Over 49,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field on Saturday. It wasn’t “Mormon Night” for the Mariners and the Church members didn’t come to watch baseball at all. It was the largest “non-sporting event in the history of Safeco Field,” and the second largest event the venue has ever hosted, according to the Deseret News.
So why did thousands file into the stands, braving a rainy, cold evening? They came to #FollowTheProphet and while many of us dream of someday having a similar opportunity at a nearby ballpark, a quick review of posts with the event’s hashtag provides an idea of what it was like to be a Latter-day Saint in Seattle on Saturday.
The fun started early in the day as Church members began to flood the city.
They arrived at the field having taken many different forms of transportation.
They came by car...
And by ferry.
The ballpark awaited them.
The line to enter began to form at Noon, which means some people waited six hours to hear from the prophet.
Latter-day Saint youth between the ages of 16 and 18 got the best seats in the house, as 2,200 Laurels and Priests sat on Safeco Field.
Young adults volunteered to usher in the crowd.
And with their help, the Saints found their way to their seats.
They were invited to post pictures with the hashtag on social media and many expressed their excitement to hear from the Lord’s servants.
They embraced the opportunity to welcome President Nelson to their state.
Some entertained themselves in other ways while they waited to hear a prophet's voice.
Finally, seats were taken and it was time for the main event.
President Nelson was joined by his wife Wendy, and his second counselor, President Henry B. Eyring.
Several quotes from President Nelson's address made their way to Instagram.
So grateful to be among the 49,089 people at Safeco tonight!"Bring your best thinking & most fervent prayers to the table. The Lord loves EFFORT and will bless our best efforts! If you are doing your best He will work miracles in helping you become the men & women He knows you can become! " 🙏 #ItsAWynderfulLife #presidentnelson #followtheprophet
When the closing organ music starts playing after his speech and the prophet of the world runs back up and says “Wait a minute... it’s actually 49,089 people here tonight, not 45,000” 😂😂😂 Side note... singing hymns with 49,088 other servants of the Lord is actually pretty great 🎵 #safeco #seattle #ldslife #followtheprophet #russellmnelson #henrybeyering #wendywnelson #pnwlife #westcoastbestcoast #upperleftusa #devotional
And when it was over, there were memories that would never be forgotten…
What a treat today was! 49,000+ (over capacity) Latter-day saints gathered at Safeco Field to witness a Prophet of God speak🙏🏼 No matter your religious beliefs, I'm sure his message would've resonated with you as well. It was one of Love, of the Savior and of doing Good, espcially in the midst of adversity! We are all on the this white water rafting trip called Life together! The Raft is the the only thing that will be sure to get us to our destination safely! It would do us all some good to hold on real tight! Though I am not perfect in my rafting skills, I intend to hold on for as long as I can! 😊😇🙏🏼❤ . . . #followtheprophet #gospelofchristisourRaft #lds #iammormon #madehistory #mormonnight #safecofield #presidentrussellmnelson #sisternelson #presidenthenrybeyring #ldsdevotional
President Nelson came to Seattle last night and over 49,000 members of our church gathered together to hear him speak! We were all together at Safeco Field and even though it was cold and rainy outside, it felt happy and warm inside- like a giant family gathering full of love and unity and whiny kids! I hope my boys always remember what it felt like to be there. We forgot to do Cash’s hair so McKay put some lotion in it but it didn’t work. 👌🏻 #followtheprophet
This weekend was a tender mercy and a testimony builder. Lemme explain why: Elisa and I planned a weekend trip to Washington and bought the tickets months ago. Fast forward to last week where we were both in school and so many things had piled up leaving us both prettyyy stressed out and unsure about our weekend getaway. But once you buy tickets, you can’t go back, ya feel? So we were like “Well, we’re doing this. Let’s go.” LITTLE DID WE KNOW IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED. and even LITTLER did we know that we’d be here the exact weekend that our dear prophet would be visiting the SAFECO stadium in Washington right where we were at. Long story short: God KNOWS YOU individually. He CARES about you. He knew that this trip, in so many ways, was exactly what I needed- to disconnect, to feel peace and to re-center my life with Christ and all the right priorities. So grateful for Him and His gospel 💛 #FollowTheProphet #Seattle #Washington #safecofield #mariners
Including the traffic.
But it was totally worth it.
Pres. Nelson, Sis. Nelson, and Pres. Eyring spoke to us tonight from our local baseball stadium! A historic 49,089 people in attendance to hear the living prophet of God. I loved the insights from Sis. Nelson on what it's like being the wife of a prophet. So thankful our whole family plus Uncle Lynn could be there together... Spiritual uplift of the year!!... But then there's nothing as buzz-kill-ish as seeing the gridlocked parking garage traffic... Now I'm very thankful I let my kids bring their tablets in the car... Looking forward to #followtheprophet even more!!
Lead image by Kristen Murphy, Deseret News