BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, his wife, Holly, and members of the BYU football team will participate in an hour-long devotional prior to eight football games this season. This year the team will conduct service projects prior to the other four games.
These devotionals will be conducted prior to all road games as well as the Washington and San Diego State home games. They are referred to as "firesides" and are intended to help players, coaches, and those who attend strengthen or gain a knowledge of our purpose here on earth.
"The firesides have been a way for us to make a very clear statement of what our priorities are, or should be," Mendenhall says. "Football is simply the vehicle we use to help others come to a knowledge of what really brings joy and happiness to our lives. Football is not the priority. Some people don't understand that. These firesides are a way for all of us to help consider our priorities through understanding the purpose of life.
"Through the messages, as well as the musical numbers that are performed, it's a way to bring peace and happiness to our lives -- it's a way for us to give back by sharing with others the real meaning, or purpose of life."
The BYU football team has been holding weekly firesides throughout the football season since the Cougars' trip to New Mexico during the 2005 season.
"Prior to holding these firesides, I never felt settled about our regular Friday-night routine," Mendenhall says. "I always felt like we should be doing something more -- something that would allow us to give back to the community. It was an unsettled feeling that didn't ever go away until I came to a clear knowledge of what it was that we were supposed to be doing. It has been rewarding to see how the players, as well as others have embraced it."
Speakers at the weekly firesides talk about the meaning of discipleship, and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Messages will focus on how we should seek to follow the Savior's example in all aspects of our life, and as we do so, we can come to a clear understanding of our purpose here on earth.
"Discipleship is a lifelong journey," Mendenhall explains. "Being a disciple of Christ should influence every aspect of our life, every day, month and year of our life."
Following is a list of fireside dates and the locations for each fireside during the 2010 season. All firesides are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time.
2010 BYU FOOTBALL FIRESIDES
Washington game fireside address:
7:00 p.m. Friday 3 Sept.
Pleasant Grove North Field Stake Center
105 West 1800 North
Pleasant Grove, 84602
Friday, Sept. 10 (Air Force)
Colorado Springs Stake Center
155 Pine Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Friday, Sept. 17 (Florida State)
Tallahassee Stake Center
312 Stadium Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Thursday, Sept. 30 (Utah State)
Logan Utah East Stake Center
1450 E 1500 N
Logan, UT 84341
Friday, Oct. 8 (San Diego State)
Provo Wasatch (Tongan) Stake Center
1625 South Slate Canyon Drive
Provo, UT 84606
Friday, Oct. 15 (TCU)
Colleyville Texas Stake Center
500 West McDonwell School Road
Colleyville, TX 76034
Friday, Nov. 12 (Colorado State)
Fort Collins Stake Center
600 E. Swallow Road
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Friday, Nov. 26 (Utah)
Salt Lake Ensign Stake Center
135 A Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84103