Guess what I did last night? I went to a fireside to listen to Ty Detmer, Chad Lewis and Vai Sikahema draw parallels between sports and spirituality. My favorite parallels to draw.
My 12 year old son asked me to go, and I could NOT turn down such a thoughtful invitation. Especially after I'd been begging him for 30 minutes to take me.
You know what's weird about football players though? They remember every single game, play, touchdown, interception, interference, pass and tackle they ever made. You'd think they'd have Alzheimers after getting smacked around so much. I can't even remember the plots of the literature I teach from semester to semester.
I was really glad I begged my son to go because a pro-football-Heisman-priesthood-holder telling spiritual stories can be an extremely effective missionary tool in the hands of a 12 year old. Plus I was ROTFLOL the whole time. Football stories were never that hilarious when my brothers used to tell them. (sorry bros, but flag football just ain't as funny as pro football.)
And to top the whole evening off we got to hear Musical Truth sing. Nothing against the Nephites, but the Lamanites can SING, braddah! Can I get an Amen? Nothing compares to Polynesian voices. If you want to get intense chicken skin, sing a verse of I Am a Child of God with the Lamanites.
btw, did you know that Vai Sikahema recently knocked Jose Canseco out cold in a boxing match?
It just goes to show that the priesthood alway trumps steroids.