By Aaron (Guest Blogger)
Growing up as a kid I was always told that I couldn’t hang out with friends or play certain video games on Sunday. At the time it just seemed like another dumb rule that my parents had implemented just because they could.
Over time, as I matured, I was able to see the importance of these rules. It not only made the Lord happy, but it blessed my life. It took a while for this valuable principle to stick, but I was able to see the importance of it through my own experiences. I have found that my own experiences have allowed me to no longer rely on my parent’s testimonies about keeping the Sabbath day holy. I now feel it is important for myself.
Growing up I’ve always loved sports. These past few years basketball has become my main focus. I love the game and can’t get enough of it. I play on the varsity basketball team for my high school. Going into the program I was pretty raw and wasn’t the best player. Over the past two years my coaches have worked with me and helped me to develop my skills. Throughout the basketball season we played many good teams. I would often find myself being awed by the other sophomores who seemed to be levels ahead of me and were the stars of their teams. All of these kids had one thing in common; they all played on travel teams.
When the end of my freshman year of high school basketball came along, I joined a travel team to try and get better and play against the top kids my age. It started off well and I enjoyed practicing with the team. The first out of state tournament was coming up and I knew that a lot of games, in particular playoff games, were on Sunday. I talked to my parents and they told me they didn’t want me to play on Sunday. I didn’t think it really mattered but I obeyed my parents. I quit the team and just stuck with high school ball.
My sophomore year came and went and I was faced with the same predicament of wanting to play on a travel team. I felt like if I played against the best I would be able to increase my skills and take it to the next level. I had it set in my mind that I was going to play no matter what. I had convinced myself that it would be okay to play on a couple Sundays and it wouldn’t be a big deal. I told my parents about my decision and they told me to pray about it. I put it off for a while and tried to not give it much thought. Eventually I knelt down and prayed. I didn’t receive my answer immediately or all at once. As I was thinking about it in bed one night I had a reassuring feeling come over me. I knew that if I put in the work and kept the commandments the Lord would take care of me. I don’t know if this means that I will become a better basketball player or play college ball. I just know that whatever comes my way will be what the Lord wants and knows is best for me.
By putting my trust in him and realizing that there is more to life than sports, I was able to build a stronger relationship with my Heavenly Father. I know that if we keep the commandments our lives will be blessed. It may not be in the way that we want, but the Lord will always be there for us. I’m grateful for this trial that was given to me. To some it might seem small, but it is an experience I will never forget. The gospel has brought true happiness into my life.