Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently performed on 580 CFRA News Talk Radio and on CTV Morning Live in hopes of bringing the spirit of Christmas to the National Capital Region.
The local Church choir sang an original arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and several other carols after performing at the Christmas Cheer Breakfast -- Ottawa's largest networking breakfast event, which benefits the Ottawa Food Bank, the Christmas Exchange, and other local charities -- held at The Westin Ottawa on 6 December 2012. The choir has performed for 580 CFRA for each of the past three years, under the direction of choral director Dr. Mark Mitchell.
In introducing the choir the next morning on CTV-2, the affiliated TV station, local Church leader Terry Nemeth remarked, "This is a time of year when we like to give back in our community. It is Christmastime and we all feel of that spirit. The members of the Mormon Ottawa Choir give back through music. ...It brings the spirit of Christmas to all of us."
Not only has the Mormon Ottawa Choir enjoyed a three-year relationship with 580 CFRA News Talk Radio in Ottawa, but this year is also the third year that Music and the Spoken Word will air on Christmas Eve. CFRA News and Program Director Steve Winogron said, "It's about time we bring Christ back into Christmas."
For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Christmas season is a special time to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Every year, Latter-day Saints gather with family and friends and recall the tender scene of “the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). Like other Christians, Latter-day Saints recognize that without the Savior’s atoning sacrifice and His victorious Resurrection, His birth in Bethlehem would not mean all that it does today.