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SUU coach Ed Lamb is not a Mormon but serves anyway

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  • fani wj, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 6:35 a.m.

    Great article! Thanks for sharing

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Aug. 19, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    This isn't an uncommon situation missionaries face, and is easily one of the most challenging. Naturally someone seeking to be like Christ and to further the Father's work would want to know "why?" We can't see what's in other people's minds or hearts, but we still try to understand these things when we associate with others, and being unable to do so in a circumstance like this is always disappointing.

    When one is in a position in which receiving baptism would effectively change or limit nothing in their social or physical life, yet makes all the difference of eternity hereafter... I wonder "why?" Logically it doesn't make sense; nothing to lose and everything to gain. What else factors into a decision like this?

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    My former Mission President, Charles Didier, was once a perpetual investigator. But he only resisted for about seven years. Once baptized he gave it his all...after his calling as our Mission Pres. he was called to the Quorum of Seventy, and with his ability to speak multiple languages fluently was a great asset to the Church. Hope this good coach will follow suit.

  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    Just for the fun of throwing my opinion out there.... my opinion is if people do not join the Church in this life, they won't join the Church of the Lamb of God in the next. The only hope is that those who learn about the Gospel in this life is they are baptized in this life. Those that never heard the word while in mortality are the only ones that may desire to join. It's not that the Lord wont give them the option to "join" in the next life, it's just they won't because it's their character. I took 3 years. Brother Lamb obviously will take longer (maybe). Others have. I've known some that have died and never joined (and I don't believe will) and others I've known for 30+ years and they won't be baptized but they come to Church and serve. I don't get it. It's like wanting to live together but not tie the knot. It must be a character thing and that character thing is not a God-like characteristic.

  • Tutanikai Murray, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Interesting story, but I take exception to your description of his calling to Scouting as "small." To begin with, it's hugely important in the lives of young men, and secondly, we are constantly reminded that no calling is "small." You might want to reconsider your language.

  • Mark C Gilbert, SC
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    It grates on me to see the the wording "...and other small callings." Small callings? Is working with a Scout who you are shaping for the future a "small" calling? This good brother is serving a vital role in the Church and is being recognized for this. Why couldn't the writer have just said "and other callings" rather than making a judgment of what might be a small or large calling? As we were taught in drama classes, "There are no small roles, only small people." In the Church, the saying reads "It is not where you serve but how you serve."

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    James: You ask why, but he tells you exactly why. "Over time, I've been exposed to the culture and have tremendous respect for the religion. This has been a real example for good in my life. The morals and beliefs are highly congruent with how I would want to live and how I want my family to live their lives." He never says he believes it to be the only true church of Jesus Christ. There is truth and beauty in the teachings of many religions, if you choose to look and many share many morals and beliefs with the Mormon faith. That is as far as it goes for him though so there is no mystery as to why. You can like something and partake in it even if you aren't a member. Many Y students and other LDS members go to the Sikh festival yearly in Utah without joining and LDS leaders are now encouraging interfaith cooperation and friendship based on mutually shared morals and beliefs. I believe that to be a goodwill gesture of unity and not just an attempt to snag members.

  • rdHouse Huffman,, TX
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    I enjoyed the article, but I would think you may not have sufficiently assessed scouting to call it a "small capacity" in the Church. Even though it is not a line calling in the Church a scoutmaster can and should have more impact on a scout age boy than just about anybody else. Ask any Eagle scout if his scoutmaster had a small or large influence on his life.

    My wife is a convert to the church who held a couple of callings while still a "dry land" Mormon. People respond to being needed and it is wonderful when the opportunity can be extended to them. Thanks for the story about a fine coach.

  • grip Meridian, ID
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    I do not know of any small capacities in Church work. All callings touch peoples lives. Great article and and interesting "exposure".

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    Nice article.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Great article! I enjoyed yesterday's as well and look forward to the others this week. Lamb is great example to the many young people he leads. Re: James, "logic" should never enter the mix of whether to join the church. That decision is based on faith. Yes, logic may add to your faith, but faith is something you feel. Re: maclouie, thanks for saying that is your "opinion" because your opinion is not based on any doctrine that I've come across.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    The Church has lots of "Eds" (like my uncle Mike)and they are greatly valued and loved. Good luck this season Coach!

