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Pregame Fireside: Air Force

Nov 14, 2008 - Posted by Carey Hoki on November 14, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Tonight’s fireside at the Colorado Spring Stake Center began with a talk by former BYU running back, and current student-assistant, Kelly Bills. Bills introduced the theme of his talk by posing the question, “Why is life so hard?” The official definition of the word “hard” states: difficult to manage, overcome and deal with.

“We often try to survive our problems, rather than endure them,” said Bills. “The difference is merely existing, as opposed to being obedient and following in faith. The key to life is to come unto Christ; going from where we’re currently at to where He is.”

Junior defensive lineman Brett Denney followed Bills’ talk by playing “I Believe In Christ” on his violin, accompanied by senior running back Wayne Latu on the piano.

Junior tight end Andrew George, who hails from Englewood, Colo., was the second player to speak. He focused on how we can recognize and fulfill our own personal life callings. George shared several examples of people who have strived to fulfill their life callings, beginning with the story of John Rowe Moyle and the trials he faced as he worked as a stone mason during the building of the Salt Lake Temple. George also shared Alma 29:1-6.

“Alma knew his calling,” reiterated George. “He was to preach the Gospel to the people, but he wanted to do it with a greater power than he could do himself. “

George closed his talk by reading Mosiah 18:8-9.

8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;

9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life.

“Everyone’s life calling is to stand as a witness of God,” said George. “We all have our own individual life callings, but they are all similar in that they revolve around family, striving to do what’s right and serving the Lord.”