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Published: Wednesday, April 20 2011 5:30 a.m. MDT

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brookings, SD

What's next? Baptist bingo night in Atlanta? No prizes awarded? NBA is playing with fire on this. Playing with fire. People go to ball games for... ball games.

Oh what is next?

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

gentile, It's funny it bothers you. Makes me laugh.

Jody Genessy


If that bothers you - and I'm not sure why it would - but your blood might really boil when you find out that both Oklahoma City and New Orleans have pregame prayers in the arena prior to the national anthem and tipoff.

What's next in this country, putting a phrase like "In God We Trust" on our money or something!?

P.S. The missionary choir knocked the crowd's socks off. They were good. Really good. And the arena exploded in applause when they finished. It was nice, patriotic moment.


Montesano, WA

It is so funny to see how some people get so up set over something they want no part of. When all they have to do is understand that events like the NBA or any other sporting event does not constitute seperation of chruch and state. this is showing the exersize of the first addmendment. Which lets people do these wondefull things. It is time we the majority stand up and not be ashamed. An when I say us the majority it I speak of all Christan's of all chruchs.

Boise, ID

Great event, great story!

Maricopa, AZ

For anyone concerned about what this world may be coming to, like having LDS missionaries sing at an NBA game, you may try getting out to any profesional sporting event.
Or you may just try getting out into the public realm from time to time.

They have 6 year old kids on up to 99 year old grandmas sing and every imaginable group and organization sing, including other religeous groups.
It's called respect and tolerance for all walks of life.

What's next, people from SD blogging on a fun Deseret News article?

Cedar City, Ut

The LA Dodgers have Mormon night, and its always a big hit every year. Its not playing with fire Gentile, its smart and draws crowds to major league sports.

Ogden, UT

Boston Celtics have had a Mormon night for some years now (Usually when the Jazz come to town).

Wally West

Does it mean The Spurs should be the preferred team of every member? ROFL.

Shelley, ID

gentile is right - this is an infringement of separation of church and sports. :)

hymn to the silent
Holladay, UT

Well, it could've been Roseanne Barr...then the whole place would have been praying for it to end.

Shelley, ID

I think that the audience had the final say.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

Gentile -- It would have really been fun if they had sung the next verse:
" Oh thus be it ever when free men shall stand between their loved homes
and the wars desolation.
Blessed with victory and peace may the HEAVENS rescued land
Praise the POWER that has Made and Presereved us a Nation."

I love the power of good music.

Altamont, UT

Great article, funny comments...what's not to like?

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

What a great way to raise the profile of the Church in a positive way, both the family history part and the missionaries singing the national anthem. Truly inspired leaders that arranged for this to happen and great young people who pulled it off.

Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think you're allowed to sing the 3rd verse of the star spangeled banner at public events.

The Spurs run a classy organization...I've thought that for years, and I've never minded seeing them hoist the trophy at the end of the year (it feels good to see a classy organization succeed).

Gentile...clearly you've never lived in Texas. Keep in mind that this is the state in which the state legislature voted unanimously in 2007 to paint the words "In God We Trust" above the House and Senate chamber rostrums.

And don't mess with Bapist Bingo night in Atlanta. You will only get hurt...

Tyler, TX

I am certain the music was inspiring. I am reminded however that in general, missionaries are not allowed to watch television, listen to the radio, attend movies, or read the newspaper. Their music listening options are generally limited by their missions guidelines to hymns, and their reading materials to scriptures and a very small handful of church-approved publications, all this in an effort to keep from being distracted by the images and messages of the world.

So my question simply is this-- while at the game, did the missionaries get to watch the San Antonio 'Silver Dancers'?

Mormon Night at sports events is a non-issue. What troubles me deeply is that a mission is the last place an LDS young man should be exposed to a Las Vegas-styled dance show.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT


Great comment. Certainly if the missionaries were outside walking the streets of San Antonio like they normally do they woudlnt have come across any women exposing anything from the neck to the ankles either right?

We should recommend to church leaders that to avoid anything evil these missionaries spend 2 years inside an apartment with no windows and not leaving their apartment for any reason.

This is the best way to avoid seeing something maybe they dont want to. This would also avoid hearing any bad words that they likely heard while at the game too.

This will also make where missions are served not as big of a deal, since they'll be staying inside the apartment for the full 2 years also.

I look forward to more of your great ideas CJR. Thank you.

West Jordan, UT

Great story. I remember my missionary days in Australia back when the Jazz were in the finals in 97. Some nice members knew how much I loved the Jazz and would invite us over and conviently have the Jazz game on in the back ground. They didnt even care if I watched. :]

As a missionary sometimes you just gotta free your mind. Being able to actually go to a Jazz game while on my mission would have been incredible. (and basically impossible, but you know what I mean) Congratulations to all these missionaries!

Tyler, TX

Ted H,

If that's your extrapolation, then you too clearly miss the point. It's one thing to work and minister in the world, it's completely another to invite it into your living room.

The underlying purpose of a mission isn't to provide young men and young women the opportunity to be exposed to the sights and sounds of the world, that's a study abroad program they can pursue in college. A mission is a ministry which requires not only selfless service, but leaving behind the things of the world.

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

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