Sunday, October 5, 2008

I See… BYU Football and Keeping Covenants



Tradition Spirit Honor


These are three words that BYU football has used to successfully inspire the team and its fans to new heights of excellence. Currently, they enjoy the longest winning streak in college football.


Can one be an avid BYU Football Fan and be diligent at keeping sacred covenants? The real question should be, how can one be an avid BYU Football Fan and not be diligent?


Following this wildly successful formula, there are also three words that can inspire members of the church to keep the covenants they have made.:


Integrity Remember Example


Integrity- Loren C. Dunn, who was a general authority of the church that sponsors the university with a football team boasting the longest current winning streak, noted that “Integrity is the ability to carry out a decision long after the moment of making it is gone.”


Remember- Spencer W. Kimball, was the prophet and president of the church that sponsors the university with a football team boasting the longest current winning streak, taught that “When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be “remember.” Because all of [us] have made covenants … our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath day- to taking the sacrament and listen to the priests pray that [we] may always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given [us] Remember is the word.”


Example- In the Book of Mormon, regarded as the word of God by the church that sponsors the university with a football team boasting the longest current winning streak, converted Lamanite fathers set the ultimate example of covenant keeping for their 2,000 stripling warrior sons by being willing to die by the sword rather than break the covenant they made to ‘stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.”


The parallels are obvious. Pursuing tradition, spirit, and honor in playing and supporting BYU football can lead to integrity in remembering the examples of the faithful that inspire us to keep sacred covenants.

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