Pregame Fireside: New Mexico

Oct 11, 2008 - Posted by Carey Hoki on October 11, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

The team held its traditional pregame fireside in Orem last night. Freshman linebacker Michael Alisa and Heisman Trophy candidate Max Hall joined Holly and Bronco Mendenhall as speakers at the event.

Alisa shared three qualities of a good disciple of Christ: gratitude, charity and obedience. He also addressed the team's "Quest for Perfection" and how that theme is transferrable to all areas of life.

"When we put on our BYU uniforms we are representing something bigger than ourselves," said Alisa. "We're representing the Lord's church."

The trio of Jadon Wagner, Coleby Clawson and Jeff Bell sang "Nearer My God to Thee" with Matt Bauman accompanying on the piano.

Following the musical number, Hall spoke about his decision to come play football at BYU. While at a pregame fireside, Hall decided that BYU was the place he needed to be.

"Since I've been here I've been extremely blessed," he shared. "I can't tell you how the players and coaches here have changed my life."

Hall went on to compare the game-changing decisions made by a team's quarterback to the role we have in the outcomes of our own lives. While none of us are perfect, and will never be perfect in this life, we can still give it everything we have to try and be perfect.

At the conclusion of Hall's talk the team stood to sing "We'll Bring the World His Truth".

Holly Mendenhall, wife of coach Bronco Mendenhall, spoke on the importance of learning to simplifying our lives and spending time with family. She also stressed how important it is for each of us to remember that everyone is different--for good reason.

"We've been given differences for a reason," said Holly. "The Lord has a plan for us."

Coach Mendenhall was last to speak. He shared his experience four years ago when he was in an interview for the head coaching position at BYU with Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

"Elder Eyring asked me only one question, 'Is the Church true?' Since then I've always tried to think, 'How will we help others know the Church is true?'"

Mendenhall spoke of discovering your own life mission and deciding how your life mission will help others and make a lasting mark.