  • Lilly Munster netherlands, 00
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Of course there is absolutely NO pressure regarding his job, is there?

  • plumwort Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    Deseret News: Shame on you "small" callings like scouts. Good luck with that my husband has been both Bishop and Scout master. I think bishop was the "smaller" of the calling.

  • Levin Reno, NV
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    What do you mean by job pressure, Lilly? Many if not most football coaches at Utah's state schools have not been LDS. Kyle Whittingham is the first in a long time at Utah. Matt Wells at USU is not, nor was Gary Anderson. Jay Hill at Weber State might be, but McBride was not. So, I'm not sure what you mean.

  • Spencer Nelson Murray, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    Levin,

    For informational purposes; Gary Anderson is Mormon (no idea if he's active). Jay Hill is Mormon as well (is a returned missionary).

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    Coach Lamb looks to be a class act regardless of his religious affiliation. Good luck this season coach.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    @maclouie
    "my opinion is if people do not join the Church in this life, they won't join the Church of the Lamb of God in the next. "
    "It's not that the Lord wont give them the option to "join" in the next life, it's just they won't because it's their character. "

    Well that just insults a massive swath of people... so what exactly is wrong with the "character" of people like me? The reason I'm not a member is I don't believe in it and the reason I don't believe is there's not enough evidence. That wouldn't be the case in the spirit world if the church were true and I think most people would accept it then. At least I would.

    "It must be a character thing and that character thing is not a God-like characteristic."

    One can believe the church does good things and is a positive influence, without believing the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. Would you rather someone without a belief in the BoM or Joseph Smith being a Prophet lie their way through a baptism interview?

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Having served in the scouting program of our ward while our boys were members was a great opportunity for me. I never thought of any "calling" as "big" or "small," just something the Lord wanted me to do.

    My sons are both Eagles and several of the young men in our ward in that time frame are also. Having accompanied them on long hikes, service projects, annual camping as well as regional and national gatherings, I felt honored and proud of our boys and their accomplishments.

    There was nothing small about it. Coach Lamb is a great role model, and that's what young men need growing up. May the Lord bless him and his work.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    @ Schnee:

    Why do you let one person's opinion allow you to become so insulted and up in arms? He's simply expressing an opinion... just like he mentioned. Isn't he entitled to one? Along that same vein, I've noticed a certain group of people in society who often go out of their way to look for things to be insulted about regarding the Church. Doing so does no harm to anyone but themselves. Learn to take differences in opinion in stride without giving such things a second thought. You'll be happier.

    @ Tutanikai and Mark C:

    The term "small" in describing Mr. Lamb's scouting church callings could've been his own and so don't warrant getting all excited about. Believe it or not, some scouting positions are smaller than others and take a whole lot less time to fulfill. I've been in some wards where there are basically assistants to assistants as the Bishopric strives to find positions for everyone and get them involved.
    All positions are important, but some definitely take a smaller time commitment to fulfill. Perhaps that was the authors intent in the usage of his words. Not a big deal.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    @ Schnee:

    One other thought to consider. The Lord has pointed out that He wants people to be able to take and accept many gospel truths on faith, rather than always seek after signs. He disparaged sign-seekers multiple times in the New Testament. Using faith can truly be an personal character builder.

    Christ admonished his apostle Thomas for not believing that He had been resurrected unless Thomas could see for himself. He told Thomas he was blessed for finally believing. But that those who believe without seeing are more blessed. Generating personal faith by being able to believe by the power of the Holy Spirit is truly character building. We're not supposed to have full proof about everything we've been asked to believe in. Otherwise, God Himself would always be here on earth to prove His existence to all of us. But He's not and yet most still believe in Him.

    "By their fruits shall ye know them", is what Christ said when telling us how to determine true from false prophets. You need to sincerely read the Book of Mormon with genuine intent. I have confidence you'll get your answer. Millions have.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Aug. 19, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    @Schnee
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "The reason I'm not a member is I don't believe in it and the reason I don't believe is there's not enough evidence."

