My hat goes off to this man and to his employer. Not many people would put
church and beliefs before work obligations. Hat off to his employer because
these days so many employers don't work with people and respect them because of
their beliefs. Its refreshing to read such a great story. It doesn't matter that
he is L.D.S. More people need to have that kind of respect for peoples believes
and work with them. Wish more employers were that understanding about
people that donate time to their church to make peoples lives better.
I've really enjoyed these articles and the Vai's blog postings. I am glad to
know more about the man, and his inspiring life-story.
Once again I am thoroughly impressed with Vai. I think of D&C 58:28. When men do
good they will not lose their reward. Obviously Vai has put good in front of
anything and been rewarded greatly. He's an amazing example of not fearing man
and putting your faith forward. Tradition, Spirit, and Honor lives on.Go Cougars!
I'm teary eyed reading this. I played with Vai when I was a freshmen and his
fiery temperment wasn't tempered by years of experience. Honestly, most of us
freshmen kind of cowered into the corners when he and the Polynesian contingent
came into the locker room. I love reading his experiences here on these blogs.
Please keep them coming.
Another great series from a gifted writer about a compelling person. Keep up
the awesome work!
Doug, great story and thanks for getting it done. In a day where our society is
moving more and more towards entitlement and over 1/6 of the country is
receiving social security benefits (just heard on the news there are 58 million
social security recipients), to read about people who worked hard to sacrifice
for their children and then to see Vai take advantage of that sacrifice to
become the great man that he is, it's truly inspiring. It reminds us of what a
person is truly capable of with hard work, persistence, and faith.
Wow, what a great series! I am printing a copy to share with my family.
Vai, I hope you know how much this all means to us! You are a great example and
to Doug for his talent of bringing a great story to us all. I feel a greater
sense of duty to my God and Church due to this story. Faith has new meaning for
Doug, excellent series! These types of articles are definitely your forte! Vai,
what an example. I'm your age and remember your BYU career very well. What comes
out so strongly in this series is how important Faith & Family are to you and
the role they play in your life. Thank you, Vai, for letting your light so shine
Way to represent our Tongan people Vai. You are a great example of not
forgetting where you came from and achieving the American dream. Thank you for
your beliefs and reminder of why we all came to this great land of
opportunity.Yes we all miss that little poor humble island in the
Pacific but we are grateful to raise our families in this great nation with
sights set on opportunities to serve others and achieve our dreams. Go Cougars!
'Ofa atu Vai (Much Love) and Malo 'Aupito (Thank You) for your
inspirational blogs and stories.
I had the privilege of hearing Pres. Sekahema speak at the Vineland Ward while
visiting friends last year. Very inspiring! It's wonderful to see someone who
had done so well and still maintained their faith.
After reading Vai's blog and these articles about him, he is by far my favorite
BYU player ever. What an example.
This final installment of this article on Vai brought me to tears. My husband
and I know this man: a man of faith, a man devoted to family and friends, a man
who loves sports and appreciates the job he has in life ... a husband, father,
brother, uncle and friend. We've heard these stories before and been touched and
amused by turn. But now that who Vai is - is being shared with the world, I pray
the youth of today recognize the validity and sincerity in Vai and hold him up
as an example of who they should be like and what they can achieve if they just
work hard enough, take advantage of every opportunity and in doing that, be
prepared at all times. Thank you, Vai, for holding true to the man your parents
raised you to be.
Great to see an uplifting article when so many sensationalize the terrible.
Enjoyed traveling across the planes of South Dakota with Vai many years ago
while serving a mission. Great man back then as well.
Vai has touched more lives than he will ever know. What a giant among men. He
took the path not so well traveled but great impact always true to the truth he
knew. Thank you for this story. This story and the story of LHM are the best.
More people (BYU fans) need to be like Vai and move out of the state. In a good
way! I'm just saying....
Great Story Period! To both Via and the writer Doug each story got better and
better... My only complaint is I don't have anything to look forward to
Red, what does this story have to be about BYU Fan's. Go TCU over the Utes.
I loved watching Vai back in the 80s; he put excitement into every punt
return!Mormons like Vai who are in the public eye and are true to
the Gospel do an enormous amount of good for the image of the Church. They help
cut through all the fog that Lucifer puts out there.
I just moved to Utah in August and imagine how thrilled I was to see articles
about Vai Sikahema in the paper! He is so great on Channel 10 News in Phila. He
is very beloved there. It was a little bit of home for me. I remember hearing
stories about his youth firesides. He would hold up his BYU/Eagles uniforms and
tell the youth these were the uniforms he wore for football. Then he explained
how his white shirt and tie are his uniform for the priesthood. It really hit
home for the young men in our ward there. So glad Utah now gets to hear about
My parents love Vai - they went to BYU during the glory days. I never really
knew why, but reading this is 9000 times better than doing my calc homework.
What a great man, and an inspiration. Glad to see these kinds of people brought
into the spotlight. I wish there was more to read about Vai, but I shouldn't be
ungrateful!I agree about needing BYU fans to move out of state! I
served a mission in the midwest, and was generally very happy to meet the young
families who had left BYU (or the U, same principle) to come live outside their
comfort zone and who were terrific people. I'll be leaving Provo as soon as I'm
done with my undergrad - I'm not a Utahn as it is.Thanks for the
articles on Vai. Some of the best stuff I've read from any newspaper ever.
Great Article! Vai inspires more people than he realizes. What a great man of
faith. We love you Vai.
Interesting that fighting and cursing are highlighted in an article about his
Johhen,Fighting and cursing are parts of the human story. If you are not
willing to fight for what is right and willing to curb your emotions at times
like Vai and his father have done, you really aren't the type of man or
woman I'd care to be around. I've been around many great leaders in
the Church and many of them swore at times. A fault? Perhaps. But they were
warriors like Vai.