The day of the "We Will Stand" event started out beautifully.
However, just as the plane was landing, a big wind seemed to come
up out of nowhere and the skies turned cloudy and dark over the
Mile High City. There was some snow falling.
Instead of eating lunch upon arrival, Father Moon held a Hoon Dok
Hae session (reading of God's Word) for three hours. He was preparing
The banquet hall was filled to overflowing with well over 1000
guests. Some people were turned away from the main hall and had
to take a seat in the overflow room where a light buffet was prepared
along with a closed circuit broadcast of the program.
An essay contest was organized around the theme of the event, "Stand
Together America". Sixty young people from local church youth
groups between the ages of 13-25 submitted essays on topics ranging
from the unity among people of different backgrounds to the overcoming
of past injustices.
The essays were displayed in the lobby of the hotel.
Many people were inspired by the depth of insight from these young
Reverend Thomas Mayes a prominent Bishop in the Full Gospel fellowship
gave the opening prayer.
interracial choir of over 100 voices deeply moved the crowd.
Lutherans, Catholics, Hmong Baptists, and others had joined in with
excitement of the "We Will Stand" interfaith theme and
Mrs. Lily Shen, director of the Asian culture center in Denver,
had attended the local Denver Holy Blessing ceremony of marriage
in February. She was deeply inspired by it and brought leaders of
several Asian culture groups as well as her Chinese choral group
to join the interfaith choir.
A group of dancers from Colorado College and a Native American
drum team performed as well.
There were brief remarks by Dr. Richard Lindsay, a member of the
LDS Council of 70 from Salt Lake City on the value of the family.
Dr. Billy McCormack of the Christian Coalition, Reverend Walter
Fauntroy of Washington D.C., and Reverend Jesse Edwards of Philadelphia
also gave welcome and praise for the spirit and power of the crusade.
Reverend Edwards proclaimed that Father Moon was the annointed
of God. When he went out in the hall he was met by about 10 very
negative and upset individuals. "Brother, you are a liar and
a heretic. You're supporting a false prophet. You are supporting
the anti-christ", one stated.
Reverend Edwards dealt with them simply and firmly,
"Brother, I love you all. I believe in Jesus and that Jesus
annointed Father Moon."
His sense of peace and love prevailed.
A brief biographical video preceded the appearance of Father Moon
on the stage.
Father Moon captivated the audience with his humility and humor.
He asked the audience to please forgive him on the basis of his
age of 81 years if he were to speak for a long time or digress from
He could speak many nice words and make everyone happy and satisfied,
but that is not what God would want him to do. He also stated that
he could speak words which would make two thirds of the audience
It was his challenge to the audience
"If a husband and wife love each other dearly, but have no
children, then their love has no future and they cannot enter the
Kingdom of Heaven. Everyone is a child of Satan."
Some people were offended and left the room. One man about halfway
back in the hall suddenly shouted out, "Who is the Messiah?"
Father Moon told him to go home and pray about it. His speech continued.
The vast majority stayed and heard the message to the end, grateful
and deeply inspired.
Dr. Billy McCormack stood strong and ended the program joining
in a reconciliation ceremony with the Nation of Islam leader Minster