Comments about ‘LDS youths flash mob on Temple Square (+ video)’

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Published: Monday, Jan. 14 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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byufan1993
Provo, , UT

Oh how I love this gospel!

WYOREADER
Gillette, WY

The work will roll forth and it will not be thwarted by anything!!! Ditto "byufan1993" I too love this gospel!!!

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

FredEx
Salt Lake, Ut

This seems a bit distasteful. The temple grounds are not the place for a song-and-dance show.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

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 full.

FredEx
Salt Lake, Ut

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.

OneAmerican
Idaho Falls, ID

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.

Julie gluten free mother
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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 YOUTH

readerdownsouth
Buckeye, AZ

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. :(

JDL
Magna, UT

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.

Julie gluten free mother
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Most flash mobs I have seen appear to be rehearsed.

Lois
South Jordan, UT

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 gospel.

Serenity
Manti, UT

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.

SP
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Embarrassing.

Gmajodi8
Henderson, NV

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!!

conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

How does this event from April 2012 make the front page in a January 2013 Newspaper?

kathybeebee
Ephrata, WA

It's a latter day Road Show!

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

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.

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