It’s been quite a week in world affairs, with the global community stunned by Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine. Images of Ukrainian refugees abound on social media while Russian troops attack even civilian areas and threaten to level entire cities.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has two stakes in Ukraine and over 11,000 members (according to the Church’s official page – but that page hasn’t even been updated to include the organization of a stake in Kharkiv in 2021). Latter-day Saint missionaries were pulled from the country in January. The Kyiv Ukraine Temple closed last week with no signs of reopening anytime soon. And the First Presidency issued a statement asking for the return to peace.
Amidst all the tumult, there have been glimmers of hope a the world rallies around Ukraine, honoring Ukrainians at the state and national level in the United States and elsewhere.
To do its part, the BYU Singers recently gathered with many members of the BYU Choirs and other “friends of Ukraine” to record a beautiful rendition of the beloved hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” in Ukrainian.
The group encouraged all to “Please send this to anyone you know who is connected to Ukraine to uplift them during this difficult time!” Please do!
This is the best thing BYU has done since allowing caffeinated soda on campus.