Some 700 years before Jesus Christ was born, the biblical prophet Isaiah wrote of the names by which he would be called: “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Isaiah later used the title “Saviour” as he prophesied of Jesus Christ’s coming.
“Of the many titles the scriptures give to the Lord Jesus Christ, perhaps none is more significant, more sacred, than that of ‘Savior,’” said Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “It was at his birth in Bethlehem that the angels declared, ‘A Savior is born,’ and it was through his Atonement and Resurrection that he fulfilled that title.”
In a video released Sunday by the LDS Church, children repeat the "good tidings of great joy" associated with Jesus Christ's birth.
“Children were chosen to proclaim a witness of the Savior’s birth because they represent what is best about Christmas: happiness, innocence, goodness, excitement and purity,” said Greg Droubay, director of media for the LDS Church's Missionary Department. “Children embody the magic of the Christmas season. Featuring children from around the world was a natural fit to the video’s message.”
The video, titled "A Savior Is Born," can be found at christmas.mormon.org and will be available in 29 languages. A playable and downloadable version will also be available on the Gospel Library app in the 29 languages.
Inspired by George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," the video features children in Jerusalem, New York City and Los Angeles quoting scriptures about Christ's birth.
“A Savior Is Born” is the fourth video initiative released by the LDS Church since April 2014, when it launched its “Because of Him” video. Last year's Christmas video, "He Is The Gift," was viewed about 34 million times while this year's Easter video, "Because He Lives," collected nearly 30 million page views, according to mormonnewsroom.org.
“We saw tremendous success with the previous initiatives, amassing a combined 75 million views of the previous three videos,” Droubay said. “For this Christmas effort, we felt it important to take a different approach, featuring children and locations from around the world. We’re all one human family, children of God, no matter our backgrounds. And we all have a need for the Savior in our lives.”
Christmas.mormon.org will also be home to an animated video titled "A World Without a Savior,” which will be released in several languages and will explain how the Savior's birth affects the life of each person on the earth.
The video describes a world without a Savior and states, "Thankfully, that world doesn't exist because one quiet night long ago, in a tiny town, a child was born."