TUPELO, Miss. - BYU held its first fireside of the season Friday night as various members of the team spoke before an audience of 1,150 that filled the Tupelo Stake Center.
The chapel and every room in the building were overflowing as the Cougars held their first fireside in the state of Mississippi. In a sign of friendship, Tupelo City Councilman Jonny Davis presented BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson with the key to the city.
Senior defensive back Robbie Buckner, a native of Ashdown, Ark., spoke first about his appreciation for the gospel. Following Buckner's remarks, punter Brian Smith played the piano while singing a rendition of "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
Sophomore tight end Austin Holt then spoke about his experiences as a missionary in St. Louis, including a family he saw baptized and then sealed in the temple days before he was to finish his mission.
BYU head coach and his wife, Holly, closed out the meeting, bearing their testimonies. Coach Mendenhall counseled those in attendance to let their light shine in whatever individual situation they may find themselves.