Dodger Stadium Celebrates Mormon Night
Contributed By Ryan Morgenegg, Church News staff writer
On Friday, June 29, 2012, more than 8,000 members of the Church gathered in Los Angeles, California, USA, at Dodger Stadium to celebrate Mormon Night, the longest-running community event held by the Dodgers.
The highlight of the evening came when President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Members greeted him with a cheer that “raised the roof.” The pitch was caught by Elder William Reynolds, an Area Seventy. Brother Kevin Hamilton, director of the Southern California Public Affairs Council, served as honorary umpire. He called the pitch a strike.
Adding to the enjoyment of the evening was the attendance of LDS recording artist and member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Alex Boyé. Brother Boyé sang the national anthem prior to the game and “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.
The Dodgers also recognized several members from the various stakes in Southern California. In particular, they recognized Ronald Nelsen, a member of the Sherman Oaks Ward, Granada Hills California Stake, who has worked for the Dodgers as a food vendor for all 54 years the Dodgers have been in California.
Previous Mormon Night events were hosted by the Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors.