Keep religion out of sports It is competition and chance that determines the
winner, not prejudice god. And if one was acquainted with all the
participating athletes one would probably find they are all equally special and
good people regardless of what church they belong to.
One wonders, if god was helping her, why couldn't he help her to gold?
Seems to me too much word play is instilled by the commenters. I personally
applaud this mother/athlete for her faith, perseverance, strength both physical
and spiritual, and her willingness to share her feelings and thoughts on her
journey.Very mature, honest and Christian lady. Thanks for what you've
shown us, and congratulations on your accomplishments and may you have many
Thank you, good sister, for you example. I, like others, love the shout-out to
the youth of the church. The Young Women in your stake are among the luckiest
in the church to have you as thier president. God bless
Congrats! I loved the article. What a great example you are! Truly Inspiring.
Article quote: "Gold may have been her goal, but silver is her reward, and
she knows that’s what was meant to be."The fact that she
knows this to be true shows she has a TON of wisdom.I had a goal
years ago that I let become all-consuming. It was everything to me and
spiritual, eternal things eventually became less important. I was still very
active in the LDS faith but my priorities were not right and it stayed that way
for over 15 years. Change occured but it took forever. One of the things that
helped me, and I couldn't ignore it when I first heard it, was some Olympic
coach (whose name I don't even know) tell the athlete he was training, that
in regards to winning a gold medal, "If you're not enough without it (a
gold medal), you'll never be enough with it." That hit me like a
2"x4" between my eyes.Good for this woman.I wish
her well and hope that she speaks long and loud to people of all ages about
goals and encourage them to live their life to the fullest.
Alex 1, and I stand by what I said, period.
the REAL DEAL:I stand by what I said, period.
Quite inspiring. Congratulations to her. I hope she is blessed with more kids
and a long and healthy life in the service of her God.
This is a very inspiring story. There are many applications for us in our own
lives. I especially liked, "Every choice has life-long consequences."
Youth especially will listen to her message because she was humble, in tune with
the Spirit, articulate, and was willing to pay the price. Her husband also was a
great example of a supportive and loving priesthood holder. His belief in her
Great story. I like to see women who are wives and mothers, but can also
contribute positively to their society. Too many times, we women act like being
wives and mothers prevent us from making significant contributions to our
society, nothing could be farther from the truth. Men can be successful
husbands, fathers, and professionals, so can we. Yes, women will have to make
sacrifices, I know I do not take jobs that require travel, and I do not accept
jobs with more than 8 hrs of work a day, but I still go to school and work
outside the home! No where in the scriptures is it written, that women should
lose themselves because they are mothers, or that they no longer have any God
given potential of worth to anyone except their family. One of my favorite
scriptures, Phillipians 4:13 states that "I can do ALL things through Christ
which strenghteneth me." Congrats, Noelle!
Alex 1, what the world actually needs is more positive people doing positive
things. Athletic or otherwise. What the world definitely does not need is more
people adding to the seven billion we already have just for religious reasons.
Noelle is very impressive, in all respects. Congratulations to her, and her
family. I am grateful for her contributions.
marxist:"We're finding out that people can pursue many and
diverse paths in life and still serve a good purpose."Yes and
no. All other factors being equal, a woman who puts being a good wife and
mother as the highest priority in her life serves a greater purpose than an
equally capable woman who puts hobbies and athletic competitions in the
driver's seat, period. Pikus-Pace has her priorities in order. Therefore,
what she is doing as an Olympian IS a great blessing. There is no doubt it is
inspired. Yes, there are many diverse paths in life that can serve a good
purpose in addition to a family, but if a person is capable of and has a good
opportunity to marry and raise a family, but chooses something else instead,
he/she is choosing a lesser path.
Imagine my surprise to see two friends from different walks of like in the small
I loved her shout out to the youth after winning the silver medal. It was
Nice story and a great role model for kids to follow.