Curtis Brown Baptism Testimony of Faith for Family

My son <b>Curtis Brown</b>, a running back on the BYU football team, was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last Saturday in Provo. His father, brother, sister and I are not LDS members, but we were thrilled with his decision and would not have missed it for the world.

Though we have known about the service for some time, I kept it private because I wanted Curtis to feel free to make this personal decision of his own volition and without fear of disappointing anyone – if he changed his mind or failed to go through with it.

Speaking for myself -- and I do believe that my son, Curtis Brown, will speak for himself at some point in the near future -- I can honestly say I saw it coming for some time and was not too surprised.

As I have shared with readers before, I have witnessed and marvelled at the growth and maturity in my son since he has been at BYU. As parents, how can we not be proud and supportive when our adult child chooses to accept God as his Savior and commits to live his life in accordance with God's word.

While I am proud of my son and am happy so many have come to know him as I do, I would have been proud to be the parent of any of the young people who participated in the baptismal ceremony – or those in attendance, for that matter.

I truly appreciate the love and support my son has received from so many in the BYU community. Be assured as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Gospel is moving forward at BYU and lives are being changed, one at a time.

I would personally like to thank Matt Berry, a BYU quarterback, and George Curtis, the BYU trainer, for the spiritual guidance they provided Curtis and being there for him on a daily basis.

In addition, I would like to thank the many BYU coaches, athletic department staff members, his teammates and friends who led by example and were such a positive influence in my son's life. As parents, we are ever mindful that our actions speak louder than words.

As we were so eloquently reminded on Saturday, members of the Church are not perfect and will, from time to time, make mistakes. What is important is they strive to live their lives every day in accordance with the covenants they have made with God, and if we make mistakes, there is a means by which we can seek redemption.

Since our affiliation with this unique and special university, the BYU coaches and supporting staff have done nothing but conduct themselves with integrity and dignity. For that, we are forever grateful. The male athletes at BYU are blessed to have them as role models since they are our future fathers, husbands, church leaders, community activists, etc.

Thank you Bishop Edgely, a member of the LDS Church's Presiding Bishopric, for taking time out from your busy schedule to participate at this joyous occasion. How profound your words were when you assured Curtis that, as the newest member of the Church, that it is as much his to claim as it is yours.

I would also like to acknowledge the young people who participated in the service: Elder Walker and Elder Keller presided over the service; Matt Berry performed the baptism; Joe Snow, Kellen Fowler and Andre Bennin offered prayers; Bryce Mahuika spoke about Baptism; and Spencer White who spoke about receiving the Holy Ghost.

And to the more than 150 people in attendance, I extend my heartfelt appreciation.

It is truly refreshing to know these young men and women who rarely, if ever, receive positive media attention represent the future of BYU, the Church, future husbands, wives, parents, teachers, and community leaders.

When Curtis told us he wanted to be baptized into the LDS Church, I never once felt that I was losing a son, but gaining a whole new family. This fact has been amplified in my mind, and with members of my family, over and over since Saturday. Thank you all for the kind words and best wishes. I will be sure to pass them along to Curtis.

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