on the Sunday ESPN NFL show anymore. He is a regular on the Monday night show as well as reviews the Sunday games. I find it extremely hypicritical to bash Steve Young for working on Sunday, not serving a mission, or getting married after 30. I don't recall hearing the question of "Where I served my mission" or if "I married after 30" in order to be Temple worthy. Steve probably has his faults just like the rest of us, but I choose to see Steve as a role model for my children.

    The point of the "I am Mormon" campaign is showing the world that some well known people are in fact mormon as well as why they are mormon. If they put my name or your's on a billboard in NY, who would care. Get a grip and stop hating because someone has money and/or is famous. My ancestors are probably my greatest role models, but I don't expect someone in Chicago or New York to listen to the gospel or join the church because of their stories.

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Feb. 10, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    I agree with SoCalReader and some of the other comments here. Why do we have to hold up well known LDS members as seemingly great examples and people that we should follow? As mormons do we have to have celebrities just like the world does? Or to use an example in the Old Testament, do we have to have a king like onto the other nations?

    I know a great mormon who was a farmer in Montana. Served in various callings in the church and raised a great family. I know another mormon from Idaho who worked hard his whole life, married in the temple, served a mission, raised a great family and spent his retirement years serving in the temple. And yet another mormon who raised a great family, gave away much of what he had earned in his life, loved and was faithful to his wife for over 60 years and passed away after expressing his love for his family and sharing his testimony of the church. Where are these people in the "I am Mormon" campaigns? To me, these are the real heros. Not to say the Steve Young's, Danny Ainge's, Osmond's, Covey's or any other well known famous mormon are any less, but they are certainly not any more worthy our admiration and respect.

    Feb. 10, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    I have had the lucky privilege of knowing Steve in my life. I have never known him to be anything but upright and good. He held leadership roles in college and yet still found time to speak on a regular basis in Firesides (every week - sometimes twice or three times a week). I am certain that he has done more good for the church and for people in general than a legion of missionaries, or so called leaders.

    He has stood firm in his faith and remained grounded in truth. We are all better off for his work and dedication.

    As for feeding his ego - you clearly do not know this gentleman. I doubt he has spent much time feeding his ego. In fact quiet the opposite. I have not seen him in too many years but when I do it he is always good and kind and never once makes you feel like anything less than an old friend.

    I was a fan when he was on the field but it is nothing like the fan I am of who he is in life.

    (And seriously So Cal Reader, do you really think the only way for a person to be great is by being a church leader? If so I suggest you need to look a little deeper into the teachings of our faith.)

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Feb. 10, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Wow there are those that wouldn't see Steve Young as a great Role model? Because he works on Sunday. Only that to be disqualified? Can that not be overlooked when you consider he has achieved a great deal? For example degrees in Finance, Political Science, and a JD in Law. Or his work in the NFL(a hard place to be a true role model)with the success that brought. Or how about his work as a Managing Partner of Huntsman Gay Global which is an investment company that helps build businesses that employ people in numerous fields. Or how about his Forever Young Foundation to help kids. Also, I believe he was or is the International Spokesman for the Miracle Network Charity and they have raised hundreds of millions if not more to help kids too! Family man and hasn't been arrested either to the best of my knowledge. I think he qualifies as a role model at the "A" level!

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    @So. Cal Reader- wow! I agree that Vai Sikahema is a better role model than Steve, but you got pretty judgemental there, yikes!

    Your point is taken, I'm not real familiar with the public good that Steve has done, but I also don't now of anything bad he has done (other than cuss out his coach, not serve a mission and get married past the age of 30, but I really don't have issues with any of those things.)

    Steve Young has worked hard and stayed true to who he is. That's a pretty good role model. He's got all sorts of Mormons breathing down his back because he's a prophet's great grandson and he didn't serve a mission and he works on Sundays (he should know better! Right?) Seeing how he's a famous athlete, it'd be pretty easy for him to turn his back on the Mormon community.

    Steve Young excelled at what he did. He failed many times, but he got back up and tried hard. Thats a pretty good role model.

    I'm sorry he isn't a shining example of every single virtue in the world.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 10, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    Steve is my favorite BYU sports star...ever. He is why I'm a Cougar fan. OK, Cosic is above Steve for all he did in Yugoslavia and Italy.

    But my concern is the LDS idol worship. It appears we have another book about LDS celebrities. I'm really quite tired of us holding up these people (many of whom just want to live their lives) for everyone to say "So and so is a Mormon". It's as if we can't be who we are without money and "influence".

    Guess what, people? The rate of success is about the same in the LDS population as it is in the rest of the world. I'm sure integrity and hard work helps but it's not WHY we are LDS. For every Steve Young or Dave Checketts, there are millions of faithful, nameless members who barely make a living. Are they any less worthy of our admiration??

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 10, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    RE: PP & USAlover: Slow down there, fella's. Believe me, I realize I am far from perfect. In no way am I putting myself above Steve Young. I realize that all of our career choices are very personal choices to make. I'm merely providing my input, which these Viewer Comments are for, of why I personally don't think he's the "glowing" example that others view him as. "Putting your own personal opinions above those of the apostles and prophets is innapropriate." Good point to remind Young of that as well, with his strong opposion to Prop. 8 in California.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    @ So Cal Reader

    We commend you for your faithfulness. It's just your casting dispersions and judgement on others that needs a little work. Now off you go to your PEC meetings...just remember to love others and give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 10:47 a.m.


    All of those people have jobs and their jobs sometimes require them to work on sunday, especially Danny Ainge. The church has actually made official statements that dissagree with your opinion on the subject. They also say that it is a personal decision so unless you are Steve's bishop you are judging unrighteously. Putting your own personal opinions above those of the apostles and prophets is innapropriate.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Steve is an amazing guy. He pretty much summed up why I'm a Mormon too.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 10, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    I'm sorry. Steve Young appears to be a good man, that's for sure. But to go to the point of "great role model"? I think that's pushing the envelope too much. To me role models are people like Gifford Nielsen, Danny Ainge, Dale Murphy, Devin Durrant & Vai Sikahema, just to name a few, who are prominent in the community after their playing days are over but who are committed to the gospel enough to serve in leadership positions. Steve Youn made his millions during his playing days. His continued, prominent role as am ESPN analyst provides travel and prevents him from Sunday participation in church. And it's simply not necessary. He has his money, he has is education. Use both in such a way that allows him to work closer to home rather than feeding an ego that requires him to remain on nat'l TV.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    just trying to avoid life's interceptions, eh Steve? (anybody? anybody? Please like my comment if you get the reference! Steve Young was my hero growing up, what a great role model!)

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    That is Awesome! What great words and a great example for us all to follow. I'm inspired to find out how good I am as well.

    Let's help each other make it Home. That is what is really important.

    Thanks Steve.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Have always heard that the answer to that question is " Brigham Young was my GG Grandfather".