Concert of Praise for God’s Word
- November 23, 2013
- Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
“Today the Bible and other scripture are readily at hand, yet there is a growing scriptural illiteracy because people will not open the books.” —Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve
The National Bible Association, which named Salt Lake City its National Bible City for 2013, will host a Concert of Praise for God’s Word in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Saturday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m.
The program will include Bible readings by Hollywood actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and her husband, producer Mark Burnett (The Voice). The program will also feature musical performances by the Singing Sensations, a gospel choir from Baltimore, Maryland; Jewish Cantor Emmanuel Perlman; the Salt Lake University Institute Singers; and the BYU Singers.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will attend and give remarks. Elder Christofferson spoke about the blessings of scripture in the April 2010 general conference. “In [William] Tyndale’s day, scriptural ignorance abounded because people lacked access to the Bible, especially in a language they could understand. Today the Bible and other scripture are readily at hand, yet there is a growing scriptural illiteracy because people will not open the books. Consequently they have forgotten things their grandparents knew,” he said (“The Blessings of Scripture”).
The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will last approximately 75 to 90 minutes. Tickets are not required for this event. Because seating is general admission, patrons are encouraged to be seated by 6:45 p.m. Standby seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line is formed at the flagpole on Temple Square. See the Temple Square Events site for more information.
According to the National Bible Association website, National Bible Week is November 21–29. This signature event of the National Bible Association has been observed each year during the week of Thanksgiving since 1941. “It is a time that Christians all around the world can refocus their perspective on the importance of scripture in our lives,” the site reads.
In addition to the concert, there will be a public Bible reading at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda on Monday, November 25.
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught: “We must help all people, including our own members, understand the power and importance of the Holy Bible. The Bible is scripture that leads us and all mankind to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior” (“The Miracle of the Holy Bible,” Apr. 2007 general conference).