Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The One True-to-Real-Life Story Behind the Soldier Actor in BYU-Idaho's Wounded Soldier PSA



by Seattle Jon:

Note: BYU-Idaho's Housing and Student Living Office recently made an inspiring PSA. The video overlaps imagery of a wounded soldier with President Kim B. Clark's words encouraging his students to turn in reach out to those who struggle with pornography and masturbation. For the first time in print, MMM exclusively presents the backstory of the PSA's main actor, a BYU-I student named O.N. Pecks. As you will read, some months prior to the release of the video Brother Pecks spoke with his agent. The report then brings us to the two weeks after the PSA aired.

Six months before PSA airs

Actor (answers phone): Hello?
Agent: Hey, you got a second?
Actor (shuts computer on which he was viewing porn): Sure, what's up?
Agent: Your scenes from Saints and Soldiers 3 were cut in post-production.
Actor: Ah man, are you serious? That was some of my best work.
Agent: Yeah, I thought so too. Which is why I shopped your scenes. Turns out BYU-Idaho wants to use them for a student housing PSA. How does $500 cash grab ya?
Actor: Seriously! Are you for real?! Just yesterday I was down to my last $20 with two weeks still to go in the month, but chose to pay tithing instead of eating knowing something like this would probably happen.

Two weeks after PSA airs

Actor's Friend: Thanks a lot man, my roommate turned me into my bishop after watching your PSA.
Actor: That sucks. Want to see Saints and Soldiers 3 tonight at the dollar theater?



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Seattle Jon is a family man, little league coach, urban farmer and businessman living in Seattle. He currently gets up early with the markets to trade bonds for a living. In his spare time he enjoys movies, thrifting and is an avid reader. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Japan Fukuoka mission field. He has one wife, four kids and three chickens.
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