A Certain Englishman bought me tickets to see the BYU Men's Basketball team play UAB tonight in the NIT opener. I'm excited because I love watching "my boys" play in the Marriott Center.
One of the main reasons why I love to watch BYU Basketball is because of you and the thousands of others next to you. You sit in a section known as the ROC (Roar of the Cougars). I love watching the energy and cheering from the student section. You come dressed in costumes, with signs, painted faces, and even wigs.
During halftime, many signs known as “Fat Heads” will be distributed to you. Just like every game this season, one of those signs will be of Donald Trump.
You will look at that sign and in that moment have to make a decision. Do you keep it or pass on to someone else. For whatever reason you’ll decide to keep it.
Eventually UAB will go to the free throw line. In an attempt to distract him from making his basket, your friends will hold up their signs and scream and yell. My plea to you is this, please keep your sign of Donald Trump by your feet.
That sign was probably purchased before Trump became a presidential candidate, before he told people to throw a protester out in the cold without a coat, before he offered to pay the legal fees for a supporter, and before he insulted the other candidates with names that a third-grader would use. The person distributing the signs might not even know that Donald Trump is in the stack. But I know.
You see I’m a season ticket holder and I’ve gone to every game but one. I sit across from the ROC and I see his face every time. At first, I barely noticed it. But as the campaign has continued, I’m now very aware of his face in the crowd. And I don’t want to have to look at it anymore.
You probably don’t know much about laws against 501(c)3’s and political campaigning. You may not even know that BYU is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution. But I am not asking you to keep that sign by your feet for political reasons, but for moral ones. He is a rabble-rouser, a troublemaker, an agitator, a fanatic, and every other synonym you find when you look up the word demagogue. He has no place in the Marriott Center.
Maybe the UAB player will make the shot and get the point. Maybe this point is why UAB wins the game. Maybe you’ll feel like you didn’t do your small part to help the Cougs win. But you will be wrong. You did your small part to win a much greater fight.
I am a writer by trade. I've been doing it since I was 7 years old when I started my first journal. I am a researcher by training. I started my career as a molecular biologist studying epilepsy and now I consult for nonprofits. I'm a scriptorian by passion. I love studying the scriptures and writing about what I've learned.
On November 24, 2019, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints released a new video depicting the birth of Christ. It's called "The Christ Child: A Nativity Story" and you can view the 18-minute video below:
You might notice that this portrayal is quite different from most stories, videos and even crèches that we are used to. I'd like to highlight some of the key differences and possible symbolic meanings.
Observation #1 - The donkey
So often the story shows Mary on the donkey as if that was the intended mode of transportation for her. But as we see in this video, donkeys were used to transport items. At one point we see that Mary no longer walks but is now riding the donkey. So what happens to all the stuff the donkey had been carrying? It's now on Joseph's back.
Husbands and fathers are the bearers of the priesthood. They carry this burden to provide, protect, and bless their wives and children.