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West Malaysia LDS Choir Participates in Interfaith Music Night   

Unity in Diversity

This year’s Spiritual Music Night ignited spirituality in those who attended, creating a night to remember. The concert themed “Unity in Diversity” showcased multiple religious and spiritual groups through music, poetry, song and dance.  Performances included worshipful Christian music from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) choir, Haqqani Foundation choral and drum ensembles, lively dance of Hindus, tranquility of Sikh Kirtans, Mahayana Buddhist chants, Temple of Fine Arts, Orang Asli and Pure Life Society.


The event was held at the Dewan Sivik MBPJ, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.  With co-sponsorship by the LDS Church and The National Department of Culture and Arts (JKKN).  Admission was free of charge. The former one has been a key sponsor participating in this musical themed event since its inception in 2016. There were over 1000 in attendance this year, compared to 400 in 2016.  

"Malaysia is a multi-cultural, multi-religious, and multi-racial country," said Mother Mangalam, President of Pure Life Society and supporting influence for the 2018 Spiritual Muscial Night. "This unique setting in Malaysia provides the soil for the cultivation of qualities such as tolerance, appreciation, understanding and sharing without prejudice.  Such sterling qualities ultimately lead one to the realization that we are members of one race---the human race."

Besides Mother Mangalam, among distinguished guests in attendance at 2018’s Spiritual Music Night were religious leader, President Taitama Tolman of the LDS Church over the Kuala Lumpur District; Most Revered Julian Leow Beng Kim, DD Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur; and Guest of Honour En. Hasryn Izzuddin Bin Mohd Khairy, Director, Arts and Culture Enhancement Division, National Department of Culture and Arts.

In recognition of the LDS Church's financial contribution to the Spiritual Music Night, an award was presented to President Tolman. Each of the members of the district choir received a certificate of recognition for their service presented by INSaf.

Besides supporting through donation, the LDS Church also supplied with manpower to make this event a succes. Some members of the Church served on the INSaf/CSA (Interfaith Group) planning committee, whereas others assisted as ushers, or by handing out programs and helping with refreshments. 

World renown Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD’s were also donated as a gift from the LDS Church to those in attendance who expressed interest.  Sixteen members of the District Choir, under the direction of Sister Priya Ramachandran, assisted by Sister Chow Cek Yin rehearsed diligently for months before performing their inspirational hymns: "Because He Lives", "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "I Am a Child of God" accompanied by piano and violin ensemble. Their performances were well-received by the audience. 

The Spiritual Music Night was organized by the Centre for Spiritual Advancement, INSaf and Truth Alone Triumphs.  INSaF provides welfare services to orphanages, welfare homes and offers aid to communities.  LDS Charities, a humanitarian arm of the LDS Church, and its Church members regularly participate with these humanitarian efforts.

Video highlights of Spiritual Music Night. 

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