Mormon Tabernacle Choir member Cristi Ford Brazao took to Facebook to explain her reasons for joining the Choir in singing at President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
“What I’m trying to do as a person is to be like Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ associated with prostitutes and liars and thieves and while he did not endorse what they were doing, he still didn’t hold his mission from them,” said Brazao, a 7-year member of the Choir. “And my mission is one of love, peace and hope and I want to share that with others, even in the face of ridicule because that’s what Jesus Christ did.”
Brazao’s video comes a week following the resignation of fellow choir member Jan Chamberlin, who left the Choir because it chose to sing at the presidential inauguration. While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has explained that the Choir’s performance is not an endorsement, there have been mixed reactions following the announcement.
“The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has a great tradition of performing at the inaugurals of U.S. presidents,” said Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president.”
Brazao, who said she did not vote for Trump in the election, continues to explain how her decision to sing is doing good.
“In this country, where people are so divided and people are hurting, I truly believe in the power of music,” Brazao said in the video. “It can heal hearts and I want to contribute to that healing and also to bringing people together.”