Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium

Elliot has always been a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, resisting his father's efforts to make him a fan of the rival San Francisco Giants, the current world champions.  So, if Elliot were not currently in Wichita Falls, he undoubtedly would have been at Dodger Stadium a week ago for Mormon Night.  More than 4,000 members of the Church attended the game, which did not go so well for the Dodgers, who lost 7-2 to the Washington Nationals.  But the Church-related activities were terrific.  According to the Deseret News,
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve was on hand for the evening and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Joshua Creek, an LDS recording group, sang the national anthem, as well as “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.
The Dodgers also invited a number of Primary-age children and other adults to join them on the field prior to the game. The children were then invited to “take the field” with the Dodger players as they took their positions at the beginning of the game. Each child was given a baseball that the player had signed.
Sounds like it was a great event.  And on a personal note for Elliot, Elder Jerry Garns, an Area Seventy who is a member of our ward and our former stake president, caught the first pitch from Elder Cook.
Elder Jerryl Garns, an Area Seventy who caught the first pitch, also expressed his pleasure with the evening, noting that several of the members had used Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium as a friendshipping opportunity.

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