Awesome, awe-inspiring and an entire stadium filled with the spirit would possibly begin to describe the Church's cultural event Saturday night in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico. Our prophet both sang and danced - while he was speaking to the saints President Monson shared a song that he knew from his Spanish classes back in high school - he sang it and then stated that this was the first and only time that he would sing a solo in a conference of the church! The people roared their excitement as he spoke a bit of Spanish! (If you listen you can hear our reply in the video!)
As the festivities of the night continued with song and dance there was a segment of dance from the state of Michoacahn - the dance is depicting little old men in traditional masks, decorated sombreros and gabánes (a type of woven over covering). The cameras cut to Presidents Monson and Eyring - they were wearing the traditional gabánes and they did a little jig for the saints! Once again, the entire stadium of nearly 100,000 saints roared their approval!
I cannot express how wonderful it was to sit with thousands upon thousands of saints. To hear them praise both the church and prophet in their own language - and then, through the spirit, realize that language will never be a barrier to the faithful - for the melodies were all familiar. The prayers were heartfelt and filled with the spirit. The talks by Presidents Monson and Eyring were both beautiful and specifically written for the Mexican saints.
Our family will never forget the spirit of these amazing saints. We will never forget sitting in a stadium with a prophet presiding at such an awe - inspiring event! We will never forget the opportunity to, with tens of thousands of Mexican saints, wave our white handkerchiefs to show our love to the Prophet of God! Our little man, throughout the event would say, "Mommy can I wave my handkerchief? I want to tell the Prophet that I love him!"
The sheer amount of the youth of this church was beautiful. The costumes, the dance, the song were all gorgeous. The missionary force from the Mexico City Missions came forth singing "LLamados A Servir" (Called to Serve) and again, another wave of the spirit poured forth upon the saints.
Truly, words cannot express the experience! We are so grateful to be here at this time, with these saints and to feel of their spirits as well as the Spirit of the Lord! The event was held at 6:30pm and our family began traveling with our 'barrio' (ward) at 9 am - only to return to our ward building at 2am Sunday morning. But, the hours of waiting, the hours of traveling were insignificant compared to the outpouring of the Spirit of God!
We are grateful!