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Utah teens thrilled with viral reaction to 'Words' video

By Rachel Konishi and Jordan Ormond | Posted - Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah youth group's music video is going viral, but it's not the song that has so many people watching it on YouTube; it's the incredible message the video sends.

In the video, set to the song "Words" by Hawk Nelson, each boy in the LDS Church group wrote something positive on a note card about each girl in the group. All the while, the girls unknowingly played games in a separate room.

One by one, each girl was brought into a room and asked to hold up a blank poster board in front of a camera. The boys then posted their note cards on the girl's poster board.

Each time the video shows a girl turning over her poster board to read it, there are smiles all around.

"If we achieved 100 percent smiles here, think what we could do to the whole world," the video states.

Those who participated are thrilled with the positive the video has received.

"It's weird having everybody at school be like, 'Oh, I saw you in this video!' said Kaiah Nelson, one of the girls who participated in the video.

"But it's also really cool to see it go viral, 'cause then everyone can see what we did," she told the video's producers.

Leaders of the group are amazed with how quickly the video is spreading.

"We had one of our young women show the video in their school, and then went back into each individual classroom, and the school had the classes do this activity in their classrooms," Emily Eddington, a Young Women advisor, told producers. "I love that this is spreading."

"We're influencing people every day with our words, whether its for good or for bad," said Young Women president Kristi Durfey. "And if we can realize the impact that it has on other people's lives, why not lift people up instead of tearing them down?"

Contributing: Keira Farrimond

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