Last night's pregame fireside was at the American Fork Tabernacle. Offensive linemen Jason Speredon and Terrance Alletto spoke on discipleship, followed by Holly and Bronco Mendenhall.
Speredon addressed three points that help lead to discipleship: the Spirit, the Word and love.
Starting with the Spirit, he read Romans 8:26, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
"Many times we have righteous desires but we cannot communicate that to our Heavenly Father," said Speredon. "That is what the Spirit is for--to help us with that."
Moving on to the Word, Speredon shared that after suffering a season-ending injury during fall camp, he wasn't sure if he should continue with football.
"After praying, it's amazing what our Heavenly Father knows about us," he said. "When we're in the thick of our trials our minds aren't always in the right place. Sometimes taking a step back is taking a step forward."
Speredon closed on the topic of love, sharing Moroni 8:25-26, scripture he says spells out a recipe for love.
"And the first fruits of repentance is baptism; and baptism cometh by faith unto the fulfilling the commandments; and the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins. And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God."
Following Speredon's talk freshman offensive lineman Tui Crichton sang "Love at Home."
True freshman Alletto was the next speaker. He read a quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf on the topic of discipleship.
"Discipleship is a journey. We need the refining lessons of the journey to craft our character and purify our hearts. By patiently walking in the path of discipleship, we demonstrate to ourselves the measure of our faith and our willingness to accept God's will rather than ours.
Discipleship is not a spectator sport. We cannot expect to experience the blessings of faith by standing inactive on the sidelines any more than we can experience the benefits of health by sitting on a sofa watching sporting events on television and giving advice to the athletes. And yet for some, 'spectator discipleship' is a preferred if not a primary way of worshipping."
After sharing several examples he looks to as disciples of Christ, including Nephi, his older sister and his teammates, Alletto reiterated the importance of forsaking our sins and heeding the words of President Uchtdorf.
"We have to continuously try and become disciples of Christ," he said. "We must practice what we preach. Discipleship is not a spectator sport."