Pregame Fireside: Colorado State

Oct 31, 2008 - Posted by Carey Hoki on October 31, 2008 at 9:54 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Tonight’s fireside in Fort Collins featured talks by freshman linebacker Jadon Wagner, freshman defensive back Blake Morgan, head coach Bronco Mendenhall and BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson.

Wagner, who served his mission in the Colorado Denver North mission from 2004-06, started the night by reading Matt. 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” In relation to missionary work, Wagner shared a personal experience when he was not prepared and chose not to share the gospel with an acquaintance.

“I regretted not sharing the Gospel, but now I understand why I didn’t,” he said. “It wasn’t my treasure at the time. Through prayer, daily repentance and use of the Atonement, the Gospel will become our treasure and we will have the power to share it.”

Following Wagner’s talk, defensive back Scott Johnson and linebackers Matt Bauman and Coleby Clawson stood to sing an acapella version of Hymn No. 335, “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy.”

Morgan, who hails from Greeley, Colo., was the next to speak, pulling quotes from a talk entitled, “Discipleship” given by President James E. Faust during the October 2006 General Conference.

“The word for disciple and the word for discipline both come from the same Latin root—discipulus, which means pupil,” quoted Morgan. “It emphasizes practice or exercise. Self-discipline and self-control are consistent and permanent characteristics of the followers of Jesus, as exemplified by Peter, James, and John, who indeed “forsook all, and followed him.”

“There have been times in my life when I’ve struggled to do what is right, as we all have at one time or another,” shared Morgan. “But discipleship is a price we should always be willing to pay. When we stand up for what’s right Heavenly Father rewards us.”

After the team’s traditional performance of “We’ll Bring the World His Truth,” Coach Mendenhall stood to speak. He described a true disciple as someone who is willing to take a moment, acknowledge someone else, put his or her arm around them and help emphasize what’s important.

Mendenhall pointed out that the Cougars started the 2005-2007 seasons with only one win and two or three losses. He expressed his appreciation for those situations because, “We were able to learn early who we were.” The team’s loss to TCU a few weeks ago, midway through the season, presented a much different challenge.

“We thought we were someone else,” said Mendenhall. “The adversary wants us to think the same way about ourselves. When we think we’re someone else, opportunities come and go and are missed.”

President Samuelson closed the fireside, sharing a brief message about the importance of institute and the power it has an effective missionary tool.

“The institutes of religion around the country are some of the greatest tools to share the Gospel,” he said. “We all have the blessing and responsibility to share the Gospel.”

To read Pres. Faust's talk referenced by Blake Morgan, CLICK HERE.