Deedee Corradini looked at the 1,350-year-old Zenkoji Temple and said in awe, "This is something we just can't replicate. We've got to decide what will be the spirit of the Salt Lake Games."
Look up, Deedee. The spirit is there, you just can't see it. The magnificent temple in your city may be comparatively young, but it took 40 years of backbreaking toil to build it. The story behind this state is wrought with blood, sweat and tears. Utah is all about what America is all about - religious freedom.We have four years to give Utah a good housecleaning. Company's coming. But in so doing don't sweep our precious heritage under the rug. Someone is sure to find it and wonder why you are hiding it. I'm not suggesting we make it a Mormon program. Diversity is what makes this country great. But don't lean so far away from our culture that you fall on your face. I do not understand why it was necessary to hire a woman from California (at $60,000 a year) to coordinate Ogden's Olympics related activities. There is so much talent here in Utah. Did you see the spectacular 24th of July celebration in Provo?
Our Tabernacle Choir is known and loved throughout the world. I can bear their voices singing, "Glory, glory, hallelujah!" Use them. Let everyone who will join in.
There are thousands of children all over the world who sing the song, "I am a child of God." It isn't a song only for LDS. It is for anyone who believes in God. Let the African children, the Mexican children, the Jewish children, American children of all races sing. Let them sing in the beautiful Church of the Madeleine if you please.
In the opening ceremony a replica of the Statue of Liberty could rise from an elegantly wrapped gift box. That would make a great theme: "America's gift to the world." There never has been a time when the world was more hungry for such a gift. Nor will there ever be a time when we will have a better opportunity to fill that need. A great package of liberty, freedom, love, compassion, service - God.
Salt Lake City