Exclusive: What Didn't Make It Into My Deseret News' Report About Neon Trees' Coming Home Concert

Tyler Glenn, frontman for Neon Trees,
performs at benefit concert in Murrieta, Ca.
Neon Trees, the ‘not’ Mormon band, recently returned to the place where lead singer, Tyler Glen, and guitarist, Chris Allen, both grew up: Murrieta, Calif. – and which happens to also be where I live. When I heard that the band was actually returning to do a benefit concert, at one of our local high schools, of all places, I just knew that I had to cover these local heroes’ coming home story!

If you follow the band, you know how ridiculous that sounds, considering they’ve just returned from playing massive concerts around the world, and opened for some pretty major players in the music industry. Yes, Neon Trees is on the rise and their growth is only expected to go up!

I say ‘not’ Mormon, because Neon Trees, although all members have LDS roots, each serving a fulltime mission for The Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints, their music is made for a wide-audience. The bands' popularity over the last few years has soared, globally, which made this ‘homecoming’ concert a huge deal in Murrieta: small town boys make it BIG – come home ‘rock stars’! 

Like that kind of 'huge'!

Wanting to cover this story on a broader scale, I decided to be bold and contact the right editor at Deseret News, Aaron Shill, to inquire if he would consider allowing this local, Mormon blogger, cover the concert set right in my backyard; knowing it would be of interest to many of their readers – considering the band, as now formed, was launched from Provo, UT.

To my shock, he agreed!

The Deseret News has finally published my article covering the June 8th, Murrieta Neon Trees' Benefit Concert, after vacations and some necessary editing to take the material I submitted and boil it down to a ‘news’ piece. I must say, he did a great job making sure all the interview material that I acquired from Glenn and Allen is showcased - and rightfully so – it’s good stuff! (Don't miss it)

Chris Allen and Tyler Glenn, perform together in
Neon Trees' benefit concert, Murrieta, CA.
It was a delight to chat with Chris Allen, a true gentleman, and correspond with Tyler Glenn, via email, through his manager. However, the local enthusiasm for the concert, and my outreach within my community was cut extremely short, due to word-count limits – and so with this post, I preface/compliment my work at Deseret News, for my readers, with this ‘exclusive’ look behind my article on DN.

The simplest way to explain how this remarkable concert came about... ‘trees’ actually - family roots. The Glenn and Allen Families’ both have a rich history within the local community and are members of the Murrieta Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - as am I. In essence, Neon Trees is a current family history story of sorts, with its’ beginnings rooted in home, which is why this concert was special to so many - and in the process of it all put Murrieta, California, on the map!

Tyler and Chris were just two guys growing up who happened to go to the same church, both having a deep passion for music, which ultimately brought them together and would place them on the path to realizing their ‘Neon Trees’ dream. The relationship that they formed those many years ago is part of the roots which sustain the band today.

Faith and Freedom - A Very Special Video in Honor of Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! Please enjoy this beautiful Independence Day video, which Family Share has created to celebrate faith and freedom!
"Liberty and freedom mean having the choice to worship, pray and live whatever religion you believe."

"Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right that protects the conscience of all people. It allows us to think, express and act upon what we deeply believe. But around the world, and in the United States, this freedom is eroding. Churches, religious organizations and individuals face increasing restrictions as they participate in the public square, express their beliefs or serve in society. But there is much good that Church members and people of goodwill can do to preserve and strengthen religious freedom."

Read official statement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Religious Freedom.

Video: Faith and Freedom

From my latest post in honor of Independence Day:

Our job, as covenant members of His Church, is to make sure that we are governed by righteous leadership, ensuring righteous principles prevail - so that individuals are able to freely exercise their God-given agency; critical to Salvation.

It is evident as we observe our current unstable conditions, that it is clearly the result of not having those in office who reverence and respect moral principles, upon which the U.S. Constitution was founded. Daily, we see evil in government. We see an overall lack of morals in society at large, which is reflected right back at us, in our governing officials. Sadly, we are responsible, as a country, for those in power.

Personally, I have a renewed commitment to more fully understand the principles upon which this great country was founded. I have a testimony that God has placed us here, specifically - to be guardians of righteousness. I'm also thankful to those who understand, with spiritual eyes, what is happening in the world today and that they are willing to speak out, regardless of cultural consequences.

Read entire post here: Defending Freedom Through Righteous Principles:

Kathryn Skaggs


Defending Freedom Through Righteous Principles

With Independence Day upon us, one can't help but think of the wonderful freedom that citizens of the United States of America enjoy, above all other countries in the world - the reason we celebrate our liberty as a Nation, annually, on the 4th of July.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we hold a unique view of the importance of this country in the winding up scenes of the world, prepatory to the Second Coming

To members of the LDS Church, this land is a "Promised Land", upon which the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in the latter-days, has come forth.

Due to to the understanding that Mormons have of the importance of America, and the LDS church history which support those beliefs, Mormons in general tend to be very patriotic - believing that the Constitution of the United States, is an inspired document. 

In short, we believe that God prepared specific men to come together at a particular time in the history of the world to draft such a document. The country founded upon the principles established in this inspired, principled work, would then open the way whereby the original Christian Church could then be re-established in the last days. Mormonism teaches that this was and is part of a master plan, designed by our Creator.