|I was ordained to the office of Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by my dad, Terrell Sweat, on September 6, 2015 in Pocatello, Idaho.|
- One of my biggest influences in my latter life have been my youth leaders. They helped show me what having a good attitude can do, which is change everything. They have always shown up in a positive mood no matter where we were; church, a service activity, playing sports or games, anything. One of my football coaches would always talk about setting the tone from the very first hit of the game. My youth leaders helped set the tone for me in church and in life. In the words of Peyton Manning, “The attitude with which we approach the situation can determine our success or failure.” I learned to have a positive attitude in whatever I do.
- The third and final example I will share is my linebackers coach. Not only did he teach me countless things in football but he also taught me about life. My coach carries a passion that burns bright. From the 1st day I met him I knew he was the real deal. He taught to love, care, and respect for what you do. He would always say, “This right here, what you’re doing right now should be the most important thing in the world to you.” I found this statement very powerful to me. It made me adjust my priorities and see that whatever I’m doing, do my best and have some passion about it. He also taught me to work hard and to learn to enjoy it. When I lived on a farm we did hard work, the difference from then and now is that I hated whatever work I was doing, especially if it was hard or pushed me. My mindset was lazier than it should have been when it came to adversity. Now I have a competitive edge on me that helps me to learn to enjoy the grit of hard work and the success that comes later from pushing myself to my limits. The final thing I will touch on is I learned how to learn. Know what the heck you’re doing before you go running around half speed like a chicken with its head cut off. Take some time to comprehend, ask questions, and digest what you are doing. Don’t just go through the motions. If you are not working hard or knowing what you are supposed to be doing, then you or your teammate could end up getting stranded or hurt.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
IMAGINE ME A MISSIONARY
|President Dow Wilson set me apart and a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve for a period of 2 years in the Guatemala Guatemala City Mission on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at our home.|