I think it was great. A bunch of people standing together singing in the same
style as the Hymns (with none of the interesting choreography or the nice,
upbeat arrangement of the music) wouln't bring the spirit for me (in fact,
singing hymns usually makes me *not* feel the spirit as much - it's like
ice water thrown into that warm glowing campfire inside you). Other people,
including a close friend of mine at church, love singing the hymns in church,
and somehow they bring her peace and comfort. My point? Everyone is different.
It's true that this more likely to appeal to children, teens, and young
adults. Still, you have to respect the effort they gave. I knew lots of kids of
others faiths who would do stuff like this... after collecting a few thousand
dollars each from neighbors and friends to travel to some exotic locations and
perform for a week. These youth did the work just to share the production, not
to get a free vacation. I respect that, and the music was very nicely done (with
awesome choerography and a great arrangement). In short, my kudos to them!
To the critics - they were technically not on Temple Square. They were around
the reflecting pool outside the wall that surrounds Temple Square. And whether
it is called a flash mob or a production, it was an awesome youth activity. The
sight of these clean cut, cute kids having fun while declaring their faith in
the Savior was uplifting and made me smile.
WOW! The gospel is true and are youth are at the forefront. We need strong,
capable, youth who know who they are. . .What a wonderful presentation. I
cried with delight at theway they shared their testimonies and enthusiasm
for the gospel. The future missionaries!
I know it's an old post, but since it's a top comment:"This seems a bit distasteful. The temple grounds are not the place for a
song-and-dance show." -FredExApparently you've never been
to the Manti Pageant. ;-)
I have a hard time visualizing Jesus instigating a "flash mob" to
celebrate even His greatest achievement. Everything He did was for the
glorification of His Father. He simply went about doing good. When are we, as
members of the Church, going to learn that it's not about being seen. Had
each of those who participated celebrated their achievement by going out and
doing as the Savior did, their effort would have made the world a better place.
This life, this gospel, is not about the show. It's about the soul, ours
and others who may need our help.
People need to lighten up. These kids did a fun wholesome activity as a reward
for completing the Book of Mormon. This will be used as a great tool to use in
missionary work for young people.
Packs a punch like spiritual dynamite! Thanks to ALL who were involved in its
It could have used a little less "mob" and a little more
Becoming something good is better than good becoming something bad. Stand in
holy places and move so others will see your goodness. Great job youth of the
FYI: This same staging area was used in the 1960's, just prior to the
construction of the Church Office Building, for a production of "Promised
Valley". That sets a precedent that seems to negate those calling this
activity "distasteful". Incidentally, when the final notes were struck
on "Promised Valley," the temple lights were turned on, giving a
climatic effect to the entire production. A very memorable moment!
To those that said the performance was distasteful and embarrassing. Maybe you
would like to get off your, "holier than thou" pedestool. The
performance was beautiful and I felt the spirit.
Jesus loves All of You...It's not about a religion, solely about Him. He is
the fullness of the gosepl, He's our temple, when we except Him and are
born again, we have the fullness of God in us. Praise Him.
Fun video with a serious and inspirational message.I see no problem
with the D-News calling it a flashmob.I've seen MUCH MORE
orchestrated videos referred to as flashmobs, in particular, a Christmas Eve
video created at an airport in Canada - look it up on YouTube, it's great!
I thought it was really good! The youth did a fine job and regardless of whether
they were granted special permission to film and present this at the Temple
grounds, this was a very positive and uplifting presentation.
1) A loud 5 year old doesn't need a recommend to enter the temple, an adult
does.2) The Youth express their enthusiasm VERY differently than adults
do.3) They did it OUTSIDE the temple, not inside.4) The tabernacle
is just as far away and Song and Dance takes place there every day.5) They
didn't sing "Hit me baby, one more time".I watched the
video and didn't see people disrespecting the grounds around the Temple. If
people want to complain about this then I think we all need a thorough reminder
of item #1 on that list. These youth aren't 5 years old, but I doubt this
is hindering the work. If anything, with how people think today it's
probably helping it.
