News Release

New Youth Music Video Showcases Kiwi Talent and Scenery

A short video made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints premiered in Auckland on Monday 11 November.

The video, filmed and edited in New Zealand, showcases the Church’s 2020 youth theme and song.


The 2020 youth theme, “Go and Do,” was announced at the latest general conference of the Church.

The words “go and do” come from a verse in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, 1 Nephi 3:7, where a young man decides to follow the Lord’s commandments even when he is unsure how.

The theme will be introduced more fully by apostle Gerrit W. Gong at a Face to Face event for children and youth on 17 November 2019.

The event will introduce the video to the world and will be broadcast on 17 November at 4:00 p.m. US Mountain Standard Time, or 18 November at 12:00 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Savings Time. The event can be viewed here

The Auckland premiere featured a behind-the-scenes video interviewing the cast and several crew members.

Later, a local Church member, Huia Shortland, sang a Te Reo Māori version of the song “Go and Do.” She was joined on stage by fellow Latter-day Saint, Melissa Main, who performed an interpretive dance.


Members of the Church’s Pacific Area Presidency were in attendance, with their families.  

Elder Ian S. Ardern, president of the Pacific Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thanked everyone for coming and explained that each year a youth theme is chosen “which suits our day.”

He added, “The theme ‘Go and Do’ also encompasses the new children and youth program...As we ‘go and do,’ the Lord is better able to reveal to us what it is He wants us to do.”

Elder Ardern encouraged attendees to share their experiences on social media, saying, “It’s our great opportunity as invited guests to be able to share with others a wonderful peek into what’s going to happen in just a few days with Elder Gong.”

Elder K. Brett Nattress, first counsellor in the Pacific Area Presidency, thanked the cast and crew for their hard work on the project. He shared that the river in the video was the same river that was featured in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

All, especially children and youth, are invited to view the Face to Face event and the “Go and Do” video, and to share their experiences and impressions with friends and on social media. Those who post are invited to tag @churchofjesuschristpacific in their posts.

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