|photo courtesy of Deseret News|
We just about missed it. No mention was made in our L.D.S. Ward that the Tabernacle Choir was coming for the Dedication of the Gardens at the foot of the Manti Temple. We just happened to be at our son's when tickets were offered to them. We couldn't believe that the whole choir and orchestra would come, but they did. When we seen all the buses lined up next to Snow's arena, there was no doubt in our minds that it was true. The basketball arena at Snow College in Ephraim was filled to the brim. However, there is no air conditioning there and it was in the warmest part of June.
Mack Willberg, Ryan Murphy, Richard Elliott and Lloyd Newell. Yes, even our nephew, Mark Hafen was there singing in the group. When the choir and orchestra was asked by Lloyd Newell " How many of you have roots in Sanpete?", more than half stood up. There were also the dignitaries: Ed Pinegar, Manti Temple President; Greg Bell, Lt. Governor of the state of Utah; Scott Hintze, Manti Stake President; George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles and Spencer Eccles. Elder Marlen K. Jensen, Church recorder and Historian, also First Quorum of the Seventy. He spoke and gave the dedicatory prayer. Mac Christensen, the out-going President of the choir was also on hand Both Elder Jensen and Mac Christensen come from Sanpete.
But the highlight of the afternoon was the choir and orchestra and they sure did fill the stadium with beautiful music. We are sure glad we did not miss it. It was a wonderful day and great opportunity.