Coach Jackson - that's an awesome story!I've always like
A&M, now I have another reason to like them even more.Go Aggies
Great story.... Will cheer for you Coach Jackson!
God's interest in this earth tends to focus on football this time of year.
Wonderful story. This is pure selfishness on my part, but as his career
develops, I'd like to see him one day coaching at one of our Utah schools.
Just think what a great story this will be when the Cougars and the Aggies face
off for the national championship! (Sorry. I just had to say that!)
A lot of lifetime Latter-day Saints would do well to have his attitude about
conversion. Let's hope this story gets widespread circulation.
Wonderful conversion story. Note that Jackson felt welcomed and accepted in
multiple congregations but was apparently not pressured or compelled to move
forward toward baptism before he was ready to do so. The narrative describing
Jackson's conversion is well done, but Jackson's words are far more
moving. I hope none are dissuaded by those who see only football in the story.
Jackson's life is about far more than football.
article really blindsided me. not what i expected to readi
don't think i have many talents, but one i believe is mine is to read an
honest statement and believe honest and truthful words. thank for awakening me
againcontinuous conversion. i've read it from a man who lives
it. i believe it but i'm not so good at practicing it. i know what
i'm supposed to do, but i'm lazy: read the scriptures, pray and do and
be where i am supposed to. thanks for telling me again
Great story. Too bad his life lessons didn't sink in with Johnny Football.
Oh well.C.A. reader, I assume you mean the Houston Cougars? That
would be cool, to have two of Jackson's schools playing for the national
Let's not be so hasty in judging "Johnny Football". He is still
very young. Miracles happen!
@Lew Scannon. Like he said in the article some people move towards God at a
sprint, some at a crawl. Some even face away from God for a time. But perhaps
"Johnny Football" will one day settle down and remember some of the
lessons that Bro Jackson taught him without even realizing it.
Those who coach youth, even adults need to be role models. Sport coaches should
be those who emphasize those things spoke of in this article. Wouldn't
sport be so much better if all coaches thought this way, or close to it?“I get to lead boys and teach them how to be men. Now I know what
I was sent here for,” Jackson said. “I have a strong presence with
some of the hardest young men, and I feel I was sent here to help those young
men find their way in life and understand what the meaning of this life
is.”Then he backs up this statement by serving in his church
and community. Great example for all coaches and future coaches alike.
Dear Brother Jackson,Your story has lifted me up and inspired me. I
know that sweet feeling that you described as you entered the meeting houses and
when the missionaries came to your door. You see, my conversion story is a long
one. It is one that the missionaries used to teach others with and one, that
when I shared it in Sacrament, I had many people, including Stake Presidents,
ask me to write down for them, and I saw them sharing it. You see, I came to
earth with memories of living in Heaven. I remember Heavenly Father, and I
remember Jesus Christ. I even knew that I had a Heavenly Mother before the
missionaries told me. That feeling that you feel is one that comes from Heavenly
Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost, and it fills every space in Heaven, along
with every place on Earth that welcomes all three of Them. If you allow it, it
can chase away all of the bad things in your life. Every time that you have a
negative thought, think three positive ones, and evil will flee. Heavenly Father
told me that.
Jay Omer, BYU's current strength and conditioning coach, is retiring after
this year. Can we get Coach Jackson to come to BYU? It would be awesome!
Great article. Brother Jackson--thanks for sharing your story! Never had a
reason to root for an SEC team. Maybe now I do!
I would love to have Bro. Jackson come to BYU to replace a retiring Jay Olmer.
However I love Bro. Jackson serving young men in the SEC just as much. Besides
he monetarily he probably makes as much as Bronco Mendenhall does.Either way I loved his sensitivity to the spirit. Some people wouldn't
recognize the spirit if it was dumped in their lap from a dump truck.
I am another Latter-day Saint who used to be a Baptist -- and I served my
freshman year in Company I-1 of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets ...
“Conversion is every day. I just want to make sure that I'm going in
the right direction whether one day I feel like sprinting or walking or
crawling." I like that! I was a crawler.
Great story about a great man. God bless you Bro Jackson, hope you enjoy a lot
Oh great, just great. Now I have to cheer for TAMU? Dang.. when will it all end?
BYU, Utah, Navy, TAMU, so many teams....
What great words of advice: Conversion is every day event. I love the
phrase,"sometimes we crawl, walk, and sprint towards Heavenly Father."
What great words of wisdom to remember everyday. Thank you for your conversion
story...I am so glad I read this article.
RE: Signs of a Christian experience(conversion) of unity love and devotion is
qualified by an awareness of a great gulf between sinful creatures and an
absolute Holy being. i.e.. Is 6:5 Woe is me! ..for I am a man of unclean
lips(sinner). A higher devotion for Jesus and a thirst for the Bible. J Edwards
.Amazing Grace God saved a wretch like me.
Great story! I love hearing great conversion stories like this. Go Aggies!
Great story. Thanks for introducing us to the mountain behind the hill.
Now I'm fantasizing for BYU:HC- Ken NiumataloloDC- Bronco
MendenhallOC- ...........(Robert Anae).....Strength &
Conditioning- Larry Jackson (I'm betting our linemen would end up stronger,
faster and lighter)Where's my magic wand?????