San Diego State Pregame Fireside

Oct 11, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki on October 11, 2010 at 9:29 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Friday night's fireside was held at the Provo Wasatch Tongan Stake Center and featured many of the team's Polynesian players and staff members.

The night started with a musical number, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," sung by Mark and Liz Atuaia, accompanied by Robert Anae on the guitar.

Travis Tuiloma, a true freshman defensive lineman from Topeka, Kan., was the first speaker. He opened by pointing out that the Latin word for "disciple" translates into "learner".

Referring to a talk given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, he said, "The more we fill our hearts and minds with the message of the risen Christ, the greater our desire is to follow Him and live His teachings. This, in turn, causes our faith to grow and allows the light of Christ to illuminate our hearts."

Travis then shared 2 Nephi 31:13, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel."

A quartet of players, including, Algernon Brown, Walter Kahaiali'i, Manaaki Vaitai and Travis Uale, sang the hymn, "Lord I Would Follow Thee."

Junior defensive lineman Simote Vea was the second speaker of the night, focusing his talk on the power of prayer. He shared several personal experiences involving prayer and how his testimony has been strengthened.

"You must be specific when praying," he said. "The righteous desires of your heart will be granted to you, just maybe not in the way you expected."

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it reads, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

"We are not alone," said Simote. "God is there to help us with what we need."

He closed with a quote by President James E. Faust, "Many think that the price of discipleship is too costly and too burdensome. For some, it involves giving up too much. But the cross is not as heavy as it appears to be. Through obedience we acquire much greater strength to carry it."