Tonight's pregame fireside was held at the Green Valley Stake Center.
Redshirt freshman defensive back Robbie Buckner opened the fireside with his talk on discipleship. He shared one his favorite scriptures, John 14:15.
"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
"The way we show our love is through charity--the strongest form of love," said Buckner.
He went on to share a point in time on his mission to Mozambique when he was feeling particularly frustrated. During companionship study he and his companion were reading from Preach My Gospel. They came across the section that taught specifically about charity. From that point on Buckner made an effort to become more charitable to those he met.
Elder Gene R. Cook said, "As we increasingly think and act like Him, the attributes of the natural man will slip away to be replaced by the heart and the mind of Christ. We will become like Him and then truly receive Him."
Buckner shared another mission experience he had during a Christmas visit to a local orphanage. He spent time playing with a young boy who seemed sad. It was only later that Buckner learned that the boy had been dropped off at the orphanage the day before.
"I'm grateful I could show love to him," he said. "It taught me a lot. I know that if we show love to others we will truly become disciples of Christ."
Following Buckner's talk Jeff Bell, Travis Uale and Zeke Mendenhall sang "I Am a Child of God" in both English and Spanish. Linebacker Matt Bauman accompanied them on the piano.
Freshman defensive back Craig Bills was the next speaker. His talk focused on inviting others to come unto Christ.
"The most important invitation we can extend is for someone to come unto Christ," he said. "It is also the most important invitation we can accept."
Bills shared a personal experience involving his grandfather, who recently joined the Church about five years ago. After years of family members talking to his grandpa about joining the Church and setting good examples, he finally decided to be baptized.
"My grandma was truly a witness of Jesus Christ during that time," said Bills. "She was very diligent--going to the temple regularly, fulfilling her callings and many other things. I am grateful for that example."
He closed his talk by sharing a quote by President Henry B. Eyring.
"When you give your heart to inviting people to come unto Christ, your heart will be changed. You will be doing His work for Him. You will find that He keeps His promise to be one with you in your service. You will come to know Him. And in time you will come to be like Him and “be perfected in him.” By helping others come unto Him, you will find that you have come unto Him yourself. If you want to be near Him, to feel His peace, you can do it best in His service."