David danced. How is it a bad thing to do?I'm not LDS. Looks
the kids were showing off moves they learned on Sunday's during music part
of your service. They were singing about spending a few years working for their
church in a a few years. What is wrong with that? Perhaps they could have gone
in them building to pray, wait, most the building isn't accessible yet to
them. But they sure seem happy. Happy teens.
I loved it!!!! Great job!!!
I am one of the youth of the South Jordan River Stake. I am in this video
bearing my testimony. Some of you might think our performance was silly or
strange, but if that is what you think, you are missing the point. Our goal was
to share the message that we are all children of God. As youth, we will do what
is right and whatever else we can to bring others closer to the Savior. If you
happen to be confused about the actual making/purpose of this video, I suggest
you watch "The making of" on youtube. Thank you to all of those who
enjoyed what we had to share!
People, people.a fkash nib IS a small production. ther is choreography,
recording, lights sound, "stage" management, music, and it all has to
fall together to look spontaneous. If it looks spontaneous and surprises the
crowd then that is what a flashmob is. It would be impossible to just meet
somewhere and do a choreographed dance number without any coordination at all.
Thats what a flash mob is. picky picky
Fantastic! We LDS have always been a singing and dancing people, I believe
Heavenly Father probably enjoys watching a group of young people perform. This
was a great production to show the world we are a people that are happy and
secure in our religion and our belief in Christ and want to share it with the
world. We are that we might have joy, this was a show of great joy.
I wept as I watched this too! I am so amazed at the youth of today. The gospel
of Jesus Christ is full of joy and rejoicing and these youth portrayed that.
Thank you to all the youth, leaders and parents who made this possible. It made
I think it was wonderful. So much joy and energy. The testimonies were really
inspiring. I believe Brigham Young stated that even dancing was acceptable to
The Lord. The pioneers didn't just walk and walk they danced at the end of
the day. What better place to show the joy of The Lord than before his House,
The Temple. By the way, they danced in the Nauvoo Temple after hours of
performing ordinances for those heading west. That was Brother Brigham again. I
see no problem with a tasteful and well done performance by so many talented
young people on Temple Square. By the way, I'm just a bit over 65 years
It's things like this that scare people like Jabari Parker away from Utah.
Psalm 100 says, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the
Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing." It appears that
is just what these young people were doing.We should be thankful
they were engaged in a wholesome activity in which they could share time and joy
with other young people to proclaim their love for the gospel.How
can anyone who loves the Lord and the young people in the Church be embarrassed
by this? Perhaps certain people might want to re-examine their own lives and
learn to find more joy in themselves and others. After all, Adam fell that men
might be, and men are that they might have joy!
The LDS church will soon come out with a policy banning flash mob demos on any
church grounds unless it involves Donny and Marie
For whom was this done? what good came from this?As a nonbeliever,
you consider me "spiritually sick". Jesus said "They that are whole
have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:"This
"flash mob" was a heavy dose of ipecac syrup.
Man I thought they were just great! Wholesome, attractive, fun activity!
I'm pleased to be a member of the Church that produces such great young
people. They will change the world! Mr Bass why are you embarrassed? What
in the world could you be thinking? I've tweeted this and sent to my
grandchildren. I'm not embarrassed by wonderful, attractive young people
doing something fun and bearing their testimonies.
It's a latter day Road Show!
How does this event from April 2012 make the front page in a January 2013
Love it! My sister's family is in the Stake mentioned and the kids worked
their behinds off. It was a great learning and growing experience for the Youth
and the leaders too. I suggest watching all of the associated videos on You Tube
to see more. Yes, I agree that hearing impaired help would be fabulous - great
suggestion. So interesting to read the comments and the different
interpretations. We are all Heavenly Father's children. Personally for me
it is a great tool for some really great kids to share their testimonies of
Jesus Christ. Hope lots of people continue to enjoy it and the spirit of the
presentation!! Way to go South Jordan Stake Youth!!
