This rugby prodigy who is already a professional athlete is preparing to leave seven figures on the table to go serve a mission. That is a greater sacrifice than most make.
This kid is putting his money where his mouth is so there is no way not to respect that. Still, is there anything doctrinal or scriptural that makes the opportunity to do missionary work for two years as a young man unique? Better than another time of life? The window any athlete has is small and can close in a hurry. Missionary work, while very important to a faithful member, can be done throughout one’s life can’t it?
Is a two-year mission at a young age deserving of being sacralized or should that just be reserved for the work in general? My mind respects this decision but in my gut I want to tell him he is making a mistake.