Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mormon stake presidency dances in 'Happy' lip dub for youth conference

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Wed, June 11 9:05 a.m. MDT

Meridian North Stake Is Happy! Youth Conference 2014

 The Meridian Idaho North Stake decided to reach out to the youths in their stake by producing their own lip dub version of Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy.'
 The Meridian Idaho North Stake decided to reach out to the youths in their stake by producing their own lip dub version of Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy.'
 The Meridian Idaho North Stake decided to reach out to the youths in their stake by producing their own lip dub version of Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy.'

The Meridian Idaho North Stake presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to reach out to local teens by producing a lip-dub version of Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" for their upcoming youth conference.

"We are a new stake presidency and thought this would be a fun way to connect with our youth," J. Thomas Ahlquist wrote in an email to the Deseret News.

"Youth conference was Saturday, and it was a success! They loved it."

The video was posted on June 7 and has more than 6,000 views.

"We are so blessed to have these men as our leaders," Sherlyn Pinon commented on the video. "They are willing to go to great lengths to connect with our youth. Thank you!"

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1. O'really
Idaho Falls, ID,
June 10, 2014

This is awesome! Good job Presidents.

2. Mack2828
Ft Thomas, KY,
June 10, 2014

Sorry, I know they meant well, but in my opinion this is not the right way to connect with the youth.
I believe it was James E Faust who mentioned in a talk that the Bishop should not get in the dunk tank at the ward carnival. It is not the man, it is the priesthood office that shouldn't be made light of. I feel that the same principle applies here.

3. yjojo
83843, ID,
June 10, 2014

I thought it was Great. The video was nice.

4. Florwood
American Fork, UT,
June 10, 2014

Reminded of a time where our bishopric in Saudi Arabia in 1987 put together an original rap and performed it for the ward (no, not in Sacrament meeting).

And Mack2828, I remember Elder LeGrand Richards telling us to remember Rule 6: Don't take yourself so darn seriously.

5. MIMom
Mt Pleasant, MI,
June 10, 2014

Brilliant. Might not be terribly original in concept but I'm sure it left a positive connections with many kids who might not think twice about the message otherwise.