    I appreciate your honesty and frankness regarding your situation! But I just don't believe there's a lack of evidences or not enough of them for that matter. I think there's plenty enough evidences that supports the truth of what Joseph Smith brought forth into the world. It's only a matter of us willing to honestly seek answers from the Lord himself through humble and sincere prayer whether the things he claimed were true or not. To me, the key is the BoM. If that book is true then all else falls in place. If it's false, then Joseph Smith was a fraud and everything he claimed happened was a lie, eg...God the Father and Jesus Christ didn't appear to him, and Moroni, Moses, Elijah, Elias, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John all never came to him either. But then why was he willing to suffer so much persecution, even death, to perpetuate a lie?

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    Aug. 19, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    Every calling is important! there is no such thing as a "small calling."

  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    Aug. 19, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    @Schnee

    First, I was corrected by you and someone else that maybe he has not come to know of it's truthfulness and you are right, lying to get baptized is hypocritical and unacceptable.

    Second, you made my point, though, when you said this:

    "The reason I'm not a member is I don't believe in it ... I don't believe there's enough evidence. That wouldn't be the case in the spirit world if the church were true and I think most people would accept it then. At least I would."

    My opinion is there will not be any more evidence in the Spirit World than there is now. That is why missionaries are serving in the Spirit World. When you go you will meet friends and others of your same ilk and all of you will continue to laugh and scorn the message because there still will not be enough evidence.

    I do not know you so do not be insulted by my recent choice of words. My opinion: you wont change your mind in the next life. You are beyond your probation.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    Aug. 19, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    Instead of using the word "small" in referring to the coach's calling, perhaps it would be more appropriate to say: "callings that do not require Church membership of the person called."

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    @Brio
    "The Lord has pointed out that He wants people to be able to take and accept many gospel truths on faith, rather than always seek after signs. "

    Sure, but there's still gotta be enough of something else beyond faith that makes us decide which set of spiritual claims we believe while at the same time we personally don't believe the others. I am a Christian so it's not like the concept of faith is an issue for me.

    "You need to sincerely read the Book of Mormon with genuine intent. I have confidence you'll get your answer. "

    Tried it, didn't get the result you'd expect. Tried to force the issue anyway. I know personally that joining without belief is not a good thing.

    @thebigsamoan
    "But then why was he willing to suffer so much persecution, even death, to perpetuate a lie?"

    Hypothetically, if it were all a lie, and he admitted such, I think his own followers would've killed him after they sacrificed so much. Perpetuating it at least keeps him in a position of power even if that has it's own persecutions and problems.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    @maclouie
    "That is why missionaries are serving in the Spirit World. When you go you will meet friends and others of your same ilk and all of you will continue to laugh and scorn the message because there still will not be enough evidence."

    But if missionaries are serving in the Spirit World, and the whole Spirit World thing itself exists and is set up the way the LDS church said it would be, then that would actually be more evidence of an "oh... heh, I guess they did get it right, well now I feel silly for rejecting it before" nature and a rather important one since that'd mean verifying details of the afterlife which would be extremely difficult to do accidentally.

    "My opinion: you wont change your mind in the next life."

    Well... maybe we can make a deal, if the LDS church happens to be correct, if you find me in the spirit world feel free to tell me "I told you so" regarding the church being true, so that I can answer with "I told you so" when I accept it.

  • statman Lehi, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    Scout callings are as big or as small as the ward (Bishop) and the leader wants them to be. In some units, it's two weeks each summer (scout camp for 12-13 YOs & high-adventure camp for 14+ YOs), one troop meeting a week, plus two overnights a month - and all the planning / logistics that those necessitate. And that doesn't count all the time doing fund-raisers, food-drives, etc. Some units have the weekly meetings, and occasional overnight, and part of a week in the summer (splitting time with other adults in the ward).

    If done properly and to the full-extent that the callings generally demand, the order of difficulty/time requirements of the callings in the ward are something like this: 1) Bishop, 2) Early Morning Seminary Teacher (if you have one), 3) Relief Society President, 4) Elders Quorum President 5) Scout Master.

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    Aug. 19, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    LOL . . . I'm sure the editors are regretting connecting the word "small" with a scouting calling. Any head or assistant scoutmaster will laugh at the idea that these callings (if done correctly) require anything other than a major commitment.

  • bj-hp Maryville, MO
    Aug. 19, 2014 3:07 p.m.

    maclouie makes a profound statement in his opinion and scripture will back him up. "And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world."

    There is more so if you think you can wait until you get to the Spirit World to find out once it has been taught to you in this life, you may be on the outside looking in.

