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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Smithfield Show Recap!

Learning music during the Workshop.
The BYU Young Ambassadors had the opportunity to perform at Sky View High School over the weekend! It was truly a wonderful experience. Before out show we were privileged enough to have a workshop with Encore, the Show Choir at Sky View High! Not only were we able to share some of our show with them, but we were lucky enough to get a private performance of a few numbers from their show. We were impressed at their willingness to work and to learn, their eagerness to try new things, and especially their musicianship skills. It was a wonderful afternoon for both groups.

Students from Sky View join the YA's in 'Just Haven't Met You Yet'

Below is a video of some of our Young Ambassadors recapping our performance that night!

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Here are a few 'bonus' pictures covering the last month of the Young Ambassadors:

Members of our Band and Tech crew enjoy a delicious meal before our Orem High show.

The beautiful theatre we were privileged to perform in at Syracuse High School.

These Young Ambassadors are excited for our bus trip home from Syracuse! It was a great show!

Ashley Haycock warms up the room at the start of our workshop at Sky View High School.

Ashley Haycock and Carson Wright are excited after a successful fourth show!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Alumni Show Recap!

Randy and some of the Young Ambassador Alumni
After Homecoming Spectacular, we had the opportunity to share our Saturday rehearsal with many Young Ambassador Alumni. The Alumni were very excited to see what we had prepared. We were excited as well, but also a little nervous to have our first audience. As we went through the run- through, Randy explained the various video clips that would play between each number. For the first time, we heard the full idea of the show and it actually felt like we had a show rather than 20 random numbers! We began to see how wonderful the show would be as we started to understand it’s true message. Although it was a ton of fun, the run-through definitely had it’s ups and down’s. Some of the more recently learned numbers were shaky and we could feel the nerves set in as we saw the work we had left to do.  But on the other hand, many of our numbers were impressive and almost ready. As I watched and performed, I felt the power of the slow moments in the show and I know the Alumni felt it as well. The spirit was so strong as we performed and left us, as well as the audience, in tears. 
It is such a wonderful opportunity to be apart of a show that’s main purpose is sharing the gospel?! We have so far to go, but really we have come so far. Our very imperfect show filled the audience with the spirit. Just imagine how powerful a perfect show could be. I don’t think that anyone should feel discouraged about our performance, but empowered by it. With the Lord’s help we can create a show that will fill the audience with the Spirit and soften hearts. Keep working YA’s! It’s worth it!

The BYU Homecoming Spectacular: The Best Show in Town!

Some Young Ambassadors with Co-Host Stephen Jones
After years of tradition, the Young Ambassadors again had the wonderful opportunity performing in the well-loved BYU Spectacular. The theme of this year’s show was “Dare to Discover,” and the highlighted figures were Harvey Fletcher, a famous BYU Audio Physicist and Summerissa Bell, our very own Young Ambassador who had her face plastered over every BYU UTA bus and Spectacular Playbill. She is quite the celebrity now.
We had the privilege this year to perform with such groups as the BYU Ballroom Dance Company, Cougarettes, Women’s Chorus, Contemporary Dance Theatre, Percussion Ensemble and the very melodious Philharmonic Orchestra. Each group was stunning in their execution of their artistic craft and all of us YA’s enjoyed watching them perform.
Our Emcees were Brad Wilcox and Stephen Jones. Brad Wilcox, one of our Young Ambassador Alumni’s, did us all proud with his humor and quick wit along with Stephen Jones, the YouTube comedy star from BYU. With both of their hilarious acts put together they made a very appetizing “Celestial Sandwich,” of stand up performance. (see the The Harold B. Lee Library YouTube Advertisement 'Study like a Scholar, Scholar')
The YA Girls before the Spectacular!
With only a little over a month of rehearsal, with the help of all of our great directors and choreographers, we were able to put together two numbers for the show. We performed ‘Got So Far to Go’ from Hairspray and ‘Through Heaven’s Eyes” from Prince of Egypt. As Randy prepped us before our show, he helped us to give off as much light from within ourselves as possible. This encouragement helped us to give a spectacular performance and we were able to bless the lives our audience members.
Since the BYU Spectacular is over we all are hyped for our upcoming performances. We’re just glad that we had the opportunity to share and perform in BYU Spectacular this year. It really was the Best show in town.

Here is an advertisement for the BYU Spectacular featuring some of the Young Ambassadors!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monthly Motto for October: 2 Nephi 9:52

“…remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice.”  (2 Nephi 9:52)
It has been said that the sin of ingratitude is more serious than the sin of revenge. With revenge, we return evil for evil, but with ingratitude, we return evil for good.” (Marvin J. Ashton)  
We are not to compare ourselves with others, but were we to do so; we would see just how much the Lord has blessed us, each in our own way.  Those differences do not serve to rank us, but to show God’s love for us individually.  Even in our darkest times God is blessing us much more than we realize.  When we learn to recognize this our perspective changes.  We become optimistic, happy, humble, less self-centered, and more confident in our relationship with God.  Then we can truly “Let our hearts rejoice.”

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Monthly Motto for September: 1 Nephi 8:24

Every month, we choose a motto that we try to focus on together. We would love for you to be a part of this as well! Please feel free to share your thoughts about our motto, our theme, or our Book of Mormon reading!

Our monthly motto for September comes right out of our Book of Mormon Reading. It is found in 1 Nephi 8:24: 

“…and they came forth and caught hold of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the midst of the darkness, clinging to the iron rod...” 

As we start down this road as Young Ambassadors, let us decide now, in the beginning, that we will hold fast to the rod. Let us decide now that together, as a group, we will be unshakeable. Because we are only in our second week, we can choose now to start out solid, to keep up with our reading of the Book of Mormon, and to cleave unto the Lord even when the mists of darkness cloud our lives. The Iron Rod will safely guide us through!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Our Book of Mormon Reading Schedule

This year, the BYU Young Ambassadors have committed to reading through the entirety of the Book of Mormon before the end of this calendar year. Our schedule has us finishing the final pages of the Book of Mormon on Christmas Day. It has been an incredibly enriching experience so far, and we would love for you to join with us, if you wish! The following is our reading schedule (it averages about four to five pages a day) and it will always be accesible on the right hand side of our blog!

Date Page # to Finish
1 4
2 8
3 12
4 16
5 20
6 24
7 28
8 32
9 36
10 40
11 44
12 48
13 52
14 56
15 60
16 64
17 68
18 72
19 76
20 80
21 84
22 88
23 92
24 96
25 100
26 104
27 104
28 108
29 116
30 120
1 124
2 128
3 132
4 136
5 140
6 144
7 148
8 152
9 156
10 160
11 164
12 168
13 172
14 176
15 180
16 184
17 188
18 192
19 196
20 200
21 205
22 210
23 215
24 220
25 225
26 230
27 235
28 240
29 245
30 250
31 255
1 260
2 265
3 270
4 275
5 280
6 285
7 290
8 295
9 300
10 305
11 310
12 315
13 320
14 325
15 330
16 335
17 340
18 345
19 350
20 355
21 360
22 365
23 370
24 375
25 380
26 385
27 390
28 395
29 400
30 405
1 410
2 415
3 420
4 425
5 430
6 435
7 440
8 445
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10 455
11 460
12 465
13 470
14 475
15 480
16 485
17 490
18 495
19 500
20 505
21 510
22 515
23 520
24 525
25 531