The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) has a world famous choir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, that just launched their own YouTube channel! This is exciting for Mormon members, and friends of other faiths alike—bringing the beautiful music to the world, in a much greater capacity.
The announcement of this historic event for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir took place in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was streamed live for their 250,000 Facebook fans in a multimedia presentation where high school and college choral students attended.
President Thomas S. Monson (Mormon prophet) had recorded a message to be shown to those in attendance, where he declared his love for the choir’s music and said:
As you know, the choir always reserves for me a front-row seat at all of their concerts. As the adviser to the choir, I have the opportunity to work with these talented musicians on all of their musical endeavors, including their reason for gathering here today…The incredible music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is now at your fingertips (Deseret News).
Another one of the great offerings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is their Music and The Spoken Word 30-minute radio and television broadcast which is presented every Sunday. This is the oldest continuous nationwide network broadcast in the world—broadcasting on the radio since 1929. This monumental YouTube channel will also include weekly new episodes of this broadcast, where they will also be archived—allowing anyone to watch it, anytime.
The Choir’s music has touched my life personally in many ways. Their music has helped me prepare for spiritual events, like going to church or to the Mormon temple. And it has even helped me stay “pumped up” while exercising, particularly when running marathons. I even listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when I just have a bad day and need a little boost. I personally am excited for this event because it will give me greater access to the goodness that the “Mo-Tab” has to offer, and that it will be available to the world in a very accessible way.
The LDS Church has a pamphlet called The Strength of Youth which gives counsel specifically for youth, but is applicable to everyone, and under the section of “Entertainment and Media” it gives this counsel: “Choose wisely when using media because whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Select only media that uplifts you.” Instead of the phrase “you are what you eat” I like to think of it, as “you are what you listen to.” I invite you to immerse yourself with the uplifting music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and pay attention, even write down, to how you think, feel, and act.
This article was written by Ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.