It was a joyful meeting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here in Ilford, East London, not far from the site of the London Olympics. There were a couple of people visiting from America today, Brother Petersen and Brother Larsson, who is here to cheer his daughter in the Breast Stroke event in Swimming.
How are the competitors selected for the Olympics? Brother Larsson was the best to answer this.
"Sportsmen and women are selected by time and distance, and two are selected from the whole country, the ones with the best time over a distance. " The competitition is very intense.Two out of a population of over 330 million for each event at the Olympics.
Brother Sam Siddiqui, who was taking the class, mentioned the qualities that had produced winners.
The Gold Medalist Jessica Ennis, 2 training sessions 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. For over four years since she missed her chance at the Beijing Games. Hard work, and an innate faith that she could reach here, a faith in the things thought of, of things not yet seen.
Yes, I have seen atheletes training in the rain or on cold days, running round a track, alone, no-body to cheer them or keep them company, just sheer dogged determination to keep going, and after a long hard battle to beat the time-piece, the magic moment when it all comes together : Winner! A blaze of glory that the dream has come true.
The innate faith that you can achieve your goals, a faith in the things dreamt of, of things not yet seen.
Strangely, those words are from the Bible, and are too quoted in the authobiography of Henry Ford.
Such inspiration is bound to produce winners.