I know Kelly from the MTC! He married one of my friends for college. He is so
incredible! I'm excited that he has this wonderful opportunity.
Whenever I lead a Choir I always remind them that we sing, not because we have
talent but because we have a testimony.
I've had the great privilege of singing with Kelly as the director. He is
an amusing guy that connects well with younger people and brings enthusiasm to
every piece. Music is a wonderful way to share your testimony with many people!
In today's world, music is becoming less and less important. Education
gurus continue to squeeze the life of music from the curriculum. Parents would
rather not put the effort into seeing their children become good musicians.
Both educators and parents will spend thousands on uniforms and tournaments and
extensive travel into other states, to see a final score and receive a trophy.
So when we finally do get to hear a musical number, it is indeed
"special." And they can also be wonderful, and even groovy. But to
participate in a priesthood session of general conference is truly
"special." It's "special" to be part of the planning.
It's "special" to be the leader. It's "special" to
participate as a singer in a once, or twice in a lifetime event. It's
special to be there, in the Conference Center, when the Prophet of the World
enters, and the members of the twelve enter. And they speak. And we were there
singing praise to Our Father In Heaven even as in the scriptures. It is indeed
"special" to feel the spirit in those circumstances. Truly, in this
article, it describes an eventful and "special musical number."
Why is it every single musical presentation within the LDS church is introduced
as a "Special Musical Number"? Why can't we use words like
Inspirational, awesome, groovy, wonderful, and beautiful to describe our musical
numbers? Even this news article reflects this groupthink speech problem. We can
still belong to the group and have individualism in our speech patterns. Yesterday after years of hearing the bishopric introduce musical
experiences as " special musical" numbers or presentations, the 2nd
counselor finally paid attention to my request to spice things up and he said we
will now be pleased to hear a "wonderful musical presentation". People
at church even noticed the change of words, which I think is a good thing!
The world needs more Kelly DeHaans. He knows music and he knows young men and
he knows the gospel. What a wonderful experience for all of these young men. I
am certain I'll feel the spirit as they sing on Saturday evening.
I'll feel it all the way from Alaska. And to the Deseret News; This is
the type of news I love to read.
One of the reasons music touches the heart as effectively as it does is that so
much effort is required to make it happen. All of that preparation (months of
planning and rehearsals) is put on the altar when performance time comes and
compacted into those few minutes of performing it. That preparation, coupled
with the testimonies and goodness of hundreds of young men, is going to be a
spiritual treat. I'm looking forward to it!
In the 1950s sang in two of these Aaronic Priesthood choirs in the tabernacle.
The spiritual uplift during the singing is a treasured memory and is renewed
each time I see the shining faces of choir members during the General Priesthood