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Mormons sing for Dodgers, Elder Ballard throws pitch

This year, a national competition was held to invite Mormon singers from anywhere in the U.S. to audition to sing the national anthem on Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.

The two winners — Shea Owens, a vocal performance major at BYU, and JoDee Stott, a

mother from South Ogden, Utah — had the chance to sing at the Thursday, Aug. 6 game. Owens sang the national anthem before the game, and Stott sang "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.All six finalists from the national contest appeared

at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, joining Elder M. Russell

Ballard, who was on hand to throw out the first pitch.Elder Ballard was a special guest of the Dodgers for the 15th annual Mormon

Night at the stadium. The LDS Church has been the largest group

client of the Dodgers for many years. As a result, the church is invited to

provide a performer for the national anthem and a representative for

the first pitch of the game.More than 500

singers, from British Columbia to New York, participated in the contest.The four other singers honored as finalists were: Jared Allen from Ogden, Utah; KaDee Smith from Athens,

Ga.; Heather Elmer from South Jordan, Utah; and Michelle Baer from

Mesa, Ariz.

Owens won $1,500, an audition with

Deseret Book's Shadow Mountain Records, tickets for his family and

friends to the game, and a video of his performance broadcast on

DodgerVision and TV. All finalists received cash awards and an audition with Shadow Mountain Records.