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.
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.
mightymite: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.
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?
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?
I am not sure that someone who vehemently opposed Proposition 8 in California
should be a representative of the Church, or a spokesman either.
voiceofreason1234SANDY, TXDear Voice: In the Christian Bible
you will find theteaching of Jesus the Christ that the Sabbath is madefor Man...not Man made for the Sabbath!Not sure what doing nothing
in your white shirt allday Sunday has to do with the glorification of God.
Everything that Steve Young said in this excerpt applies to Christians...not to
thosein 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 allthe 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 arethe
same...they do not match.
"why I'm not"....everyone else.
____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! :)
@voiceThat 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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
You're not a Mormon because you don't like the PR?
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....
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.
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
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.)
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!
@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.
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??
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.
@ So Cal ReaderWe 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.
SoCalReaderAll 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.
Steve is an amazing guy. He pretty much summed up why I'm a Mormon too.
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.
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!)
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.
Have always heard that the answer to that question is " Brigham Young was
my GG Grandfather".