Utah-Tube: LDS artist shares #LightTheWorld message with individuals dealing with depression

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One LDS artist is using #LightTheWorld to share a message with individuals who struggle with depression.

Wendy Santiano, an artist from West Jordan, Utah, saw the #LightTheWorld campaign for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an opportunity to share light with people who deal with darkness.

“Being in nursery taught me how sweet the littlest ones at church can be … and all the words to ‘Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam,'” Santiano wrote on Facebook. “But as I would sing it I would often think about how hard it is to shine on my hardest days—and that is where the inspiration for the 3rd verse came from.”

Feeling inspired, Santiano decided to write a third verse to the two-verse Primary song. The two lines to the new verse go: “Jesus wants me to be happy, and every day I try. But then life gets overwhelming and sometimes makes me cry.”

Santiano’s message is that even though we might be in a dark place sometimes, it doesn’t mean we can’t be a light to others at different moments.

“Anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression or negative self-talk knows that if you can push past it somehow and find someone to serve,” Santiano wrote on Facebook, “it can make the day seem a whole lot brighter.

“It doesn’t happen every day, but on those days when you catch a ray of sunlight and get the courage to share it, I hope you will see yourself for the SUNBEAM that you are to those around you!”

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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