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Eric Weddle was baptized while playing for Utah?




Eric Weddle LDSEric Weddle, starting safety for the San Diego Chargers, grew up in Alta Loma, California. He went to Alta Loma High School and was first introduced to the LDS Church by a girl he dated his junior year. Weddle said he was very impressed with her and her family. She was a year older than him and when she left for college the next year, they broke things off.


The next major exposure Weddle had to a member was when coach Kyle Whittingham came to his house to recruit him. Both Eric and his parents were very impressed with coach Whit and this influenced his decision to attend Utah.


During Weddle's first year with Utah he felt like he didn't have any direction in his life, but he was intrigued by players like Morgan Scalley who had such a positive attitude and seemed to have direction.


Teammate Spence Toone invited Weddle over to his house for dinner and also had the LDS missionaries join them. Eric listened to their message and later prayed about it. To Toone's surprise, Weddle called him and said he wanted to join the Church. He was baptized about five months later on June 24, 2004.


After joining the Church, Weddle reunited with his high school girlfriend and they were married in the San Diego LDS Temple on July 22, 2005.


While attending the University of Utah, Weddle would often participate with Kyle Whittingham and other players in LDS firesides and relate his conversion story.


"When I was taking the discussions, I never really remembered what was being taught," Weddle recalled, "but I remembered the feeling I felt while they were teaching me. It was a calm, reassuring feeling that what they were saying was the truth.


"One of things I really loved about the Church," said Weddle, "was the fact that families can be together forever. It really hit me that one day, when I have a family, no matter what happens, as long as we keep our covenants and stay true to the gospel, we can be together forever." Quote from Meridian Magazine article



Additional sources: Deseret News, utefans.net