Encore Fall 2022

Young Ambassadors

Singing in South Korea

The Young Ambassadors and their tour leaders sightsee between performances in Seoul.

For the BYU Young Ambassadors, COVID complications early on in their tour brought unexpected blessings. Pandemic restrictions hindered the group’s original plan to present a live devotional; instead, the devotional was broadcast throughout South Korea. The performance reached an estimated audience of 6,500 people via the broadcast, with an additional 4,500 views on YouTube afterward, exceeding the number of people who would have been able to attend in-person. One performer remarked, “I loved our first devotional. We sang a song called ‘My Kindness Shall Not Depart from Thee.’ There were many times on tour that I needed reminding of that message. I’m grateful we were able to share it with the members in Korea.”

The following day, the Young Ambassadors held several workshops at Humphreys High School, where they shared their love of song and dance with the students in attendance. Afterward the group put on a lively performance for the community at Camp Humphreys Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel in Pyeongtaek. Their performance was the first major event held in the area since the start of the pandemic.

The Young Ambassadors enjoy interacting with local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Young Ambassadors kicked off their second week by taking in the sights of South Korea, including the Korean Folk Village, which is used as a set for Korean television dramas. The Young Ambassadors saw restored government offices and the homes of nobles, farmers, and villagers. The group then attended church at the Suji Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and afterward had a delicious lunch prepared by local members. Two days later the group went to the Seoul Korea Temple and then held their final performance that evening at the Incheon Global Campus.

To celebrate the end of a successful tour despite numerous obstacles, the Young Ambassadors spent their final day in South Korea at Everland, one of the top theme parks in the world. A firework display set to the music of K-pop band BTS closed a full day of fun and a truly spectacular two weeks in South Korea.

BYU students (from left) Luke Rands, Issa McKnight, and Cassidy Riggs re-create the Young Ambassadors billboard posted outside the performance venue in Cheongju.

The BYU Young Ambassadors visit the Seoul Kore Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.