December has yet to begin but videos created for #LightTheWorld have already started to appear on social media.
From a video of a service project in Belgium to an all-star collaboration of six LDS artists, the videos are a small representation of an international effort to bring light into the world this Christmas.
Jenn Blosil, Madilyn Paige and Bri Ray all have a couple of things in common. They are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they all appeared on reality television shows. Blosil and Ray appeared on “American Idol,” and Paige on “The Voice.” The three talented female artists recently joined forces with four talented male musicians, Yahosh Bonner, Junior Maile, Jywrrn and Sailiata Fano to create a music video for a song called, “Come and See.” Many other familiar faces make appearances in the video including Tony Finau, Jimmer Fredette and James the Mormon.
Meanwhile, the YouTube channel, The Wilky Ways, took part in a service project to pack lunch bags in Brussels, Belgium.
“We all spoke different languages and came from different countries, but we were all there for one reason: to help people,” Ethan Wilkinson said in an email to the Deseret News, later adding, “It was amazing to see different communities in such a large city come together and help people.”
Dallyn Vail Bayles, a well-beloved vocalist who has performed on Broadway, appeared in a video with Scott and Ryceejo to celebrate #LightTheWorld. The three formed a trio to perform Josh Groban’s “Thankful.”
Pianist Garth Smith released an arrangement of “For Unto Us A Child Is Born,” from Handel’s Messiah. The song is based on a scripture found in Isaiah 9:6, which reads: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Lyza Bull, a 12-year-old who is a member of One Voice Children’s Choir, performed a cover of “Stand in the Light,” a song originally performed by Jordan Smith from NBC’s “The Voice,” in a new video. As she sings the song, Bull is shown in Times Square and on the Brooklyn Bridge.
“When Lyza first heard the song ‘Stand in the Light’ on NBC’s The Voice sung by season 9 winner, Jordan Smith, she was obsessed with it! The powerful message of pushing your fears aside, standing in the ‘light’ of goodness and realizing who you truly are inside struck a chord with our little 12 year old musician,” the video’s description reads.