Stake embarks on 'Millennial Extravaganza'

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Members of the Anaheim California East Stake commemorated the century and the millennium with a daylong "Millennial Extravaganza," including temple work, service projects, an open house and a millennial ball.

Stake Pres. Robert E. Greene thought of the idea last spring and organized a planning committee. As part of the preparations, he challenged his stake to submit 2,000 names for temple ordinances by the end of the year. Each ward was assigned a specific number of names to complete and ward family history consultants encouraged participation. Stake members surpassed their goal by more than a thousand names.

Stake youth began the millennial day by entertaining residents at local rest homes with a road show-style program that captured the highlights of the 20th Century. The program recounted the national events and popular culture of the century and included songs and dances from nearly every decade. "We wanted a program both to entertain the senior citizens and help our youth understand and appreciate the significance of the events that occurred during their parents' and grandparents' lives," Pres. Greene explained.

"It took a lot of time for us to learn all those songs and dances," said Rachel Wright, a Laurel in the Yorba Linda 5th Ward. "It was all worth it, though, when we saw the people at the rest homes tapping their feet and singing along with some of the older songs."

The culminating activities for the day included an open house at the stake center for current and former stake members and the ball. A committee from each ward transformed classrooms into nostalgic display rooms filled with memorabilia and written and pictorial histories of the wards and stakes. Each room also included posters listing the names of deceased ancestors that had been submitted for temple work.

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