Youth Help Record Mutual Theme Songs in Spanish
Contributed By John Griffin, Church News contributor
“I know that when you combine music and the Spirit, there can be miracles. Music can soften the hearts of people and invite them to come unto Christ.” —Denisse Avila Hernández, participant
Spanish-speaking youth around the world can now enjoy the music of the 2016 Mutual theme in their own language, thanks to the talents and service of young men and young women from throughout Mexico who recorded the songs February 26–28 in Mexico City and participated in a two-day music composition workshop.
The 35 participants came in response to the Area Presidency’s invitation to share their musical talents to help other youth increase their faith in Christ.
“I know that when you combine music and the Spirit, there can be miracles,” said 18-year-old participant Denisse Avila Hernández. “Music can soften the hearts of people and invite them to come unto Christ.”
Helping to make the words, messages, and music of the 2016 Mutual theme available in Spanish for their peers in Mexico was a great motivator for these youth. Until now, young men and young women in Mexico have only been able to listen to the Mutual theme songs in English.
The recording effort was just part of the Area Presidency’s goal to build a foundation for LDS music in Spanish for the youth of Mexico. During the music composition workshop, participants learned how to write, perform, and record music. Some of the music they wrote during the workshop was even recorded that weekend.
“It was not that we were the more talented or smartest or best composers, singers, or musicians, but we were instruments in the hands of God. But this means we can leave a legacy that can touch the hearts of people that they will know Heavenly Father and the Savior,” said 17-year-old Yutsil Acatzin Maldonado Tovar.
Area leaders hope these participants will continue to compose and perform spiritual music in Spanish and then share it with other Spanish-speaking countries throughout the Church.
You can find the 12 Mutual theme album songs in Spanish they recorded on the youth.lds.org Spanish music site and the Mexico Area country page: www.sud.org.mx/ahora. They also will soon be available on Spotify.
Cover of the Spanish 2016 Mutual theme album.
Musically talented youth from all over Mexico converged on Mexico City February 26–28 to record the 2016 Mutual theme songs in Spanish and participate in a music composition workshop sponsored by the Area Presidency. Photo by Dalene Griffin.
Young men and women participate in a music composition workshop February 26–28 in Mexico City. Photo by Dalene Griffin.
Nefi Hernández helps record the 2016 Mutual theme songs in Spanish. Photo by Dalene Griffin.
Members of one of the groups at the composition workshop in Mexico City February 26–28 work together on a new song. Photo by Dalene Griffin.
Evelyn Ivens helps record the 2016 Mutual theme songs in Spanish. Photo by Dalene Griffin.
Young men and women in Mexico help record one of the new songs they composed during the music workshop. Photo by Dalene Griffin.
Ángela Daniela Ramirez helps record the 2016 Mutual theme songs in Spanish. Photo by Dalene Griffin.