Offensive lineman Marco Thorson was the first speaker at tonight's fireside in San Diego. He opened by sharing an experience he had while on his mission to Rancagua, Chile. After accepting a call from his mission president to serve as a local branch president, Thorson was put in a difficult situation, asking members to stretch their faith.
"It was really hard, but when you're a disciple of Christ, you start looking out for the welfare of others," he said. "You want them to experience the blessings of following Gospel principles."
Thorson went on to compare that situation to one he experienced just a few months ago. Before this season he hadn't played a single down in a collegiate game--ever. He was worried about how steep the difference would be between performing in practice versus a real game.
"What I realized as soon as I got in to play in my first game was that even though circumstances may be difficult, the choices are easy," he said. "When you prepare in practice and are then put into a challenging situation, things just click."
Following Thorson's talk a group of 10 defensive backs stood to sing "Come, Come Ye Saints." The group included Robbie Buckner, Landon Jaussi, Brian Logan, Scott Johnson, Travis Uale, Carter Mees, Andrew Rich, Craig Bills, Corby Eason and Zeke Mendenhall.
The second speaker was senior quarterback and tight end Brenden Gaskins. He opened by sharing his testimony.
"I feel very strongly about this Gospel because of the blessings it has given to me and my family," he said. "I love the opportunity we have to change and always become better."
Since marrying his wife, Lindsey, back in November of last year, Gaskins has gotten very close with his in-laws and extended family. He said that he's spent some time with his wife's grandfather, who is not a member of the Church, including golfing.
"Even though he is not a member of our faith by baptism, he is a member by action," shared Gaskins. "He is a great example to me on being a disciple of Christ."
Gaskins shared two things that will help us become more like our Savior in our quest for perfection: baptism and a knowledge of our divine potential.
"We must know that we are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father who gave his only begotten son in the flesh, giving us the opportunity to return to live with Him."