|By David Winters
(NORCROSS, GEORGIA) -- November 24, 2003
Travis Hansen, the Atlanta Hawks
rookie, is a proven basketball player.
He was the top scorer and the leader in the number of
blocked shots last year on the BYU basketball team.
This past spring he was selected 37th
overall in the NBA draft.
On Sunday evening, the 6’ 6” 210 pound
guard/forward scored points with the Latter-day Saints youth
of the Roswell Stake, as he spoke to them in a fireside
sponsored by the Peachtree Corners Ward.
Travis spoke on setting goals and
choosing to have a positive attitude.
He was accompanied by his wife, LaRee, and their
ten-month-old son, Ryder.
“We need to decide what’s important
in our lives and set goals to achieve them,” Travis told
the roughly 200 youth. “Heavenly
Father loves us. He
has given us gifts and talents.
He wants us to grow and develop those talents.
We do that by setting goals.”
Travis knows much about setting goals.
As a youth, his dad helped him become more
disciplined in setting goals.
One summer, he had a goal to make 500 basketball
goals each day. He
wouldn’t quit practicing shooting until he reached his
goal, which often took hours to do.
Travis quoted President Ezra Taft
Benson: “Every accountable child of God needs to set
goals, short- and long-range goals. A man who is pressing
forward to accomplish worthy goals can soon put despondency
under his feet, and once a goal is accomplished, others can
be set up. Some will be continuing goals. Each week when we
partake of the sacrament we commit ourselves to the goals of
taking upon ourselves the name of Christ, of always
remembering him and keeping his commandments. Of Jesus’
preparation for his mission, the scripture states that he
“increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God
and man.” (Luke 2:52.) This
encompasses four main areas for goals: spiritual, mental,
physical, and social. “Therefore, what manner of men ought
ye to be?” asked the Master, and he answered, “Verily I
say unto you, even as I am.” (3 Ne. 27:27.)
Now there is a lifetime goal -- to walk in his steps, to
perfect ourselves in every virtue as he has done, to seek
his face, and to work to make our calling and election
Taft Benson, “Do Not Despair,” Ensign, Nov. 1974, 65.)
“How do we set goals?” Travis
must write them down, otherwise they aren’t goals at all.
Secondly, they need to be your goals – not those of
your parents, teachers or friends.
Lastly, you need to write down those objectives that
will help you achieve your goals.”
Ryder, and Travis Hansen
He challenged the youth to have good
long and short-term goals.
“Every young man should have a goal to serve a
here should have a goal to read scriptures every day.
Everyone here should have a goal to be married in the
temple. All of
us should have a lifetime goal to become more and more like
our Heavenly Father.”
“Life is all about choices.
You choose to be in a good mood, or you choose to be
in a bad mood. Either
way, it’s your choice,” Travis counseled the youth.
Travis also spoke of the influence of his mother on his
life. “One day
after coming home from college classes my first year of
college, my mother complained of a pain in her lower back.
Two months later she was diagnosed with pancreatic
doctor told her that she only had thirty days to live.
She ended up living three months.
But as she was dying of cancer, my mom said, ‘You
need to go on a mission, Travis.’
It made a tremendous impact on me.
I served a two-year mission in
. It was the
best thing I could have ever done.”
Travis closed by admonishing the youth to use their
time wisely. “Wake
up early and read your scriptures.
Set goals and work to achieve them – whether
they’re goals in music, school or sports.
If you want something bad enough, you’ll get it if
you set a goal and then do the necessary work to obtain it.
I love this Church.
I love the Book of Mormon.
I love the youth.”