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A concert with OneRepublic seemed to be the right choice in kicking off the Church’s monthlong Utah Area YSA conference.

Many young adults at the ”Together in Christ” concert called the event “unprecedented.” The concert sold out weeks in advance and was relocated from Provo to the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.

Nearly 13,600 attended the event, including a 1,000-person choir of young adults from Salt Lake City, Provo, Heber Valley and Vernal, who performed with opening artists Jordan Smith and Jordin Sparks.

Choir members said the concert was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“They reached a lot of people that they wouldn’t have reached otherwise. … I’m really grateful they did it,” said Jennifer Balch, a member of the choir.

The concert kicked off with a drone light show, and new videos from the Church were shown throughout the event, sparking a lot of cheering from the young adult audience. Before OneRepublic hit the stage, the BYU Cougarettes performed with a drone light show above them.

During the concert, the performers added their own spiritual sentiments while on stage. “My prayer is that everything I do reflects God’s goodness and His love,” said Smith, first in the lineup of singers for the evening.

Smith said he learned a “new song” just for the concert and proceeded to sing a rendition of “I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus.” The crowd joined in and at the end of the song cheered with extra enthusiasm for the familiar Primary song.

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