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A tie to the World Series

Hearing the crack of the bat when it makes contact with a 90-plus mph fastball is a sound all too familiar to this 7x All-Star.

Anyone who knows baseball has heard the name Bryce Harper. The two-time MVP has made noise in baseball ever since being drafted number one overall by the Washington Nationals in 2010.

Coming off an impressive NLCS series against the San Diego Padres, where the Philidelphia Phillies won 4-1, Harper was awarded the MVP award for his seven home runs which propelled the Phillies to a spot in the coveted World Series.

His notoriety and fame are no doubt known throughout baseball, but for another group of people, he is known for something else.

Bryce Harper grew up a baseball player, for sure, but another title belongs to him as well, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Harper has shared his faith through social media and other outlets over the years.

While with the Washington Nationals, Harper and his wife Kayla visited with general authorities in Salt Lake City, which included Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and President Russell M. Nelson.

In an Instagram post about the experience, Harper shared his testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ and his admiration of the prophet.

“President Nelson had me in shock,” said Harper. “By the end (of the meeting) I couldn’t help but think (that) when this man talks it is truth. It is the word of God & everything I want to be a part of.”

Harper went on to explain how being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ has impacted his life.

“In my life I’ve had many accolades and have won many awards which have been amazing, but nothing has (given) me more happiness than marrying my wife in the temple and giving my life to my Savior Jesus Christ.”

With over 100,000 likes and 1,300 comments on just that post alone, it’s safe to say that Harper has both inspired and influenced members of the Church all over the globe.

So, that begs the question, does that influence whether people, specifically Latter-day Saints, will watch the World Series?

“I’m proud of him and his voice in the Church,” said Ellie Angus, a sophomore studying construction management.

Playing under the lights, on the biggest stage in baseball is not something that Harper is unfamiliar with. While with the Washington Nationals, Harper led the team to a World Series victory over the Houston Astros.

But that was then.

Now, Harper takes his shot at capturing another championship and bringing the Commissioner’s Trophy to the city of Philidelphia. The Phillies have a steep mountain to climb, as they face the same team Harper beat with the Nationals back in 2018.

Harper and the Phillies start their journey tonight as game one against the Astros will begin at 6:07 p.m. MST.


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