7 Mormon leaders who have thrown ceremonial first pitches

Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 8:11 p.m. MDT

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Brian Palmer, LDS Church News
Elder L. Tom Perry threw the ceremonial first pitch before a Boston Red Sox game May 8, 2004, for LDS Day.

About 2,000 members of the LDS Church attended the event, along with seven of Elder Perry's grandchildren and two of his children, according to an LDS Church News article.

"It was one of those magic-moment experiences that you don't think you'll ever have," Elder Perry told the LDS Church News.

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Surfs Up
Huntington Beach, CA

Well Done!!

MapleDon
Springville, UT

You failed to mention that in 1978, Elder Paul Dunn threw out the ceremonial "first pitch" in the season home opener for the Atlanta Braves.

Mack2828
Ft Thomas, KY

Not sure exactly why, but for some reason this just doesn't seem right to me. It just has such a worldly feel to it.

NorthOfHere
Rexburg, ID

I don't feel like this feels worldly at all. To me this feels like a chance for the world to see the LDS leaders are normal, real people who lead faithful lives. This has probably started more than one conversation from someone who truly has questions regarding the LDS faith. I think its awesome.

BYU Joe
MISSION VIEJO, CA

I saw Paul Dunn do it at a Padres Game in the late 80's or early 90's.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

Didn't know they played baseball in Germany?

Jambo Dave
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

My wife threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium in June of 1990. She is President of our Primary.

PWayne
Laguna Beach, CA

I know he has passed away, but Elder Paul H. Dunn has probably thrown out more '1st pitches' than any other General Authority in history. From 1969 thru 1971 I served under President Dunn as a missionary. Brother Harmon Killebrew was a star with the Minnesota Twins and every time the Twins would come to Fenway Park he would invite President Dunn into their locker room to share a spiritual message with his teammates. President Dunn would always use his life experiences in helping those young ball players to become better men, better husbands, and better fathers. I wish all could see when a locker room full of ball players stand and give a standing ovation with tears streaming down their faces in gratitude for a man who never lost his 'zest' for saving souls. I know because he still impacts my life every day.
I'm glad the tradition carries on today.

ssr14
USA, UT

I think this is cool. I wonder how this whole "Mormon Night" event started, and if all the general authorities who have participated are really Dodgers fun. Can we start a SF Giant Mormon Night too? :)Not that I really care about baseball, I just think it would draw a lot of attention to the church too.

UT Brit
London, England

@PWayne

I dont think the church likes to talk about Elder Dunn much anymore. He lied about some of his "life experiences" which led to his punishment from the church leaders.

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