Pregame Fireside - Utah

Sep 19, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen on September 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

OREM, Utah - The BYU football team held its third pregame fireside of the season Friday evening at the Windsor Stake Center.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall centered his remarks around 1 Nephi 10:19, "For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times ot come..." Mendenhall counseled those in attendance to continue to be "diligently seeking" truth and a testimony.

The fireside was highlighted by three musical numbers, including sophomore punter Brian Smith's rendition of the hymn "Be Still My Soul," accompanied on the piano by his mother. Senior defensive back Travis Uale, sophomore offensive lineman Manaaki Vaitai and junior offensive lineman Walter Kahaiali'i also sang a capella "When There's Love at Home." All players joined in the traditional singing of the primary song "We'll Bring the World His Truth."

Player speakers included junior deep snapper Reed Hornung. Hornung spoke of how his mother's counsel to "get in the car" when he wanted to quit football early in his high school career had since been an inspiration to him throughout his life. When experiencing trials on his mission, his mother again wrote "get in the car," telling him to once again move forward through hard times.

Senior wide receiver/holder Matt Marshall also spoke, describing his experiences of overcoming poor choices and growing as a person while playing football at BYU.