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Mormon YouTube videos with more than 1 million views (14 items)

By , Deseret News

Jan. 7, 2014

In recent years, the messages of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been making their way into homes worldwide through more than just church magazines and missionaries.

The LDS Church has created accounts on a wide array of social media sites, including YouTube. Across the more than one dozen YouTube channels the church owns, including versions of the Mormon Channel in Cantonese and Russian, 14 of the videos have surpassed one million views.

The videos that have reached this milestone come from the Mormon.org channel in the form of "I'm a Mormon" videos and the Mormon Channel's "Mormon Messages."

The "I'm a Mormon" videos were created in conjunction with the "I'm a Mormon" campaign, which the church launched in 2011. Billboards and posters featuring Mormon faces made their official debut in New York City and were shared in the U.K. in 2013. The Mormon Messages project began in 2008 with a video featuring an Easter message from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, according to LDS.org. Today there are 110 of these videos available on the Mormon Channel.

Here is a look at the 14 most viewed official LDS YouTube videos to date, several of which are in Spanish.

This data is based upon the English Mormon.org and Mormon Channel YouTube channels. While it contains videos in languages other than English, it does not include data from country-specific channels.

1 of 14. Alex Boyé

"I believe we become what we think about the most."

Sing-songwriter Alex Boyé has gone from living on the streets of London to sharing his passion for life and the gospel of Jesus Christ with millions through music.

This "I'm a Mormon" video has received 1,018,199 views. Boyé has his own YouTube channel with videos such as "I am Gold," which has also been viewed more than 1 million times.

2 of 14. Dominican broadcaster

"God has been so important during this time."

Vicente Hernandez's goal is to be the one of the best broadcasters in the Dominican Republic. He's also committed to his two children.

In this "I'm a Mormon" video he discusses how God and his faith have helped him since he and his wife separated nine years ago. His video was posted in 2012 and has 1,043,715 views.

Click on the "Captions" button at the bottom right side of the YouTube player to see the English translation.

3 of 14. Thomas S. Monson

"What is most important almost always involves the people around us."

Based on his 2008 talk titled "Finding Joy in the Journey," this video features images of families and friends overlayed with counsel from President Thomas S. Monson.

"Despite the changes which come into our lives, may we fill our days — as much as we can — with those things which matter most," President Monson said in "What Matters Most," a Mormon Channel video with 1,048,262 views.

4 of 14. National judo champ

"God is like a pillar that supports all the rest of the things that I try to do."

Karina Tapia Navas of San Jose, Costa Rica, is a national judo champion who received the award for the best athlete of Costa Rica.

Navas' father is her judo trainer, and she in turn teaches what she has learned to younger children.

Her "I'm a Mormon" video has received more than 1,062,839 views since it was posted in 2012.

Click on the "Captions" button at the bottom right side of the YouTube player to see the English translation.

5 of 14. Salsa dancer

"I have learned in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the meaning of faith in Christ."

Among the many businesses they run, Luis Navarro and his wife, Nubia Mejia, have a soft spot for their dance school. They also enjoy spending time with their two children.

"My family is the best part of my life. It is what gives my life purpose and flavor," Navarro said in this "I'm a Mormon" video, which has nearly 1.1 million views.

Click on the "Captions" button at the bottom right side of the YouTube player to see the English translation.

1. truth in all its forms
henderson, NV,
Jan. 7, 2014

what about the shaytards?

2. Middle-aged Mormon Man
Jan. 7, 2014

Thanks for putting this together!

3. get her done
Bountiful, UT,
Jan. 7, 2014

How many hits did people leave the site positive and how many negative? Hits are not an indication of acceptance. Just the interest level.

4. stephan2307
United Kingdom, 00,
Jan. 8, 2014

There are 10 times more positives than negatives.

5. And_im_a_mormon
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 8, 2014

I'm surprised how many have comments disabled. Another interesting thing to know would be how much each view cost the Church (on average). There is a difference between organic views, and promoted views.