Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Gilbert Temple Cultural Celebration

During the past few months, I have had the amazing opportunity to help the youth in our area prepare for an event celebrating Arizona culture and the opening of the new Gilbert, Arizona temple. We learned songs and dances in smaller groups and then came together for the big show on Saturday.

The forecast had been predicting rain all week (which we haven't had in MONTHS) so we were a little nervous.  The weather was bipolar all day: sunny, cloudy, drizzling, windy but not much rain. However, about 30 minutes before the show was going to start, it started pouring. The kids were incredible and performed their very best despite being soaked, freezing and muddy. The Spirit was so strong and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it.

These pictures are from the dress rehearsal. I didn't want to pull my camera out in the rain.

A sunscreen assembly line. I managed to get a little sunburned and completely sopping wet all in a few hours.

I've grown to love these kids. I hope they know how lucky they are to have participated in this event.

There were about 12,000 youth participating in the show. When they were all out on the field, it was truly awe inspiring.

My favorite part of the show was when all 12,000 kids were on the field holding up their Titles of Liberty. They had each written down what they stand for and how they will live their lives to get to the temple one day. To see them all standing there holding their flags was incredible.

You can watch the event at: http://vimeo.com/87972564

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