My daughter went with friends and had a blast. Some of the girls that went from
our stake (Palmdale,CA)were not members of the LDS Church, but were allowed to
go to our prom (but not the school prom) because their parents were aware of our
standards and approved.
We think it is great to provide the youth with a place other then school dances
to come and have fun and keep the standards of the church. we have provided the
music for the last 3 proms and this year we were told its not to be called a
PROM since a prom would mean you should have a date so now its a spring formal.
California you rocked the prom for the kids they will never forget. great job.
As a youth leader I have had the opportunity to chaperone 6 of the 7 LDS Proms
in the area. Every year the on-site venue personnel mention their appreciation
for our youth. After watching them all come in, girls dressed modestly, youth
being respectful of the rules and others, and the overall lack of problems, they
inevitably ask "Where did you say these kids were from again?" It is
always a fabulous event, and in the end we had a record-breaking 899 youth
attend this year. The Aquarium of the Pacific was a fantastic venue offering
something for everyone. Great memories for all those who attended.
This will probably be necessary for LDS youth in other areas of the country,
including some areas of Utah. With declining moral standards, vulgarity, and
drinking, the youth of the church should have an acceptable alternative. The
world won't get any better and will not provide it either.
I have a friend that moved here to Utah from Ohio to teach in a high school. She
is not LDS. In the first month of teach she had to chaperone a school dance. She
could not believe how well behave the students were compared to the school she
was at previously. She was impressed. On the other hand, another teacher
at the same dance was appalled at the dancing that was being done. I even heard
that a couple of kids were kicked out. I don't know which perception was
correct. I do believe that school dances should be safe havens for anybody that
attends. Otherwise, they should not hold them. Then, if parents want to put on a
huge event, they can.(Just as a side note, I always thought balls, proms
and dances were a huge waste of money).
Kudos to the LaCrescenta Stake for starting this event. I have many fond mission
memories from serving in the stake 25 years ago.
What a great idea.
This is a wonderful event and what great memories they'll all have. All the
activities and food that was provided were fabulous.
Actually the number one reason to hold a seperate prom is vulgar dancing. This
is a very good idea. Here in Michigan the Church also does a prom annually. It
was not around back when I was a youth, but from what I have heard it is well
recieved, if not quite as elaborate as this one in California.
What a wonderful tradition to offer our young men and women an alternative to
proms involving alcohol, drugs, immodest dress and vulgar music, with a prom
full of kids who share the same values, not to mention all the fun things to do.
Thanks to the leaders and those who donated time, talent, and money to provide
this opportunity to their youth.
It was a great time for granddaughters.
Sheesh! I want to go! Can a 40-something and her hubby come next year? Sounds