'Ladies and Gentlemen
Welcome to the Good Garden Concert, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Singapore. It is showtime at the Gateway Theatre in Bukit Merah on Saturday, 28 September 2019.'
Members and Guests
About 1400 Church members, their families, and friends filled up the Gateway Theatre for the matinee and evening show. Mr. Melvin Yong, Member of Parliament and Deputy Secretary of NTUC was the guest of honor at the matinee show while Dr. Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Transport attended the evening show. Invited VIP guests included leaders from various faiths, SOKA, Jamiyah Singapore, Baha'i, IRO and IRCCs.
The Concert in Seven Themes
The Concert was presented in seven themes, beginning with 'seeds' – showing how the Church started with a handful of members. Then the 'soil' provided the nourishments for the early members to strengthen their faith. With deep strong 'roots' to withstand the challenges, pioneer members got married, raised families, and expanded the congregation. With established 'branches' across the island, the 'fruits' appeared: members sent their children abroad as missionaries; some even served as missionary couples in temples abroad. To serve the community, members collaborated with community partners and leaders of other faiths, such as the IRCC and Jamiyah Singapore to promote inter-faith and inter-religious harmony as well as 'diversity within the system'. For 'continuous growth' the leaders would seek every opportunity to work with the community partners and strengthen the faith and testimony of every member to be a force for good in the world.
Guest PerformersUnder the theme of 'Diversity within the System,' the audience was entertained by the AVGMT-Sakthi Fine Arts Dancers, SherePunjab Bhangra dancers, the choir from The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i of Queenstown and Prof. Sean Rozario, a jazz musician who was also the Chairman for Moulmein-Cairnhill's IRCC.
Star performers at the Good Garden Concert included:
Chloe MacKie (10 years old) from Australia who aspires to be an actress when she grows up. She recently played the lead role in her school production of The Jungle Book.
Tama Goh, an acclaimed drummer/percussionist who recently performed at the Carnegie Hall (New York).
Syah Riszuan (14 years) who started performing on stage at the age of six and has participated in Asia's Got Talent and National Day Parade 2019.
The Jumangit Family, consisting of Father Joshua, a bass guitarist; Mother Ruth, active in theatre production since her university days; and son Johanne who plays the guitar and conducts his school's Guitar Ensemble.
The 50th Anniversary Choir, consisting of 100 Church members from all the Wards, under the direction of Justin Liu, with Greg Petersen, Rebecca Petersen, and Liu Ying Er as musicians.