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Dancing in the Rain

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When Mormons dedicate a new temple, first they gather all the youth ages 12-18 in the district, and have them put on a cultural celebration for the prophet, honoring and expressing through music and dance the traditions and heritage of the land where the temple has been built.

Gilbert, AZ just got a beautiful new temple, and this evening was the cultural celebration.  I just watched about twelve thousand youth perform these numbers of mass choreography in the rain.  (Arizona.  Ha!  What are the odds?)  What a bunch of troopers!  Agh.  Everybody got muddy shoes and feet, costumes and props were sullied, eight-ish violins, a handful of guitars and some four hundred ukeleles might need some sweet-lovin' care tonight but dang.  Those kids sang and danced their hearts out.

And then Connie got an art-itch and actually made a speed-painting, and she is so happy about that.  :dummy:

Way to go, Gilbert Temple District Youth.  :clap:

[EDIT] - I've been asked a couple of times now, so I'll just type it out right here that YES! You may download and print to your heart's content. :) All those youth were so strong and inspiring to me; I remember those dancers' bare backs bowed under the freezing rain, upstage from a young man doing a solo, waiting for their cues....  They gave me great memories--and great art-itches, haha!--so the least I could do is let them distribute some more mementos of their experience.... though now I kind of wish I'd spent more time finessing this pic....  ^^;  Maybe some time in the future.  :)

Cheers, all!  :aww:

~Connie

[EDIT AGAIN] - Heh, my sis-in-law pointed out to me today that a blogger one Leslie Householder used my picture in this blog about the cultural celebration.  I'm surprised this picture has traveled so far already!  It's gotten like six thousand views in two days!  :D
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3st3b4nTby's avatar
Wooo 
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3st3b4nTby's avatar
Sabes hablar español?
siempre te veo escribir en ingles
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Heh, solo un poquito. Estudié en.... en.... como se dise.... escuela secondaria? High school anyway. Pero that was a loooong time ago. Ahora yo estudio.... uh.... no se como se dise. 中文。 Muy dificil! Pero muy interesante. :)
LOL mi Español es maaaaal.  :XD:
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That it ok, i can understand english. Its good know other lenguage so so
Mi ingles lo estoy practicando tambien, quiza te empiece a dar comentarios en español para que tambien practiques. No te preocupes si me los contestas en ingles (My english is practice too, maybe I start comment your draw in spanish because yo begin practices reading. Dont worry if you can't answer me in correct spanish )

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Two of my girls danced in this piece! That just be my Sydney ... she was the only dancer who's hair wasn't pulled into a bun because it was too short. Any chance I could purchase this painting?
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Haha oh wow!  Oh, tell them thank you thank you thank you from me!  They were all so inspiring and strong and brave.  :)  Their steadfastness---(smiling!)---in the storm just moved me so deeply.  :clap:

Well, I painted it on a computer, so I'm afraid it's nothing physical.... however, you are totally free to make use of the download button to the right and print it, or have it printed somewhere, to your heart's content! :D

Thank you again!  :hug:
This is so lovely, and captures perfectly when the girls were waiting on the stage behind the singer. It reminds me of the scripture, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord"  Some of my other favorite "images" from that night, that I wish some artist could capture, was the standard of liberty, drenched with rain, but being carried very proudly from the back of the horse.  The young woman with long hair who sang on the stage, with her face upturned many times, into the rain. The view of all those youth with their white flags from the distance, with the temple gleaming in the background through the mist of rain.  The kids were cold and wet, and I feel for them, but the rain made the images so incredibly beautiful and meaningful. So many bright, happy, and literally clean youth -- it gives such hope for the years ahead. I hope they understand how much it affected all of us who were watching. 
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Wow, thank you so so much for your beautiful comments! :D  I'm so happy this picture seems to have touched so many people.  It's true; all those youth under the hammering rain but still singing so strongly, so joyfully, were so inspiring.  :)

I'm glad you like the picture.  Thanks for looking!  :D
When my son got home it was way after 10pm and he was shaking so hard, I just pointed and said. HOT SHOWER, NOW!!! when he got out he wrapped in a blanket and said he had "so much fun tonight" and fell asleep. I know he will never forget it. Neither will I. They were more than Awesome. 
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Oh wow glad he was able to warm up! All those youth are so, so strong. Big thanks to you and him! :clap:
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Beautiful! My daughter was not happy when she got home, but I know she was happy when she was there and having fun in the rain (she just saved the attitude for us then). I made this Meme for it (courtesy of Shawshank Redemption): www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
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Thanks so much!  :D  Haha, hope she was able to warm up afterwards----my parents were there, and afterwards on their way home they called about twenty minutes out and requested hot water for cocoa!  :laughing:

Also.... THAT IS THE BEST MEME FOR THAT CELEBRATION OH MY GOSH.  :rofl:
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I'm also working on a blog post about the celebration (posted later today sometime). My blog is unseasonably (dot) blogspot (dot) com and I'll add your beautiful picture!
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Haha I'd be honored! :D
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Heart Please feel free to pass that meme on. I'm surprised it didn't get that much sharing. hahaha
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This is great! I love the perspective a lot. And I felt so bad for these girls! They were wearing white and had to be freezing! D: I hope they got into something warm at least because I didn't even want to take off my Nephite costume after we went it was so cold hahaha. But you totally captured the feeling in this picture and that is super rad.
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Nephite performer yaaaaaay!  :iconlawooplz:  Augh my goodness, all of you did FANTASTIC.  :clap:

Yeah I was worried for a bit that the white fabric might be a problem, but it seems to have been just fine.  They danced beautifully:)  And wow, they were so hardcore waiting for their cue with the whole storm coming down on their backs, kneeling on that wet stage.  Über-props to everbody!  :clap:
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Hahaha thank you! :hug:

I actually didn't even see them during the actual performance since I was down on the field. My mom was talking about it since she was there and I was like "What dancers in white?" and then when we watched it later, I was like "Oh no!". And it was amazing how no one got injured, especially on the stage! It was worrying enough running onto the field with the slippery mud (we all slipped down our hills at least once that night) but I can't imagine the stage. I was a bit bummed that Captain Moroni wasn't able to get on the stage like in the daytime run through, but it was still a miracle how no one got hurt. Like, dang.
Oh Wow! This is taking me a moment.....a bit emotional.  My daughter was in the dance. As I watched from the warmth of my home half mile away, and saw the rain pick up for her turn I held my breath. As the music started I looked to find her in this position on the stage, and then I did.....kneeling in an inch of rain, her ponytail dripping and the pouring rain hitting her back.  I was overwhelmed, with both a bit of worry but mostly completely proud. She has danced for 13 years and yet never in the pouring rain, in the cold or for the Prophet.  Thank you for capturing the first look I had of my daughter that night, and for the feelings that will always be attached with it. This is beautiful and I am grateful for your talent!
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Ahhh, your comment touches me so deep.  :heart:  All of the youth were so inspiring and brave and steadfast in the middle of that torrential downpour!  But I remember that first pose of the dancers, and the rain on their bare backs, and just.... being so moved.  They are all so strong.  I'm grateful that it gave me this wonderful little art-itch for a night, and that that art-itch could resonate with so many people.  Thank you to you and your daughter!  :clap:
TwitchyWitchyGirl's avatar
This is beautiful and emotional. :heart:
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Thanks so kindly!  :D
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You're very welcome! :iconyutasmileplz:
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