My husband and I went to the temple this morning to spiritually prepare for this weekend's General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We also happened to have tickets tonight to a Jackie Evancho concert of "America's Got Talent" fame. My husband had given me the tickets last December for our anniversary, and it just happened that the concert was a few days prior to this weekend's General Conference. I'm on a spiritual high. There is nothing like quiet time to ponder in the temple followed by listening to Jackie Evancho sing "The Lord's Prayer" (among other things). What a way to prepare for General Conference!
I was so impressed by Miss Evancho's charm. She is a totally unassuming, sweet, amazing young woman. When she is singing, she is "in the zone," and has this huge adult voice. Upon completion of a song, she drops her shoulders, flips her hair, and tugs at her shoulder straps like every other kid her age. She has this tiny speaking voice on the microphone that was difficult to hear when she introduced the young man who is touring with her. At one point, she finished a song and said, "Well, I hope you enjoy intermission," and then left the stage. She is just a little girl with a huge talent -- a God given talent. I hope we hear good things from this young woman down the line. I hope her parents keep her from getting a big head, and that as she grows into a teenager she isn't consumed by the evils that lurk around every corner of the industry because she has a gift.
If anyone in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is listening, Jackie Evancho would be an outstanding guest at a Mormon Tabernacle Concert or "Music and the Spoken Word."
I'm looking forward to General Conference this weekend, and I feel like I'm well prepared to feast on the words of the prophets. I can hardly wait!