While sitting in the pressbox waiting for kickoff this afternoon, I'll try and summarize the talks shared at the fireside Friday night.
Last night the team held its traditional pregame fireside at the Colonial Stake Center in Provo. Players Tana Uyema and Jason Speredon joined Coach Mendenhall and his wife as speakers.
Uyema, a senior defensive back from Honolulu, Hawaii spoke of how we can become disciples of Christ thru service.
"Service is something I love to do," he said. "If I'm having a bad day, simply saying hello to someone really helps. As a football player here at BYU we have a great opportunity to be disciples and good examples to those around us."
A trio of players followed Uyema's talk with a special musical arrangement of "Lead Kindly Light."
Speredon, a member of the offensive line from West Valley shared some great examples of disciples of Christ in his personal life, including his wife. He also focused on key principles of discipleship, including: being anxiously engaged, beliefs demonstrated in behavior and focusing on what we are becoming.
"It's easy to focus on what we are, but it's not so easy to see what we are becoming," he said.