Latter-day Saint Life

140+ Returned Mormon Missionaries Playing College Football This Year


Did you know there are nearly 150 returned missionaries playing college football across the United States?

After months of indecision and feeling like his prayers were going unanswered, Kekoa Nawahine had decided not to serve a Mormon mission.

The athlete from Meridian, Idaho, was going to stay and play football at Boise State, fulfilling the dreams of his youth.

Even so, he uttered one last petition to the Lord, and what happened next led him to a different destination — Calgary, Alberta, Canada — for the next two years.

Looking back, Nawahine has no regrets about serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"It all worked out," Nawahine said. "To be able to play the game I love and still be able to have the experience of going on a mission and building a relationship (with the Lord) that I never would have been able to build otherwise, it affects every aspect of my life, the way I do things and the decisions I make."

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