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Elder Stevenson throws first pitch at Angels game


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels baseball game on Friday, July 15.

About 2,500 Church members and friends attended the game for the 19th annual Mormon Night with the Angels, during which the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosted the Chicago White Sox.

The event is one of the largest and longest continuous group nights with the Angels organization in Orange County.

Last year, Elder Stevenson, then serving as the Presiding Bishop, attended the Mormon Night event with his family. Arte Moreno, the owner of the Angels, invited him to come again and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. This year, Elder Stevenson returned, with his entire family for this special event.

Elder Ruben Acosta, Area Seventy, accompanied Elder Stevenson during the first pitch ceremonies. “I’m going off the mound,” Elder Stevenson said before going onto the field. “I’ve practiced a little bit with my sons.”

Elder Stevenson threw the first pitch from the top of the mound at Angel Stadium, a distance of 60.5’ from home plate.

Several LDS youth from Orange County were recognized in the pre-game ceremonies for their outstanding achievements in academics, sports and leadership. Other LDS youth participated throughout the evening as the “play ball” announcer, bat boy, and the “steal’s third base” participant.

Elder Stevenson took time during the game to greet members of the Church in attendance.

Ken Hutton an employee at Angel Stadium for the past 39 years and member of the Anaheim California Stake in Orange County got the opportunity to meet Elder Stevenson. “I knew he was coming,” Ken Hutton said. “We are excited to have a General Authority here.”

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