Tonight's fireside was held at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. It was only a short distance from the team hotel, so we walked instead of taking the buses like we normally do.
Junior linebacker Matt Bauman, who attended Skyline High School here in Salt Lake, was the first speaker. He recounted his first fall camp at BYU as a walk-on and how unprepared he felt. He compared that to a learning experience he had on his mission to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
"Whether you're being beat up on the football field or on a spiritual field, those experiences help you become stronger," he said.
Bauman also addressed the importance of setting a good example for those around you. He used the example that it is easy to say you are going to be kind to someone, but actually putting kindness into action is harder to do.
"As we try and act like a disciple of Christ, that example shines through to others," said Bauman.
A group of players, consisting of Kellen Fowler, David Tafuna, Nick Alletto, Travis Uale, Coleby Clawson, Brenden Gaskins and Landon Jaussi, followed Bauman's talk by singing "Redeemer of Israel". Wide receiver Reed White accompanied them on the piano.
Junior defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen was the second player to address those in attendance. He began by saying, "For us to experience eternal life we must know God. The meaning is simple, but to actually do that is a little harder."
The Helper, Utah native went on to ready Doctrine & Covenants 124:15 in which the Lord expresses his love for Hyrum Smith, brother of the prophet Joseph Smith.
"And again, verily I say unto you, blessed is my servant Hyrum Smith; for I, the Lord, love him because of the integrity of his heart, and because he loveth that which is right before me, saith the Lord."
Asking ourselves if we love that which is good is a good test to see exactly where we are in our quest to "know God". The simple things, like reading your scriptures daily and saying your personal prayers, are seemingly simple things that have a real impact.
"It is during those quiet times that you come to know your Heavenly Father the most," said Jorgensen.
He closed by reading a poem entitled, "Jake the Rancher" which illustrates the importance of knowing your Heavenly Father.
For a link to the poem, which was read in a 2002 BYU-Idaho devotional, CLICK HERE.