Note: Originally published as “76-year-old LDS pickleball champion shares the most important things in life: faith, family” on January 12, 2017, by Kelsey Schwab Adams, For the Deseret News.
“That’s kind of the way we have always been. The gospel just comes first in our lives. That’s all there is to it.”
As a student at Brigham Young University, Dick Johnson was invited to play tennis. Shortly after this invitation, he was called to serve in the bishopric of his ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Although tennis was a passion and a talent, he gave up playing collegiately to devote his time to school and his church calling.
Now 76, Johnson still has never regretted that decision.
Featured Photo: Boise native Dick Johnson, 76, has won 18 medals in the past seven consecutive national and international pickleball tournaments. Provided by Lawana Johnson