Retired Mormon major leaguer experiences uncommon journey

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    May 5, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    Go Utes: split loyalties can be rewarding. I cheer for both teams except when they play each other, but when they play each other, I have to be true blue! Things are easier that way now with them in different conference set-ups.

    Kosimov: your story validates Brian's: we all get the experiences we need in this life to refine us--give us the opportunities needed to benefit mankind and progress toward Celestial Glory. I've worked with students, scouts, so-called troubled teens, youth with physical and mental challenges: all with different backgrounds and interests. Those who remain positive and work hard to overcome make it in spite of severe hardships.

    To all: stay positive, work hard, and "Wait upon the Lord" (Re: Elder Robert D. Hale's conference address a couple of years back. Search to find it.)

    To DN: Thank you for the positive, uplifting stories, and the opportunity to contribute.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    May 4, 2013 3:10 a.m.

    For most of my life, stories like this dismayed me, and turned me bitter!! I was not born in the Church, did not have a happy or character building childhood (due to parental abuse), was not blessed with God-given talents, and I developed 13 genetic health problems after joining the Church and serving a mission, which STILL plague me(?). Why did the Lord DO that to me!!! I tortured myself thinking I didn’t have a fair chance compared to people like Brian; I had to work desperately to reach the point at the END of my life that people like Brian BEGAN from! I had to "bleed and struggle", while they had "performance enhancing blessings" that I didn’t deserve(?). I was overloaded with self-pity.

    Well, sorta.

    Ain't that a sad story?

    Now, when I read Brian's and other's stories, I am thrilled and encouraged; I hope Brian reaches all his goals spectacularly! It was stories like this that taught me the error of my ways, in a way I cannot explain. Thank you, "all you Brians", for living righteously, so the Lord could use your lives to save mine. Godspeed all!

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Great story! Keep digging up these awesome stories. What a great example for all of us.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    May 2, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    Great story and better ending. Sad that sports is more performance enhancing drugs than just skill anymore. If only they all could compete on a level playing field.

    Thanks for being an example. Good luck in your practice. May be seeing you as I have many children and several special needs that go to these pediatric dentists.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    May 2, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Well Done!

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Thank you for the great article. As a big-time Ute fan who tries to avoid all things BYU (I am smiling as I write that, not hating), I extremely admire the great choices made by Brian Banks. In an era when too many Mormon athletes forgo the mission to pursue professional goals, nice to hear of a story like this. It is possible and perhaps likely that Brian could have had more success in MLB had he stayed home from the mission. But look at how much more he has gained. What stands out most to me is the great moral compass. That does not come easy. It comes from a life of making good choices, including tough choices. Thank you for the great example. Enjoyed reading about your great baseball career. Best of luck in your second career and in all endeavors.

  • Texas Coog Fan Provo, Utah
    May 2, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    Brian Banks was one of my seminary students in Mesa, Arizona. He was a class act as a teenager, and I am not surprised that he continues to live his life as an example to so many people. His children are blessed to have such a great father.

    Keep it up Brian Banks! Mountain View Toro's!

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    May 2, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    Thank you for your great example, Bro Banks.

    Thanks for sharing this article, D-News