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Committee’s Message – O Youth of the Noble Birthright!
The Payson Temple Cultural Celebration Committee was called by inspired Priesthood leaders to organize and produce a youth celebration event to commemorate the dedication of the new Payson Temple. An important charge to the committee by the general leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was to plan our work with the goal of involving every young member of the Church living within the Temple District age 12 to 18 plus any of their non-member friends who wish to participate. If we are to meet the goal our leadership has set for us, we must attract some 13,000 young people to participate. This aspiration has been the guiding principle in our work.
A less specific goal required of our committee is to depict in the celebration something of the geography, history, and culture of the Payson Temple District. We have struggled many hours in this task weighing how best to involve large numbers of youth while depicting the character of the land the House of the Lord will serve. As we have prayed for inspiration and collaborated together, feelings and ideas have led us to a plan.
Our performance venue will be the Lavell Edwards Stadium at Brigham Young University. The facility allows us the space to draw upon the talents of our youth to depict important ideas through music, dance, and spectacle. The stadium is equipped with a massive video display to employ in our story telling. In fact, it is with video on that monitor, accompanied by music and narration, that we intend to describe the land, history, and people who make up the temple district. On the stadium playing field, we intend to have our youth present a representation of our current culture. We will employ fun and modern music that will attract the youth. Our celebration strives to represent the outdoor activities our youth participate in; the spiritual lessons they learn at home, at church and at seminary; and the knowledge that their struggles are known in Heaven and can be overcome through temple worship. We will honor our Father in Heaven in this celebration. We invite ALL age eligible youth to participate. As we come together in this effort we will witness miracles.
The Payson Temple Cultural Committee
Payson Utah Temple Cultural Celebration will be held on June 6th, 2015 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo,Utah