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With festive music, a mariachi band in white welcomed the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Orchestra at Temple Square as they arrived in Mexico City — the largest city in North America — on Tuesday, June 13. The choir and orchestra is on the first part of a multiyear tour to spread hope through music.

“The choir actually amended its mission statement to add three important words: ‘throughout the world.’ Our mission is to testify to Christ and to bring a sense of healing and peace throughout the world,” Tabernacle Choir President Michael O. Leavitt said of the multiyear global tour.

It was almost like a family reunion in the Salt Lake airport as choir, orchestra and staff members greeted each other with the underlying excitement of going on tour again. During one of the flights, the passengers sang “Let Us All Press On” and “The Spirit of God.” At the airport in Mexico City, people held signs welcoming El Coro del Tabernáculo de la Manzana del Templo — “The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square” in Spanish — that also helped point them to waiting buses.

There are 319 choir members, 66 orchestra members and 65 staff members on the tour.

For choir members and siblings Damaris Zarco and Hirepan Zarco, who are both from Mexico City, it was a homecoming as family members greeted them at the airport and gave them balloons with “Welcome Home” on them.

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