Hundreds of teens in Southern California go to LDS prom

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  • Scott Hoskins Palmdale, CA
    May 21, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    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.

  • kcdance johnson, KS
    May 20, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Robbie Z Canoga Park, CA
    May 20, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    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.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    May 20, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Fact or Fake Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    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).

  • StephenT West Jordan, UT
    May 20, 2013 1:14 a.m.

    Kudos to the LaCrescenta Stake for starting this event. I have many fond mission memories from serving in the stake 25 years ago.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 20, 2013 12:16 a.m.

    What a great idea.

  • utahprincipal Sandy, UT
    May 19, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    This is a wonderful event and what great memories they'll all have. All the activities and food that was provided were fabulous.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    May 19, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    May 19, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    It was a great time for granddaughters.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    May 19, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Sheesh! I want to go! Can a 40-something and her hubby come next year? Sounds amazing!