Yesterday I took him grocery shopping since he doesn't have a car and has to walk 3 miles round trip in order to go shopping. While we were shopping he asked more questions about the church and I was able to basically give a first missionary lesson. He is just curious about the church. I wouldn't say he is interested.
Well, last night he invited me to go to his place to watch the Celtics-Lakers game that was happening this afternoon. He is from Boston and Rhode Island so naturally he loves everything New England. I don't like to watch sports on Sunday, but as the game was at 3:30 and I have church until 4, and I had to leave at 5:40 to go home teach a family I figured by the time I got there the game would be almost over and we would probably just sit around and talk, not even things religious. I was right. We just relaxed and shot the breeze. The neat experience was that I was able to give him a Book of Mormon during this time. As I said, I don't think he's interested right now but he is curious about what we believe and why. He grew up Catholic but thinks Jesus was more of a good guy than our Savior. I don't know what will happen but it felt really good to have a positive missionary experience. I also wasn't too nervous giving him a Book of Mormon, which was a relief.
So the moral of the story is that BYU has athletics to spread the gospel. Yes, sometimes the athletes make poor choices and it would drive me nuts when I would see the athletes get away with things as students at BYU. Yet, there are those that play well and draw national attention. And BYU being a church school this brings attention to our church. So even though I get really annoyed with how the sports teams act or play, they do provide missionary opportunities. And for that, all can be forgiven.