Philip Crane is the sports activities manager at BYU-Idaho he has had many experiences with sports and spirituality that seem to relate to one another and strengthen his faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Teamwork, setting and achieving goals, leadership, hard work, grit, valor, learning from mistakes, successes, not giving up, and enduring to the end are just a few characteristics that can be learned and developed in sports and the gospel. I can honestly say that my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was gained, developed, and strengthened on a baseball diamond, a football field, a basketball court, and a track,” Crane said in his devotional address.

Crane has spent a lot of time in the world of sports and even lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track when he was in high school. While he likes to relate sports to the gospel, he knows other interests have strong gospel connections.

“I’m a firm believer that no matter what you like or what your interests are, you can relate it to the gospel,” Crane said in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio.

Crane said it’s important to learn from our mistakes and try our best to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

“Above all just don’t give up. Don’t give up on yourself, don’t give up on God. Get up and win the race,” Crane said.