This was an inspiring story. I'm glad he was able to move forward despite
trials I probably wouldn't have tolerated.
Sharipov certainly has experienced great triumphs as well as great trials in his
life, and come out the better for it. Few have had such experiences, Ohio State
is lucky to have him. Balancing our time in this mortal life is perhaps the
greatest challenge, given all the needs and demands placed upon us. Love to
hear more of his philosophy and methods for doing this.
From communism to "Mormonism"…that is quite a leap. And I thought
my own conversion story was radical. Of course, it always helps when there is a
person of the opposite sex to motivate you (as there was in my case, partially).
This man's athletic training probably also helped him prepare for the
rigors of Gospel living too…much as marching band did for my wife, or
pledging for a fraternity did for me. Nothing teaches the principle of
"opposition in all things" more rapidly than rigorous athletic activity
requiring enormous patience and discipline.
Wonderful person and story.
Very interesting story...thanks very much
One more person from far away baptized!And the restored gospel, the
"good news" of Jesus Chritst, continues to march onward!
Very enjoyable story. Thank-you!
I still think it's too bad that Title IX killed men's gymnastics at
BYU. Sharipov would have been a natural fit there.
Seems like a cursory biography of this former Soviet gymnast. I hope he is happy
now. The gospel can bring great peace and joy to those who embrace it.
Love the fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ when applied to ones life. It
changes everything, and for the better. Balance is so hard to achieve. Constant
juggling of priorities. The Gospel gives vision and assistance with that
balancing act, and it preserves relationships that might otherwise wither. It is
a "salt that does not lose its savour." Though some things can be argued
forever concerning the gospel, the effect on peoples lives cannot. It is real,
and it is sweet. But like all living things, nourishment is of the first order
or it shrinks or becomes choked with other cares and is crowded out. For me
that is the challenge. Thanks for all the inspiring posts... from an inspiring
Time for an "I'm a Mormon" video.