Ricardo Francisco Rojas Trujillo is a retired Chilean football player who was centre back for, most recently, Colo-Colo in the Liga Chilena de Fútbol: Primera Division and Deportes La Serena. He began playing professionally in 1990 for Deportes La Serena. Including local and national teams, he played more than 200 games with the Mexican club Club América.
- We know Church members and priesthood holders who have experienced success at the highest levels of professional athletics. There are many good examples, but I can list only a few here for the sake of time. You might recognize some of these athletes: in baseball, Jeremy Guthrie and Bryce Harper; in basketball, Jabari Parker and Jimmer Fredette; in soccer, Ricardo Rojas; in rugby league, William Hopoate; and in football, Taysom Hill and Daniel Sorensen. Each has made significant contributions to his sport.
- While they are extremely successful in their sports, these athletes would be the first to admit they are not perfect athletes or perfect human beings. They work hard to be the best in their sport—and to live the gospel. They get up if they stumble, and they strive to endure to the end.
He later quoted Rojas as saying: “Through [God’s] priesthood [we] can help in His work. We are called to ‘be strong and of a good courage’ in defending the truth.”