Sunday, March 27, 2011

First Time for Everything

Well, this will be a short post to let everyone know that I, Darin Wallace DeVore, will be attending...wait for it...my very first NUCCA conference next month in Newport, CA!!!!! Am I excited? You bet your sweet buns I am!!

I do admit, I am also a little nervous. Look, I have never been to a professional conference before. I have no idea what to expect. I don't know if I will walk out of there totally geared up and excited for the future, or amazingly overwhelmed and nervous. You know what though? Who cares! My excitement totally overpowers my nervousness. I have been telling my NUCCA friends at school that I am attending the conference over and over again, like an excited 5 year old who is getting ready for his first day of kindergarten. I know that I am acting this way too when I do it, but for some reason it still doesn't stop me.

So get excited!! And pray that I will walk away not totally overwhelmed...

Some Nice Comments in Church

Today in church there were two comments that I really loved. I want to write them down so I will remember them, and so all of you can hear them as well.

The first comment was said by the first speaker today. He was talking about General Conference. He was recently baptized in September so the October session was his first Conference. He compared the guidance we receive from the inspired leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during General Conference to the answers we find to odd numbered math questions in our high school math book. We don't get all of the answers at the back of our math book, as we have to still figure out the solution to the even numbered questions. Despite this, we still use the odd question answers as guides to help us understand if we are heading in the right direction.

The second comment that struck me was given by a girl in my branch during Sunday School. We were studying in John chapters 5 and 6. Jesus Christ made the statement that in order to have eternal life, we need to partake of his flesh and drink of his blood. Now, obviously we don't literally eat the Savior's flesh or drink His blood, but we symbolically do when we partake of the sacrament in our church services on Sunday. The girl commented though that when we eat food and drink liquids, they nourish our bodies and they literally become a part of us. So when we symbolically eat Christ's flesh when we eat the sacrament bread, and symbolically drink Christ's blood when we drink the sacrament water, they are inside us, nourish our bodies, and symbolically become a part of us. This symbolically is showing that we are letting Christ into our lives; we are letting Christ nourish our souls. We try to act how he acts, love how he loves, and are obedient to God's commandments as he is obedient.

I hope these comments made you think about the blessings of General Conference and the sacrifice and life of Christ like they did for me. Happy Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Inspirational Article That EVERYONE Should Read

The following link is to an article that tells the amazing story of the grueling and difficult road to recovery for one of my favorite athletes, Charlie Davies. With March Madness going on (GO BYU!) and all the news about the NFL lockout, this amazing story got lost in all of the other sporting news; it shouldn't have. To give a quick background, the night before the USA played their last qualification game for the 2010 World Cup in Washington, D.C., US forward and goal scorer extraordinaire Charlie Davies was a passenger in a horrible car accident.


the car Charlie Davies was a passenger in

Davies almost died, and as a result woke up with many broken bones, a lacerated bladder, and other terrible ailments. Naturally it was logical to assume that he would never play soccer again, let alone live a fully normal life. The article goes into detail about his road to recovery, him overcoming the amazing odds against him, and his first game back to playing soccer after being absent from the game for 17 months. His team now is D.C. United, which is ironic since Washington, D.C. is where he almost lost his life. Oh, and he scored two goals.

Since Charlie is one of my favorite players, and I had been following his recovery the whole time, I watched him play his first game back Saturday night. I anticipated this game more than the BYU game. I wanted to see him play more than anything. In fact I was more nervous for him than I was for BYU. Why? I wanted to see him succeed. I had been following him for over a year. I was up to date with his recovery, and he was very open with his goals and aspirations. Going through this as a fan, you can't help but become emotionally attached.

This game was more important to me than BYU because I wanted to support him from far away (even though he doesn't know who I am, but that's not the point). Also, I know (okay, more like really really hope) that my kids will love soccer, and as a result they will know Charlie Davies' story. As a result of this I know my kids will ask if I saw Charlie Davies play his first game back. And I wanted to tell them that I did, and describe to them what it meant to me to witness first hand, and not through a movie or through a newspaper article, how his success, patience, and determination meant and affected me and millions of fans. In fact, despite how great BYU's historic win was, it doesn't even hold a candle to how the game of a niche European sport, that took place in Washington, D.C. in front of 18,000 fans in an old and rickety stadium, with minor media exposure, will forever impact my life.

So read the article and definitely watch the video at the top of the article that contains his emotional reaction after his first game back. You will be very grateful you did.