We were privileged to hear from both of Bronco's parents. His mother also comes from a strong church background. Her father was John Henry Vandenberg, 9th Presiding Bishop of the Church from 1961-1972. He also served as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and was a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Bronco was an amazing speaker, who had the rapt attention of everyone in attendance, especially the youth. He talked about the values and standards he has for the BYU football team and brought with him a large white flag with a blue "Y" on it, which is carried onto the field during BYU home games. He invited everyone who was willing to stand for the values we hold dear to sign this flag, which would be waved and carried in front of the 60,000+ plus fans who come to Lavell Edwards Stadium to watch the Cougars play. Of course, Elder Farnes and I added our signatures.
After the fireside, Elder Farnes and I were invited to join with a few dignitaries in having a small supper with Bronco in the high council room, and that was a real treat. There were only about 10 of us there, so we were able to visit with the Mendenhalls on a one-on-one basis. Elder Farnes got to spend about 15 minutes talking with Bronco. Naturally, we got pictures of this great evening.
And then to our surprise, we found out that Bronco was speaking to us again the next morning at a missionaries-only meeting, which was attended by the 18 missionaries in our zone. What a great experience! Bronco talked about what it takes to have a perfect missionary day, and we could sure picture that he'd make a great mission president in the future.
Bronco with the "youth" surrounding him.
Bronco with his father, Patriarch Paul Mendenhall
Bronco with two of his best fans!