Merry Christmas! We hope this song helps you feel close to Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of the World. We love Him!
This video is one of the ways our family is participating in the 2018 #lighttheworld campaign by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, For inspiration about how you can serve others as Jesus did, share His light, and give as He gave this Christmas, please visit comeuntochrist.org/christmas/light-the-world
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We love the message of this traditional carol in this inspired arrangement by Marianne Larsen and Rachel Mohlman of Faithsong Publications. We are so grateful to them for allowing us to use their work!
“The First Noel” mentions shepherds watching over their sheep. When we think of people watching over each other, we think of nurses and caregivers in hospitals, care centers, and homes, keeping watch over those who are sick or elderly. We also think of teachers and parents, who dedicate their whole lives to children, who are their “sheep.”
We are grateful to the staff of The Charleston at Cedar Hills, who allowed us to visit and film there, and to the residents who allowed us to sing for them and meet them. We were inspired by the kindness we saw between the staff and the residents, and by the tenderness the residents showed toward us.
We are thankful to Lynette Chidester, who has been one of Annalie’s teachers at church, for participating in this video and representing the love teachers have for their “sheep.”
We are grateful to the Smith family for lending us their adorable little boys and allowing Abby and Annalie to show that very young people can also be shepherds.
May we all follow Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, by taking tender care of one another this Christmas and always! “And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Many thanks to these professionals who helped us produce this video:
The First Noel: Traditional English Christmas carol. Additional lyrics by Davies Gilbert, 1833, and Anna M. Molgard. Arranged by Marianne Larsen and Rachel P. Mohlman. This arrangement is available at faithsongmusic.com. The arrangers can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Video produced and directed by Mary Lynn Johnson, our mom, and funded and supported by David Johnson, our dad.
Piano Midi track created by Jordan Kamalu, email@example.com, and recorded by Guy Randle at Rosewood Recording Company, rosewoodrecording.com
Vocals recorded and track mixed by Marvin Payne at Babymoon Recording Studio, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cinematography by Calen Albert, email@example.com
Editing by Calen Albert and Mary Lynn Johnson.