Kearns speedskater Jerica Tandiman says Mormon faith, family helped her achieve Olympic dream

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  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Feb. 16, 2018 12:30 a.m.

    Hello moresureword - Interesting you should raise that. In the largest and longest longitudinal university study of its kind, Mormons were the longest living and healthiest cohort overall and by far. We don't prove the scriptures by statistics, but my grandparents lived over 40% longer lives than their US peers and were very healthy all through it. It's not difficult to see.

  • Cav Pilot St George, UT
    Feb. 15, 2018 7:50 p.m.

    Mo...I can't help but ask. Do all of the members of your preferred flavor of Christianity practice their faith perfectly?
    In answer to your question, yes, those who do strive to live the Word of Wisdom as perfectly as they can (not just avoiding coffee, alcohol and tobacco), actually living all of it, do fare far better than most people when it comes to their health. but surprisingly enough, God does not remove the challenges from their lives, they still catch colds, get cancer, and grow old and die.

  • NORCALUTE Modesto, CA
    Feb. 14, 2018 12:05 p.m.

    Good luck! All the Mo's worldwide will be cheering for you!

  • moresureword Maple Grove, MN
    Feb. 14, 2018 9:28 a.m.

    “Just following the Word of Wisdom makes it easier to set standards for myself with dieting and following a nutrition plan,” she said. “I’m just used to that.”

    What does it truly mean to "follow the Word of Wisdom"? A BYU study showed that Utah members of the LDS Church are 34% more likely to be overweight than members of other religions.

    Do they eat meat "sparingly" and "only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine"? Do they eat too many grains, including "wheat for man"? Do they truly have "health in their navel and marrow to their bones"? Do they truly "run and not be weary, and ... walk and not faint"? Will "the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them"?

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 8:45 p.m.

    Good luck!! All Utah is cheering for you!!

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 7:54 p.m.

    Good luck to Jerica!! Knowing their parents since before they were married, neither seemed the super athletic type. It is amazing to me that they have an Olympian as a child!!! Anything is possible!!!