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News Story —  3 July 2012

Mormon Leader Tosses First Pitch at Dodgers Game

Salt Lake City — 

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), threw out the first pitch at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.

In what has become an annual tradition, more than 8,000 Latter-day Saints enjoyed a nice evening at California’s Dodger Stadium for Mormon Night with the Dodgers. The more than 25-year tradition was continued Friday, 29 June 2012.

The highlight of the evening came when President Uchtdorf threw out the ceremonial first pitch.  The crowd greeted him with a loud cheer as his name was announced. The pitch was caught by Elder William Reynolds, a Seventy in the Church. Honorary umpire Kevin Hamilton, director of the Southern California Public Affairs Council, called the pitch a strike.

Members attended the festivities with high expectations and were not disappointed. Even though the Dodgers lost to the New York Mets (9-0), people enjoyed the evening as they mixed and mingled. They were also treated to a great fireworks show after the game.

Church Public Affairs spokesman in California Gary Condie said, “Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium is the longest-running and biggest community event held by the Dodger organization. The Dodgers expressed appreciation for this long-standing relationship.”

The Dodgers also recognized several Latter-day Saints from the various Southern California congregations. In particular, they recognized Ronald Nelsen, a member of the Church from Sherman Oaks, who has worked for the Dodgers as a food vendor for the 54 years the team has been in California.

Style Guide Note: When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online style guide.

 
 
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