Spirit and music: Special youth choir prepares to bring spirit to priesthood session

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  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    Oct. 5, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Mmhintze West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    @commodore semantics

  • its2hotinaz Saint David, AZ
    Oct. 1, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Whenever I lead a Choir I always remind them that we sing, not because we have talent but because we have a testimony.

  • perfidemintrepidus Riverton, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    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!

  • Play Nice Herriman, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    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."

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    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!

  • Play Nice Herriman, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    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!

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    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 session.