OGDEN — “Un bálsamo de Galaad.”
That’s how Pedro Larreal of the Quorum of the Seventy describes Saturday’s Fireside Musical Español — like a balm of Gilead.
"Many people are going through difficult times ... and they need a balm and communicate with God," Larreal said.
The Spanish-language event, put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ogden Tabernacle.
Larreal said the event aims to bring together Hispanic families to celebrate the heritage and the community.
“We want to do something different so people can feel it and live it,” Larreal said in Spanish. “The idea is to encourage those who are tired.”
Mexican singer-songwriter Alex Melecio will be the featured artist of the event.
According to Melecio's biography, he was a finalist on the talent show "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento" in 2012, a reality show that tries to discover new talent for Hispanic audiences in the US.
Melecio released his debut album in October.
The event will also give attendees the opportunity to speak and meet other Hispanics in the community, and will also serve as a sort of safe space for Hispanic communities, Larreal said.
He said they intentionally chose Ogden as one of the cities to host the Spanish fireside due to the growing Hispanic population.
“Ogden is a different place,” Larreal said. “We have to start getting closer to communities like that and value them.”
Similar events have been held this year in Brigham City and Taylorsville, Larreal said.
He encouraged everyone — including non-LDS Church members — to attend the event.
He also mentioned the current political climate, including family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, as a reason to hold an event like this in northern Utah since, like he said, “fear is contagious.”
“People want to find a place where they can feel they belong,” Larreal said. “The important thing is that, when people get together, we can help the neighbor, just like Christ would do it.”