Strength team to ap­pear in Payson, Maple­ton

Serve Daily - - MERIT ACADEMY - By Karen L. Wil­loughby

Men who can bench press in ex­cess of 400 pounds will show their strength on May 5 in Payson and Maple­ton schools and on May 6 at the Payson City Cen­ter.

The Lifted in Faith strength team of Louisiana, led by Brad Horn­back, will also be hosted by Hope Bap­tist Church of Payson and First Bap­tist Church of Pleas­ant Grove on Sun­day, May 7, where they will per­form dur­ing the 11 a.m. wor­ship time.

“We are ex­cited to re­turn to Utah,” emailed Horn­back while trav­el­ing on the team’s fourth mis­sion trip in as many years to El Sal­vador. “When we were in Orem two years ago, we found the peo­ple to be friendly, help­ful and amazed by our feats of strength.”

In ad­di­tion to bench-press­ing, the Lifted in Faith team squashes fry­ing pans, bends re­bar, tears li­cense plates, blows up wa­ter bot­tles and chops through sev­eral blocks of wood.

“Grow­ing up, I was full of pride, had a bad at­ti­tude and found my­self al­ways get­ting into fights,” said Keith Nel­son, who has been with Lifted in Faith since 2011. “To­day I fight for the Lord and feel blessed each and ev­ery day to know Him.”

The Lifted in Faith team is sched­uled to per­form at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Mt. Nebo Ju­nior High School in Payson and be­tween 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. that evening at Maple Moun­tain Ju­nior High in Maple­ton.

“We use our abil­i­ties to cre­ate pow­er­ful dis­plays of strength that can­not be for­got­ten,” Horn­back said. “We use these feats of strength not solely for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses, but to cap­ture the at­ten­tion of our au­di­ence.”

At the schools, Lifted in Faith plan to show­case their feats of strength and to talk about is­sues per­ti­nent to teens such as the ben­e­fit of a good at­ti­tude, re­spect for all peo­ple and obey­ing those in au­thor­ity, which to­gether make up peo­ple who are men­tally strong. The top­ics of bul­ly­ing and sui­cide will also be dis­cussed.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Satur­day, May 6, Lifted in Faith will ap­pear in the gym- sized com­mu­nity room at Payson City Cen­ter. This event is free and open to the pub­lic. The day will also in­clude per­for­mances by Carl Moore, a Na­tive Amer­i­can hoop dancer, and Carl Mur­ray, also known as CDZthemes­sen­ger, a Chris­tian rap­per. Lit­tle Cae­sar’s will have pizza avail­able for pur­chase and Hope Payson will have hot dog combos avail­able for pur­chase.

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