High school national champion Lone Peak players value Mormon faith, service

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  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 2, 2014 7:45 a.m.

    Shame on you Scientist! To denigrate and disparage any hard work in our society even in sports. Hard work should always be elevated in society and not penalized by tax as does socialism. That mind-set is just like socialism where many who haven't worked hard get the benefits of those who actually work hard. Lets never shame those who accomplish wonderful things even in sports just because they are fun. How sick is that! Obama elevates the sickness of socialism to an honorable level while pushing down and taxing those who make the money received by those who have not worked hard.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 1, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    It wasn't the basketball player who used the term "rock star". Unfortunately, an adult used it. An unfortunate choice of words in my opinion. Just think of some of the other people to whom that term has been applied (ugh!).

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    The Scientist...yeah, it's played in public...because people, parents, friends all want to support the kids, the efforts, and because the teams need money to pay for things.

    Some of us enjoy the artistry of good athletics. It's cheaper entertainment than going to a movie, and lasts longer. It's not about pride for those of us that understand life.

    But the real problem is, you are ignoring the other 90% of their time, practicing in empty gyms, with no one cheering, sweating and hurting and striving to get better. That's where the real lessons are learned.

    Your hypothesis is rejected.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    Aubrey... Thanks for making my point. When you said, "The best quote of the article was when Emery said he now knows what is most important in life and its not sports. "

    You are confusing pride with appreciation. It's not prideful to admire excellence. If a kid wins a championship, and is proud of that, but is humble in that he knows and respects the fact that his team mates contributed, that it was just a limited part of existence, a game, and he cares about his opponents ...is that somehow bad?
    You and others may call it pride, and feel it's a negative thing. I and many others wish more people would care enough about something, anything, to work that hard and see the good that results...and we don't mean the trophies, we mean the people and the joy and the lessons learned, both in the winning and the losing.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 4:17 a.m.

    By their very nature, basketball, football, and other team sports are intended to be public performances demonstrating superiority over an opponent. The ambition is pride-seeking, and the successful accomplishment is pride-full. Public attention is fundamental (unless the truly humble start to play all their games in closed, empty gyms and keep the results private among the players and coaches only).

    For the rest of us, that is no problem. But for the religious, they are forced to wrestle with profound paradox brought on by their superstitious stories and muddled moralities.

    The rest of us just get to enjoy the game.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    Cardston Cougars won two successive championships in Alberta. All of those young men but one are LDS. All are now serving or waiting to report to the MTC. Jocks have tons of impact on any high school. Great impact when the jocks are great young men. One did a video clip for our Aaronic Priesthood fireside from his mission in New Zealand. "Serving as a missionary is far more rewarding than winning championships or scoring his buzzer-beater to advance to the finals". I applaud ALL young men and young women who serve, jocks or not. Our society has far too many less than admirable role models. Let's applaud all great youth.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 5:33 p.m.

    Coach Lewis has done a fantastic job at Lone Peak. Good news is that coaches all across our fine state are inspiring young men and women every day. Thanks to all of them and the entire educational family, who do so much with so little! emb

  • aubrey1 orem, utah
    Jan. 31, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    Rural Sports Fan: you say,"There's nothing prideful"
    This whole story, and by the way there's a second part coming soon, is all about pride. There would be no story if it didn't involve these players fame or their notoriety for playing a sport.
    You make my point perfectly when you say that "people around them give them attention". So it really is the fault of "us" that we make their missions about basketball. Read the article, the seminary teacher even calls one of the boys a "rock star". Playing basketball at a high level has nothing to do with being a good missionary.
    The best quote of the article was when Emery said he now knows what is most important in life and its not sports. Just a thought.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 10:14 a.m.


    Its not the kids that are out seeking the attention, is it the people around them that give them attention for doing great things in the right way. This story wasn't "for" them. It is for us. I'd bet that if you hung out with those kids on their missions, they rarely bring up their championships, basketball, or any self serving details of their lives.

    There's nothing prideful, bad or hypocritical about them, or this story.

    Sad thing is, it is so very different from what we often see in pro sports and the media.

  • aubrey1 orem, utah
    Jan. 30, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    I'm hearing all of you, and I think I understand you. Maybe I'm altruistic, but fame seeking and fame seekers? Maybe your right, the best way to spread the message of faith in Christ is through worldly success. The best intentioned, good hearted people of the world will follow celebrity right to the truth.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 6:37 p.m.

    Ville: You said it well. Yes, these young men are outstanding role models in every way. However, so much attention is paid to sports athletes when other outstanding youth who have excelled in music, art, drama, acadamia, and other areas often go off the radar.

    Not wanting to sound preachy about this because I love BYU sports in all areas, but I would love to see some balance in journalism.

