When Garett Tujague was baptized in September, Ty Detmer stood up for him — he stood in the circle of Melchizedek Priesthood holders when he was confirmed on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The two spoke of their diverse paths to conversion during a recent telephone conference call with the Church News.
Brother Tujague of the Castaic Ward, Valencia California Stake, continues to enjoy football as head coach of the successful program at College of the Canyons in Valencia.
A native of northern California, he said he knew a lot of Latter-day Saint people growing up and saw a lot of friends go on missions. But he was happy and active in another faith.
As he was recruited to play football by several colleges, he said he was looking for "the typical college life of partying." But as he visited some schools on recruiting trips, he felt that "everything was so fake and so phony."
BYU was a late entry in the recruiting battle, but he made a visit.
"I walked on campus and it was unbelievable to me. … It was a great, clean environment," he said.