Hundreds Join FARMS Birthday Celebration
FARMS wishes to thank all of its friends who attended this year’s banquet celebrating the Foundation’s 20th anniversary. The more than 450 people who attended seemed to enjoy greeting old friends and making new ones. They also were delighted by the evening’s festivities, highlighted by a wonderful performance by the International Children’s Choir and a moving address by Truman G. Madsen.
Wearing the colorful native dress of many countries, the children’s choir, directed by Kathy Sorenson, performed Arabic, Hebrew, and English music chosen for the occasion. The choir also sang a medley of birthday songs from around the world to help commemorate FARMS’s anniversary. Professor Madsen, an emeritus professor of philosophy at BYU and long-time friend of FARMS, shared his firsthand observations about the relationship between the LDS Church and citizens of Israel. He considered 15 reasons why modern Jews reject traditional Christian views of Christ and noted the convincing role that the Book of Mormon plays in clarifying the testimony of Jesus.
Rounding out the program were awards given to past FARMS presidents (in keeping with the 20th anniversary theme), the announcement of the formal signing of an affiliation agreement between FARMS and BYU, and the showing of a short video about FARMS produced by FARMS volunteer Gary Rogers as part of the BYU fund-raising campaign.
FARMS holds these annual banquets to thank the many people who make the work of the Foundation possible and to give them a chance to associate with one another.