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Learning new languages with stadium singing

Sunday evenings under the BYU-Idaho stadium, students come together to end their Sabbath by singing hymns together in multiple languages.

The languages sung include English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and French. Spanish singing begins at 8:30 p.m. and ends at 9:15 p.m., followed by English singing at 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to the BYU-I website.

Tomas Kandalaft Ruminot, a sophomore studying biology, said that when he comes to stadium singing, he feels the Spirit.

“It is a good Sunday activity,” said Garett Miller, a sophomore studying health science. “It helps you focus on what is important rather than getting distracted.”

Jerika Pischke, a sophomore majoring in general studies, said stadium singing is a good way to wrap up a Sunday by going to church in the morning then ending the day by stadium singing in the evening.

Students can suggest songs during the week for the group to sing on Sunday by posting on the group discussion page, according to the stadium singing Facebook page.

Miller said there is a sense of camaraderie between all the students that come to the event.

“I see that everyone is happy,” said Kandalaft Ruminot. “We always make new friends and have a blast. It is always a positive experience.”

Kandalaft Ruminot said being able to feel the spirit every Sunday is something wonderful.

“The power of music really brings the spirit in,” Pischke said.

Pischke said she started coming with her roommates because singing and music has always been a huge part of her life and that students who have never experienced stadium singing should come and try it out.

“Some people aren’t really into it, but I really love it,” Pischke said. “It is a great place to socialize and sing praises to the Lord. My testimony has strengthened a lot. The power of music really brings the spirit in, and like I said, it is a really big part of my entire life.”

Kandalaft Ruminot said stadium singing has changed him and helped a lot during his time at school.

“It truly has changed me,” Kandalaft Ruminot said.“It has helped me a lot during my semesters here.”

Students can wear either classroom or Sunday attire to the event, according to the BYU-I website. The event is free for all students.

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