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Sister Burton throws out first pitch at Dodger Stadium

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

Roughly 3,000 members of the Church and their friends gathered in Los Angeles, California, on July 10 for the annual Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.

The Los Angeles Dodgers invited Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, to represent the Church and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Sister Burton joins Nancy Reagan and other prominent women who over the years have had this honor.

Elder Gary Wilde, an Area Seventy, joined Sister Burton in the ceremonial first pitch. He caught the pitch, which went right over the plate.

Also joining the pregame ceremonies was Gretchen Anderson, a Southern California resident and Latter-day Saint, who sang the national anthem.

The Dodgers invited a number of Primary children to join the players on the field before the game, where they visited with the players and received autographed baseballs. The children were then allowed to run out with the players at the beginning of the game as the Dodgers took their positions.

The Dodgers won the game, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. This, plus a festive fireworks show after the game, added to the excitement of the evening.

Mormon Night is the longest running community event held by the Dodger organization and has gone on for more than 30 years. The Dodgers have frequently expressed their appreciation for the long-standing relationship with the Church.

Sister Burton expressed her appreciation for the members who attended and for their support of the event. She also expressed appreciation for being able to be a part of the tradition and to attend this year’s Mormon Night.

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