"Back in March, the strangest things occurred," is how the harmony-syncing Highland, Utah bishopric began their now-viral COVID-19 parody hit "For the Longest Time."
The 3:13 video features members of the Highland 19th Ward Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints singing along to Billy Joel's hit from his 1983 album "An Innocent Man."
"Pandemic, earthquake, church meetings put on hold," sings one.
2News talked with Bishop Shawn McLelland, who explained how it all came together:
We are a new bishopric, just called a couple of months ago. Around the end of September we received direction that we could resume weekly church meetings with some modifications for safety. We were excited about that and knew our neighbors would be as well. My two counselors are talented singers (Trevor Lucas and Dr. Ryan Riggs) and I was a former music producer with a small home studio, so we spent a couple of nights recording this for our ward to celebrate the news--and mainly just to put a smile on their faces. It's been a rough year! We never expected it to leak out and go viral, but are happy it has brought some joy to folks."
You can view the YouTube video here.