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Writing and Singing “A Great Work” – the 2021 Youth Theme Song

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

I usually write the theme songs for other people to sing, like “I Will Go and Do,” sung by David Archuleta, and “Peace in Christ,” sung by McKenna Hixson. But this year, I got to sing my own song! It was a really cool experience to be able to write and sing the theme song for the youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Every time I write a theme song, I have so many different ideas before I come up with what is right for the scripture. The scripture that the 2021 theme is based off of is D&C 64:33-34: “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind.”


If you’re looking for the 2021 youth theme resources, you can click here.

As you can see, the scripture has a lot of different parts that we could have focused on. I started focusing on “the Lord requireth the heart” and tried to write a song called “He Wants Your Heart,” but it wasn’t feeling right. We could have focused on “Be not weary in well doing,” or “laying the foundation,” or “out of small things,” but we decided that the best message for this year was “a great work.”


We decided to focus on the great work we all have, collectively, as members of the Church and children of God, and also the great work each of us have to do individually. That’s why the logo is a thumb print – it’s symbolic that each of us is unique and important, and we have a great work to do on this earth.


Here are a few ideas I had before I came up with the final version of “A Great Work.”




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Hubert Baidoo
Hubert Baidoo
20 jun 2022

Thanks Nik Day. I love all of your songs. Like If you believe and footsteps, infact, every song. Some of your song ideas could be used to write fantastic songs. I love the 2022 album especially the Song "Dust". Keep up the good work and God richly bless you

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We have been listening to your songs for such a long time. My teenager burns mixes to listen in the car when we drive. It was so fun to listen to your work as you developed the song A Great Work. Thanks for sharing that. It's good for my kids (who often get discouraged when it takes them a while to finish a project) to see the work that goes into a song and how it doesn't just pop out of your head in it's final form.

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pkaraput20
pkaraput20
09 nov 2021

Thank you so much Nik Day for writing and singing this year's theme song.

My family and I really love that song (Great work).

We appreciate you and all the efforts that you've put in.

May the good Lord continue to bless you and your family.

You have done a "Great Work" and we the "youths" are part of it.

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