Okay, JDL, I forgot for half a second there how sensitive Mormons are. Just to
be clear, I think the kids had a really cute performance, and it looks like they
had a lot of fun doing it. Good for them. I'm just saying its not a flash
mob. But you know, who cares what you call. No detraction or criticism meant at
all. So relax. If any of the kids are reading this: you guys did a
real good job. And good for you! It was fun to watch. Dream big dreams, and do
great things! You guys are part of a great generation. You will change the
world! Reader down south, really good idea, maybe someone will take
it and subtitle it.
Mark - It was the Deseret News that called this a flash mob, not the original
video creators.Great job to the youth who were involved!
I thought it was wonderful. I don't care how they did it, it was something
very unusual and different from the norm. Those kids did a great job and temple
square was a perfect place for it. What a great way to preach the Gospel.
What a wonderful way for youth to spend 4 months of their time - thanks for
sharing you very special young people. I loved this and I, too, love the
Most flash mobs I have seen appear to be rehearsed.
OK detractors Fred & Mark, call it what you want. I call it fabulous, great,
superb, excellent, inspiring, uplifting, thoughtful, talented, spiritual, fun,
energetic, touching and I applaud the youth of the South Jordan River Utah Stake
with a smile, a laugh and a tear.
No complaints or criticism of the youth doing this in a public place like Temple
Square (hey, if demonstrators can do their thing around Temple Square, why not
something better than that?) I'm just very disappointed that this
'production' posted on YouTube wasn't captioned for those who
don't hear to follow along. Yes I am deaf and yes, I love
music. I recognize the first line of the song, but the entire thing is not
memorized, so seeing the lyrics would've been nice. And the kids'
awesome (which I assume they are) testimonies?? I have no idea what they said.
Everyone is different, my body shook with sobs as I watched this. I was over
come by the spirit. I even liked them being in casual clothes. Shows the spirit
can be there anytime, not just at church when a person is dressed up. I LOVE OUR
So, it's okay to make comments here being critical of what took place, but
not to remind people of the virtues of not being critical, even in a respectful
manner? After this message to the screener, I will no longer be wasting my time.
OK, MoJules, we just have a difference in taste, I suppose. I'm not opposed
to the idea of a nicely done production. And as mark noted it IS a production.
It was clearly done at sunrise, before any "natural" crowds would be
there (notice there are no homeless visible), yet there dozens (white parents)
watching and pretending it's totally spontaneous. I'll
just say this: I think the songs would have been nice on their own. Maybe have
the kids actually dress up a bit, stand like a choir, and sing the songs,
showing that they've prepared a meaningful messaged. I don't like the
constant waving of arms, muscle flexing, back flips, or freakish cartwheels.
It's hard to take away any spiritual message when the focus is clearly on
some odd idea of artistic impression. Listening to children sing
makes me weep. This nearly made me laugh.
This was done around the reflecting pool, which is not on the Temple grounds.
The church does song and dance productions in the Conference Center, it is all
about music and dance in a tasteful way. So my comment to those who are
grumbling, really? There is so much positive and good that came from this, if
this helped to pull a youth out of being on the fence, or maybe trying to decide
to serve a mission, it is well worth it. And the effect that it has on those
that view it around the nation and even the world. My vote, the glass is half
This seems a bit distasteful. The temple grounds are not the place for a
Not to be picky, but that is not a "flash mob", it is a production. You
don't have multiple camera angles and crane shots, and clearly the go ahead
from the LDS church (there is no way you bring a crane on to temple square
without LDS church approval) for a flash mob. Which is fine, it just isn't
a flash mob.
The work will roll forth and it will not be thwarted by anything!!! Ditto
"byufan1993" I too love this gospel!!!
Oh how I love this gospel!