LDS Church reacts to sale of free Christmas concert tickets

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SALT LAKE CITY -- People are voicing their displeasure over the sale of complimentary tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's annual Christmas concert featuring local pop singer and American Idol star David Archuleta.

Those complimentary tickets were awarded at random in a lottery last month and because of the popularity of the concert and the limited number of tickets, people are selling their tickets on local classified websites, including

People are complaining that these complimentary tickets are now being sold for profit. One e-mailer to described the attempts to sell the tickets as "a disappointing commentary on the condition of some folks hearts."

On learning that people are trying to sell their tickets, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this statement:

"Tickets to the Christmas Concert are offered at no cost to allow everyone the opportunity to attend. Attempts to profit from this free offering are inappropriate."

The concert series begins with a preview Dec. 16, followed by evening concerts Dec. 17 and 18 and a Sunday morning "mini-concert" Dec. 19.

All available tickets have been distributed; however, a standby line will form at the north gate of Temple Square prior to each concert.


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