    As to the firesides of the BYU football team, that was a Bronco Mendenhall decision. He had to "buck" the system in the beginning with, "Nobody will ever come to a fireside on a Friday night!" to where he has taken it today: standing room only events. He, for one, has taken additional ridicule for stating that football isn't #1 to him. He is building men of character to go forward to be good husbands, fathers, and men of God.

    Having said that, thanks for a great article and hope many more are coming in all other areas.

  • Ville Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 5:45 p.m.

    Great article Mr. Toone. Most people will see your story for what it is, inspiring. We know most of these boys and their parents and they are good kids who are great athletes and even better people. Society needs more boys like these kids. Are these kids any better than others in HS who don't play sports but still do the right things, treat others well and go on missions, no. But we live in a society, right or wrong that gravitates to sports and more articles are written about HS kids who are athletes, nothing wrong with that. These kids garnered a lot of attention and did a lot of good for Lone Peak and the state of Utah with their accomplishments. Seems like they even sparked an interest in kids, not of the LDS faith with their athletic accomplishments and life style. When BYU's football and basketball teams travel to other states and put on firesides, sometimes 200-300 folks turn out. Sorry but that doesn't happen when a debate team or band travel. That's not prideful, just rreality. Many people appreciate good, positive and uplifing articles whether its about sports, people, school subjects or whatever.

  • GoFrogs Fort Worth, TX
    Jan. 30, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Elder Toolson is in our home quite regularly, and he is a superb, humble, focused, dedicated, hard-working and appreciative missionary, and it is very evident he knows he is nothing without Christ.

  • aubrey1 orem, utah
    Jan. 30, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, that's not my purpose, but this article, in many ways, is too prideful. Making these boys out to be celebrities is not the right thing to do. Our social network society is so much about self aggrandizing already. These boys don't need more stories about how great they are. It becomes a story of: they play basketball and now everyone wants to be associated with them, and now look how smart they are, and now look they are going on missions, and so on. Didn't Jesus say something like, "see that you do these things in secret". We don't need more celebrity missionaries, we need humble missionaries who know that they are nothing without Christ.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    Jan. 30, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    Article quote: "The instructor had asked for a volunteer to share a spiritual message as part of an opening devotional. Shumway immediately raised his hand. For almost 20 minutes, the young man talked to his peers about having just finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. He spoke about kneeling by his bedside and praying to God to know if the book was true. He felt nothing and continued to wrestle with the question late into the night. He described how he was about to give up, but was then overcome by a powerful, reassuring feeling of peace. It was overwhelming and he couldn't deny it, Shumway told them. "Talon testified of the Book of Mormon and challenged the other students in the class to find out for themselves," said Dwight Durrant..."

    And that's all it takes: a humble, sincere prayer. When the heart is truly, truly willing to listen, and the answer is needed, it comes.

    Before I am criticized by someone saying "I asked and the answer didn't come", I will instead merely point them to this statement:

    "Ask, and ye shall receive. Knock, and it shall be opened."

    Who said that?


  • Vernal Mom Vernal, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    I enjoyed your article, Mr. Toone. I really appreciate the different examples of fine young men that my son, who also plays high school basketball, has watched for years. I am so grateful for their outstanding lives and service.

    Meer - I can't believe it's been almost six years since I read about the football captain from Viewmont High School. It's a sad but incredible story. I would love to have an update on the boys (his teammates) who grew up, and moved on from such a sad loss.

  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    Thank you Mr. Toone. I love all of your articles but this one was excellent. I continue to love stories about the young men and women athletes in our communities who unselfishly drop what they are doing to serve. A testament to the incredible youth we are blessed to have!

  • mecr Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    By fortune, they are not the only ones. All over the valley, there are high school sports teams that overcome challenges and trials and united in faith, they move onward and forward. Take Viewmont High School class of 2008. Before the 2007 school year started, their football captain and beloved fried passed away. How the kids recovered from their loss, moved on, served missions, and now walking to adult life getting married and having kids is a story to tell. And they still honor and love their friend.

  • abrielsdad Orem, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    I loved this story. What an amazing group of young men. This past summer I had the opportunity of hearing their coach, Quincy Lewis, speak to a group of young, aspiring athletes. I was impressed by his stories that he shared about who these young men are and how they conduct themselves off the court. It was very impressive and inspirational.

    Thank you for such an excellent, uplifting story.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Jan. 30, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    What a wonderful news item, I need a new box of Kleenex on my desk, these great young men are truly Latter Day Saints, and I pray that they will never change but their testimonies will continue to grow.

  • RCS Orem, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    Congrats. As you are sharing, there is VALUE in values! Keep up the good work/example.