  • Nacho Libre 1 Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    Unless this article was edited, I don't understand all the resentment about the scouting comment. It doesn't use the word "small" it says "Scouting and other capacities." You can't have certain callings in the Church as a non-member. I think the article was inspiring and applaud him for recognizing good and trying to be a good person and have a good, Christ-centered family. Of course there are no "small callings." That's why Elder Oaks of the Twelve was a Sunday School teacher after being the President of BYU. All callings are important, especially the so-called "small" callings of home and visiting teacher.

  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    Next time I take a week off work to shepherd a couple dozen young men on a 30-mile hike in the Uintas, make sure they are fed, sheltered, and return home to their families safe, I'll keep reminding myself what a "small" calling it is.

  • SuuDave Cedar city, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    Coach Lamb is a class act. Each year he gets the most out of talented players that others overlook. He is an assett in his home community with or without his influence as head football coach at SUU. He is a very evoted family man inspite of the demands placed upon him by his football responsibilites. Cedar City is fortunate to have Coach Lamb.

  • Anchovey Provo, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    One of my grandfathers investigated the church for over 14 years and served in many Church callings while not a member of The Church. One day he surprised his family when he invited them to his baptism. It takes a lot of humility to pray to know if the Gospel has been restored in these latter days and then to enter the waters of baptism to begin the journey of covenant making and keeping. It is all worth it. The best part is when the family is sealed in the temple for time and for all eternity.

  • Kenngo1969 Tooele, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    Lily Munster: "Of course there is absolutely NO pressure regarding his job, is there?"

    Why would there be? Southern Utah University is a state institution of higher learning, so if there were a provable claim that its officials engaged in religious discrimination in the hiring (or firing) process, a U.S. court likely would find such action to be a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as a potential civil rights violation under U.S. federal law. Southern Utah University officials likely knew what they were getting when they hired Coach Lamb, so if religious differences weren't a factor when they hired him, I fail to see how they would become a factor in his keeping his job. Religion is irrelevant: he will be evaluated (as he should be) based on his performance as a football coach.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 11:57 p.m.

    I've known the man for years and had no idea he wasn't LDS. That's neither here nor there though. He is a great man, class act and an awesome coach. To turn the team around in such a short time is amazing. He has been a close friend since we both first came to SUU and I am glad to know him as a person as well as the best coach SUU has every seen. I'm surprised an Aggie said what he did. May be hope for them yet.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Aug. 20, 2014 7:23 p.m.

    For all of you offended at the comment about the "small" calling. Get a grip. I have spent many years in scouting, including as a scoutmaster and as a commissioner at the District level. I was not offended. Perhaps that designation is based on the average tenure of a scoutmaster along the Wasatch Range of being approx. 12-14 mos. Perhaps the constant turn-over in scouting is what the writer was referring to.

  • Friend of Blue Abingdon, VA
    Aug. 20, 2014 8:58 p.m.

    I don't understand all the sensitivity about referring to "other small callings". Read the article carefully...the author never uses that terminology. Please read what is written before allowing your insecurities to show.

  • TeamLaws Ventura, Ca (SoCal), CA
    Aug. 21, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Was this article edited or what? Will the light bulb "come on" in the Spirit World? Is baptism a HUGE commitment? Yes, probably no, YES!

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    Maclouie and several others, for the life of me I don't understand what you are trying to do here. Would you rake someone over the coals in the mission field or a neighborhood. Stop. You wouldn't have any baptisms if you did. This is a decent man and you are making him look like something else. We all have our agency and we have been told that all will have a chance in the hereafter. The General Authorities preach this over and over and over. Please -- you are making people think there is no hope and that is not true. We must all be careful not to judge people, even using scriptures. It kind of puts one up on a pedestal and that just is not true. I appreciate that the coach is being such a great example to others. Good job coach!

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Sept. 18, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    I don't understand. Why not get baptized, at this point, after so much time involved with the Church, and with so much of his family already in it? What is stopping him? A lack of desire to be with his family for eternity? Fear of making covenants that he won't be able to keep? Word of Wisdom issues? I don't get it.

    Investigating the Church is a process that can really only lead in two directions: either a person gets baptized, or they drop the missionaries and move on with their lives. Normally this process only takes a few months at the most. 22 years? Something is going on there.