Pouha reflects on Mormon faith after presidential election

New York Jets defensive lineman Sione Pouha. (Associated Press)

New York Jets defensive lineman Sione Pouha shared some personal thoughts about his Mormon faith and the presidential election with the media this week. Pouha, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and returned missionary, said that although he didn’t win, Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy did serve to show a new side of the LDS faith. His remarks appeared in a Metro article by … Continue reading»

Two gold medals, the London Paralympics and a wedding

Jason Smyth, a 4-time Paralympic gold medalist, visited the Deseret News last week. (Associated Press)

The fastest paralympian on the earth and his fiancée dropped by the Deseret News for a visit last week. Having recently won two gold medals at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Jason Smyth of Northern Ireland and his future bride, Elise Jordan, came by for an interview and show-and-tell with the medals. The couple is set to be married at the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 29. Smyth, a … Continue reading»

Stilman White prepares for LDS mission to Utah

North Carolina guard Stilman White, left, has received his mission call. He will spend the next two years in the Utah Ogden LDS mission. (Associated Press)

Stilman White has his Mormon mission call and he is ready to go. White, who played back up point guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels last season, is headed to the Utah Ogden mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the next two years. “I’m just so excited to get my calling; this is something I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” White … Continue reading»

Returned missionaries playing for Dixie State

Justin Ence carries the ball in a game against SUU in 2011. Ence served an LDS mission in Brazil. (Deseret News Archive)

The Dixie State Red Storm holds a record of 2-3 this season. Dixie State will try to end a two-game losing streak when it hosts Central Washington University Saturday at Hansen Stadium. There are 19 returned LDS missionaries playing for the Red Storm this season.   Kamuela Alisa, Laie, Hawaii (Kahuku HS), Jr., RB. Served mission in Idaho Boise mission. Adam Bangerter, St. George, Utah ((Pine View HS), … Continue reading»

Returned missionaries playing at Snow College

Garland Munns (No. 29) is one of 27 LDS returned missionaries on the roster at Snow College. (photo courtesy of Garland Munns)

Down in Ephraim, Utah, the No. 12-ranked Snow College Badgers are having another great season. Last week the Badgers thrashed the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes, 52-14, to improve to 2-0 in WSFL play and 4-1 overall. For more on Snow’s season, visit www.snowbadgers.com. As promised, here is a list of returned LDS missionaries on the Snow College roster, thanks to assistant coach Britt Maughan. Lowry Akers, Sterling, Utah (Manti … Continue reading»

More returned missionaries in college football

Brad Sorensen (No. 4) throws a pass in a game against UNLV. Sorensen served a mission in Spain. (Deseret News Archive)

I’ve been going crazy making lists lately. Last May, I compiled this list of returned LDS missionaries in professional sports history. It was not a definitive list, pretty solid with 67 names. My next list project resulted in finding 123 names of returned Mormon missionaries in 2012 FBS college football. It was posted in August. Most recently, I made a list of 28 members of The Church of … Continue reading»

Bergstrom ready to go as a Raider

Tony Bergstrom, a returned LDS missionary, is about to start his rookie year in the NFL. (Associated Press)

When the Oakland Raiders kickoff their season this fall, one of the men protecting quarterback Carson Palmer will be former University of Utah guard Tony Bergstrom.   The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman was the 95th player taken in the third round of the NFL’s April draft. Bergstrom, Oakland’s first pick of the post-Al Davis era, signed with the Raiders right before training camp. The 26-year-old went “Behind the … Continue reading»

Dallas Lloyd back from Chile, onto Stanford

SF Chronicle / Dallas Lloyd, a freshman quarterback at Stanford, recently returned from an LDS mission in Chile.

A former Utah high school prep star was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Dallas Lloyd played quarterback at Pleasant Grove High before leaving to serve an LDS mission in Viña del Mar, Chile. Lloyd is now a true freshman in fall camp with his new team, the Stanford Cardinal, where he is one of seven quarterbacks. The 6-foot-3 gunslinger told Chronicle sports writer Tom FitzGerald that his … Continue reading»

An update with Spencer Larsen

Spencer Larsen, a Mormon and returned LDS missionary, runs alongside former Denver quarterback Tim Tebow during a game last season. Larsen will play for the New England Patriots this season. (Associated Press)

A chance to do an interview with Spencer Larsen came last December when the Denver Broncos were winning games under the leadership and passionate play of quarterback Tim Tebow. Larsen, a friend of Mormon Times, graciously granted an interview to talk about the Broncos’ late-season winning streak and playing with Tebow. “I haven’t been part of a winning season since I was a junior in high school,” the … Continue reading»

Harper’s pancakes and ASU’s 7-foot RM

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper, an outfielder for the Washington Nationals, is having a good season. The Mormon from Las Vegas recently played in the MLB all-star game and is hitting .282 with eight homers and 25 RBIs. Harper was recently featured in a USA Today piece by Bob Nightengale. In the article, Nightengale addresses the “Clown question, bro,” Harper’s path to professional baseball, his perceived cockiness, and even mentions his membership … Continue reading»