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Tahitians Join 'Messiah Sing' Musical Event

"I couldn’t understand the words, but I felt love and spirit."

People of all ages came together in Papeete, French Polynesia on Sunday 25 March to listen to and sing along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square's performance of Handel's Messiah, as the world approaches the Easter season.

The concert, which took place on Friday evening (23 March) in Salt Lake City, United States, is being viewed by people around the world via the internet or satellite broadcast.

Tahitian woman, Kathy Brodien, said, "I felt a lot of love because it was different. I was touched by the brother's solo and felt the love that they had for the Saviour. At the start of the hallelujah chorus everyone stood up together to show gratitude and love for the Saviour. The music lifted our souls. The opera isn’t something that we are used to.

As a speaker of the French and Tahitian languages, she added, "I couldn’t understand the [English] words but I felt love and spirit."

Meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other community venues throughout the world are hosting sing-alongs to this classical tribute to the Saviour, Jesus Christ, in remembrance of His death and resurrection over two milennia ago. 

Learn more about the Messiah Sing broadcast here.

Newsroom contributors: Quin and Janet Pinson, Emily-Jane Proudfoot and Mallory Mortensen.

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