Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7 Mormon leaders who have thrown ceremonial first pitches (20 items)

By and , Deseret News

July 2, 2014

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles paid a visit to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on June 27.

Elder Bednar was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch as part of the annual Mormon Night, a long-running community event that drew thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the stadium this year.

Elder Bednar is among six other current LDS leaders who have thrown first pitches in recent years.

Click through this list to learn more about the other leaders who have taken the pitcher's mound.

1 of 20. 2014

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles threw the ceremonial first pitch June 27, 2014, for Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.

Mormon Night, an event the Dodger organization has held for more than 30 years, drew more than 4,500 LDS Church and community members, according to mormonnewsroom.org.

2 of 20. 2014

Susan Bednar (center) joined her husband for the event, and Elder Jerry L. Garns of the Quorum of the Seventy (left) caught Elder Bednar's pitch.

3 of 20. 2014

Primary-age children joined Dodgers players, Elder Bednar and Elder Garns on the field before the game and received signed baseballs.

4 of 20. 2014

As part of the Mormon Night at which Elder Bednar appeared, LDS actor Kirby Heyborne and Emmy Award-winning television and film editor Erik Christensen sang the national anthem.

5 of 20. 2013

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland threw the first pitch for Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2013.
1. Surfs Up
Huntington Beach, CA,
July 3, 2014

Well Done!!

2. MapleDon
Springville, UT,
July 3, 2014

You failed to mention that in 1978, Elder Paul Dunn threw out the ceremonial "first pitch" in the season home opener for the Atlanta Braves.

3. Mack2828
Ft Thomas, KY,
July 3, 2014

Not sure exactly why, but for some reason this just doesn't seem right to me. It just has such a worldly feel to it.

4. NorthOfHere
Rexburg, ID,
July 3, 2014

I don't feel like this feels worldly at all. To me this feels like a chance for the world to see the LDS leaders are normal, real people who lead faithful lives. This has probably started more than one conversation from someone who truly has questions regarding the LDS faith. I think its awesome.

5. BYU Joe
MISSION VIEJO, CA,
July 3, 2014

I saw Paul Dunn do it at a Padres Game in the late 80's or early 90's.